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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

Veterans Day is celebrated this week, so the Senate and the House of Representatives are currently back in their states and districts. All of us here at Total Spectrum thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Heard on the Hill covers last week’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey – the outcome of each election, and the impact that their surprise outcomes are already having on legislative activity and the plans for next November’s off-year elections. It also reviews the suspense in the House of Representatives before the bipartisan infrastructure bill finally passed and highlights two very recent economic reports – one that is encouraging and one that is concerning. Kia Motors has a strong presence in the United States with investment and jobs at its manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia. In this week’s Total Spectrum Spotlight, our colleague and friend Congressman Erik Paulsen interviews Christopher Wenk, Vice President of Government Affairs at Kia, discussing how policies in Washington impact the industry and what we can expect to see in electric and autonomous vehicle innovation. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

As this is being written, President Biden has announced a framework for the Democrats’ scaled-back reconciliation package, as well as held an impromptu meeting with the House Democrat Caucus at the Capitol where he basically told them to get the reconciliation and infrastructure packages passed before he landed in Europe for his meeting with the Pope and the climate change conference. Meanwhile, progressive Democrats aren’t quite there yet. This push and pull in the Democratic caucuses of the Senate and the House reminds one of the old line about the immovable object and the unstoppable force. In this edition of This Week in Washington, Patrick Robertson’s Washington Whispers continues his excellent coverage of activity on the social infrastructure bill Democrats want to pass using the reconciliation process, the bipartisan infrastructure bill, funding the government for this fiscal year, and the need to raise the debt ceiling. Al Jackson shares his Defense Update, and Ramona Lessen provides summaries of two Congressional hearings – one on security issues in Afghanistan and central/south Asia, and a second focused on cyberattacks on planes, trains, and pipelines. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

We are nearing the end of President Biden’s first year in office, and we’re about to enter 2022, which will feature next November’s off-year election. The legislative agenda will begin to bump into the political agenda. In today’s Heard on the Hill Steve Gordon explores trend lines in current polls and the back story on how the debt ceiling bill passed the U.S. Senate. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics. This week’s Total Spectrum Spotlight is with Senator John Barrasso, MD (R-WY). As Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, Senator Barrasso is the third ranking member of the Republican Senate Caucus. He serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Our colleague Congressman Erik Paulsen spent some of his August in Wyoming with the Barrassos and recently taped a wonderful interview with the Senator.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - October 1, 2021

October 1, 2021

This Week in Washington includes a summary and analysis of this crazy week’s events in Patrick Robertson’s Washington Whispers. In fact, we have pushed back our normal release time to give Patrick enough time to accurately report on the latest with the ‘Manchinema vs. Progressives’ heavyweight bout. Congressman Erik Paulsen has an article about a Ways and Means proposal that is not good news for many small businesses, and Al Jackson shares an update on all things defense. Ramona Lessen summarizes two recent Senate hearings – one on CARES Act Oversight of the Treasury and Federal Reserve, and another reviewing the administration of laws under jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. And, Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

We decided to approach our first issue since the August break by using Heard on the Hill to provide an overview of the major and controversial items that are on the legislative agenda. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. The most significant event on this month’s calendar was the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attack. Steve Gordon assembled three of the Total Spectrum team members – Todd Smith, Steve Ruhlen, and Ramona Lessen – and talked about the experiences and reactions of that day. Todd was in the House of Representatives, Ramona was in the Senate, Steve Ruhlen was in the White House, and Steve was a political consultant working in his office two blocks from the Senate. Each of us had different experiences but our reactions were quite similar. It was a great conversation, and we hope you enjoy reading it.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021

There was a flurry of last-minute activity in the Senate over the last few days, and Steve Gordon summarizes what happened this week – and what happens next – in this week’s Heard on the Hill. Our colleague Congressman Erik Paulsen was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and served as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. He has written a series of articles this year about the economy, and his latest is about President Biden’s proposed 15% global tax and how it could hurt American workers.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Congress’s continuing discussions on infrastructure remains this week’s hot topic. Patrick Robertson’s Washington Whispers details the latest on all the moving parts of an agreement and how the August recess weighs on the process. Congressman Erik Paulsen writes about the risks – immediate and long-term – of relinquishing intellectual property protections on medicines like the COVID-19 vaccines. Al Jackson shares recent progress of the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report, and Ramona Lessen reviews two recent Senate committee hearings covering cryptocurrencies and the implementation and enforcement of the USMCA (U.S.-Mexico-Canada) trade agreement. Be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021

In Heard on the Hill, Steve Gordon covers the continuing and changing-by-the-minute story of the President’s traditional and social Infrastructure agenda. He also wades into the President’s 20-page executive order on competition. Congressman Erik Paulsen writes about six tax incentives that will play a major role in the President’s agenda. Steve Ruhlen brings us up to speed on the appropriations process for the 2022 fiscal year. Ramona Lessen reviews a recent House Small Business Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee hearing on economic recovery in rural America. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. And, be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

Patrick Robertson writes about the round-and-round (and round) negotiations we’ve seen on infrastructure in this issue’s Washington Whispers. Todd Smith and Blake T. Fulenwider take a closer look at the Supreme Court’s latest defense of the Affordable Care Act, Al Jackson updates us on activities impacting the defense sector, and Ramona Lessen summarizes a Senate Commerce hearing on building resilient networks. Of course, Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics. Congressman Erik Paulsen has a special and vitally important Total Spectrum Spotlight interview with Jay Timmons, the President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

Americans – finally and thankfully – are coming out of our COVID cocoons. One of the things we have been thinking about over this past year is how a changing society is forcing some changes on Congress, and sometimes how the structure and traditions of Congress are pushing back. It is an important subject, and not just an academic or historical one, because we are seeing it play out in the Senate in its deliberations over the President’s infrastructure bill. Steve Gordon writes in Heard on the Hill about the potholes on the road to an infrastructure bill, and how it is really about the struggle between ‘want to’ and ‘can do’… and how the bill ultimately gets done. Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Ramona Lessen provides reviews of two key legislative hearings – one before the Senate Finance Committee on the IRS budget for 2022, and another of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing threats to our critical infrastructure.

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