Republicans Hold Leadership Elections

Congressional Republicans held leadership elections this week, with both chambers choosing to stay the course for the most part. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will keep his post next year, while Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) won the job of incoming minority leader in the House. GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) retained his leadership post… Read more »

Brady Open to Extenders, Technical Fixes

Before House Republicans slip into the minority next year, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) is preparing legislation to fix the “retail glitch” and other errors in last year’s tax law, along with a tax extenders package. “We are prepared and ready if there is an appetite to move some of these… Read more »

Government Funding Awaits Lame Duck Congress

Congress has returned to work this week needing to agree on seven fiscal 2019 spending bills to prevent a partial shutdown from beginning on Dec. 7. After last week’s midterm elections, the political dynamic has changed with Democrats gaining at least 32 seats to retake the House, with several races still undecided. Reaching common ground… Read more »

Visit U.S. Coalition Urges Brand USA Reauthorization

The Visit U.S. Coalition is circulating a sign-on letter urging lawmakers to reauthorize Brand USA, the public-private partnership established by Congress to market and promote the U.S. as a destination. Brand USA has proven effective in drawing international visitors to the U.S., working with more than 800 partner organizations to generate $17.7 billion in visitor… Read more »

Dems, GOP Outline Post-Election Tax Priorities

Congressional Democrats and Republicans this week outlined differing tax policy priorities depending on the outcome of next week’s midterm elections. President Trump and House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) have been touting the success of last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, while promising more relief for the middle-class next year. Trump floated… Read more »