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Tax Reform: Why Should We Care?

Posted in Congress, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Joe Dowley served as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives when Congress last undertook fundamental tax reform. The clear feeling in Washington as we head into the fall session of Congress is that tax reform simply isn’t going to happen in 2013, and since 2014 is… Continue Reading

The Current Bet on Tax Reform in 2013

Posted in Congress, Legislation (Federal), Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Joe Dowley served as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives when Congress last undertook fundamental tax reform. On Friday, June 14th  the two tax-writing committee chairmen, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Ill) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), are scheduled to have another public session with the press… Continue Reading

Will the IRS Scandal Derail Tax Reform?

Posted in Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Joe Dowley served as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives when Congress last undertook fundamental tax reform. There is a “trifecta” of alleged scandals, one of which involves the IRS, afflicting Washington right now. For veteran Washington scandal watchers it is likely still too early… Continue Reading

Tax Reform Moving Ahead Even As Congress Grapples with Sequestration

Posted in Budget, Congress, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Joe Dowley served as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives when Congress last undertook fundamental tax reform. Skeptics are questioning whether comprehensive tax reform can happen in 2013 given the concern that Congress may use revenues needed for tax reform to avoid the so-called “sequester” cuts… Continue Reading

2012 Congressional Lame Duck Session: Webinar Summary and Recording

Posted in 2012 Elections, Appropriations, Budget, Congress, Legislation (Federal), National Security & Defense, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley A momentous session of Congress looms ahead… We are carefully watching developments in advance of the elections to gauge likely directions once voters have spoken. There won’t be much time—or open deliberation—once the Lame Duck begins. Most decisions, if there are any, will come as a result of closed door meetings between Congressional leaders… Continue Reading

2012 Congressional Lame Duck Session: Webinar Notice

Posted in 2012 Elections, Budget, Congress, Legislation (Federal), National Security & Defense, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley With the 2012 Congressional lame duck session fast approaching, there are a number of important issues for which public and private sector actors should be prepared. To help look more deeply into these topics, including a budget overview, sequestration, defense authorization legislation, taxes, and the implications of the Presidential and Senate elections, we… Continue Reading

Chairman Baucus on Tax Reform

Posted in Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley A relatively early, and small, step was taken today on what is likely to be a long road ahead. In a speech that amounted to a ringing endorsement of the need for tax reform, but that stopped well short of providing much more than themes, Chairman Max Baucus set forth his view… Continue Reading

New Revenues Make Up Half of Obama Budget Savings

Posted in Budget, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Although key details have yet to emerge on corporate tax proposals, the President’s just-released budget calls for half of its $3 trillion in cuts over ten years to come from revenues. Nearly two-thirds of this $1.5 trillion would come as a result of permitting the Bush-era (2001 and 2003) tax cuts for families… Continue Reading

President Obama Unveils New Small Business “Start-up” Proposals

Posted in Budget, Legislation (Federal), Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley The Administration unveiled new proposals yesterday aimed at encouraging small business “start-ups” that build upon earlier-passed temporary tax breaks. The proposals are an effort to reach out to the part of the business sector which is responsible for “most new jobs” in the economy, according to a White House press release. The… Continue Reading

2012 Crystal Ball: Can This Congress Accomplish Anything Regarding the Nation’s Debt Crisis?

Posted in 2012 Elections, Budget, Legislation (Federal), Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Some might argue that it already has. It has put in place a budgetary “sword of Damocles” – a scheduled January 2013, 10-year “sequestration” – $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts largely to defense and other popular discretionary spending. It was passed by this Congress and its existence will dominate all other legislative activities… Continue Reading

The Inaugural Post: Welcome to the Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Posted in 2012 Elections, Cybersecurity, Energy Policy, Government Ethics, Health Policy, Infrastructure, Political Law, Tax Policy, Transportation

By Eric Tanenblatt Happy New Year and welcome to the new Politics, Law and Policy Blog: Bipartisan policy insights and political intelligence. This blog is a forum led by members of the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, an international law and public policy firm with offices in nine… Continue Reading