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SecDef: Trade Enhances U.S. Security

March 26, 2015 — Blog

Expandingand deepening trade relationships produces stronger national security. That was the message today from newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. And he's calling for a "full-court press" to advance American trade with other ...

Minority Business Leaders Call for Death Tax Repeal

March 25, 2015 — Blog

?Lastweek, the Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee heard from family businesses and farmers struggling to pay or simply plan for the death tax. This hearing highlighted real people who work hard and save for their whole lives so they can pass on their family farms or businesses to loved ones. But these very people face overwhelming burdens thanks to death ...

Moving Past the SGR What it Means

March 24, 2015 — Blog

This week, the House has an opportunity to finally move beyond one of the more problematic policy issues of this century: the sustainable growth rate (SGR). This flawed Medicare formula, which regularly threatens huge cuts to reimbursements for seniors' care, has borne a cycle of funding crises and short-term fixes since 2003. It has also created instability for seniors ...

Wanted: Accountability at the IRS

March 23, 2015 — Blog

Americans deserve a government thats efficient and effective, but thats not exactly how youd describe the IRS. So on Wednesday, the Ways and Means Committee will take up a series of bills based on the Tea Party targeting investigation to change how the IRS does business. And recently, the ...

Yes, Reagan Used Trade Promotion Authority

March 13, 2015 — Blog

Every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has had some mechanism like trade promotion authority (TPA) to help advance America’s trade agenda. Otherwise, it’s difficult to complete agreements and get the best deals from our trading partners. Still, some have asserted that our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, didn’t have or need TPA to expand trade. That, however, is just a myth.

An Off-Ramp from Obamacare: A Necessity and An Opportunity

March 12, 2015 — Blog

With oral arguments at the Supreme Court behind us, now the wait begins. In a few months, we’ll learn whether the Court has found—as any fair-minded reading of the law demands— that the Obama administration went beyond its authority by paying out Obamacare subsidies in states that used the federal health care exchange. But instead of ...

Job Creators Need Trade Deals to Protect U.S. Intellectual Property

March 11, 2015 — Blog

American job creators need fair and strong rules that hold people in other countries accountable when they violate our intellectual property rights. And that’s one more reason why we need to pass trade promotion authority (TPA).A healthy economy requires strong protections for intellectual property, as a

Trade Deals Tear Down Barriers for American Small Businesses

March 10, 2015 — Blog

Here's a stat: 98 percent of American exporters are small- and medium-sized companies—and they represent 40 percent of the value of U.S. exporters. It’s no secret that small businesses drive a healthy economy, but less understood is that they stand to ...

Bipartisan Group of Former Presidential Economic Advisors Call for TPA Passage

March 06, 2015 — Blog

Support for expanding American trade spans the ideological spectrum, and now a bipartisan group of former top presidential economic advisors is underscoring that fact. In a letter to congressional leaders, 14 men and women who served as chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers are calling on Congress to pass trade promotion authority, noting that it "encourages ...