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What’s Up In Washington This Week?

Congress is still in recess, which leaves Capitol Hill looking like a ghost town. That doesn’t mean individual members of Congress aren’t working overtime to get re-elected.  Congressional Republicans are trying to fend off efforts by Democrats to win a majority of seats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives (although Republicans are […]

What’s Going On in Washington This Week?

Congress remains in recess this week as Senators and Representatives are back home campaigning. Sunday’s presidential debate set the stage for a week of bizarre political theater that left my head spinning. I’ve lost track of who’s un-endorsing whom, and the other Republican infighting.  Meanwhile on the Democratic side of the presidential campaign, who is […]

“The Planet Began to Heal”…and Other Updates from D.C.

Here’s a summary of the quiet week in Washington from NCPA’s legislative director Brian Williams: President Obama reduced the sentences of 102 inmates, mostly drug dealers, bringing the total number of presidential clemencies up to 774 during the Obama presidency. President Obama praised the Paris climate deal this week, which takes effect in November in […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending September 30, 2016

Government funding. This week began with a Democratic filibuster in the Senate against a temporary funding bill to keep the federal government open beyond the end of the fiscal year on September 30. However, by mid-week an agreement was negotiated that not only funds the government until December 9, but also includes $500 million for […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending September 23, 2016

NCPA tax briefing. NCPA hosted a Capitol Hill briefing last week to educate tax staff and policymakers about the economic effects of the tax plans proposed by the two major presidential candidates.  NCPA Executive Director Allen West spoke about the importance and consequences of tax reform, while NCPA senior fellows David Tuerck and Pamela Villarreal spoke […]

Washington Update for the Week of 9/5

Back to work. Congress went back to work this week after a long summer Congressional recess.  Now, the main legislative objective for September is to pass a funding bill to avoid a government shutdown after the fiscal year ends on September 30. The size, shape and scope of the funding bill remains to be seen.  […]

Washington Update

Breaking economic news. Just in time for Labor Day, new data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics today shows a modest increase of 151,000 jobs last month. Perpetually tepid economic growth is sure to be a major topic of discussion for the Federal Reserve, which meets next month to discuss whether the economy is […]

Forget the 4.9% Unemployment Rate; 95 Million are not Working

New government data shows that job growth slowed in January.   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 151,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate went down to 4.9 percent. But the low unemployment numbers are partially distorted by the low 62.7% labor participation rate that continues to dominate the so-called “Obama Recovery.” […]

Last Week’s Washington Update

The U.S. economy created more jobs last month, although the labor participation rate remains historically low. U.S. stocks tanked this week as Communist China tries to figure out how to run their stock market.  North Korea says they tested an H-bomb, but did they really?  Saudi Arabia and Iran are in the midst of a […]

Washington Update: A Review of 2015 and a Preview of 2016

At the beginning of 2015, for the first time in a decade, Republicans took control of both chambers of Congress. For the past several years, Sen. Harry Reid and the Democratic majority in the Senate had essentially blocked all substantive legislative activity, including basic Congressional necessities like passing a federal budget.   When Sen. Mitch McConnell […]