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Benefits to Using a Lobbyist

Many different types of organizations can benefit from using a lobbyist to get their voice heard in government. From Non-Profit Organizations and Associations to large and small for-profit businesses, lobbyists can take your message to Congress and even local and state governments. Lobbyists enable organizations to draft legislation, develop strategies for new regulations, connect and…


What does a Lobbyist do?

“Lobbying” seems to have become a dirty word in recent years given the recent illegal activities of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The truth of the matter is the current laws caught Jack Abramoff.  Lobbying accomplished ethically and professionally is making sure the proper government officials hear and understand both sides of an issue before making…


The Immigration Debate pt.2

The Startup Visa Act is a way for the smartest & most entrepreneurial individuals to come to the U.S. Their business must create 5 new jobs and raised $500,000


The Immigration Debate pt.1

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently sparked the immigration debate by commenting during a GOP debate last week that the US should have a “humane” immigration policy.  Gingrich has since clarified his position by stating to multiple media outlets that “I am not for amnesty for anyone. I am not for a path to citizenship…


Congress Returns from Thanksgiving with a Full Plate

With only 12% of the U.S. approving of their job performance1, Congress returns this week to try and salvage their do-nothing reputation by completing multiple unresolved issues before the end of the year. From unemployment to payroll deductions, Congress is about to make some decisions that will affect almost every American. How will these issues…


Senate Committee Passes Surface Transportation Bill

Recently, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee adopted 18-0,  the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, bill (S. 1813). The transportation bill now moves to the Senate floor where it faces much uncertainty as Committee members were unable to reach a consensus on a number of amendments, some of…


FY 2013 Federal Budget Will Be Leaner

Federal departments and agencies are busy working on their annual budget submissions to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for FY 2013 that begins October 1, 2012. This is part of the ongoing federal budget process that culminates in the release of the Administration’s budget each year in early February.  By statute, the President…


Super Committee May Not Produce Super Results

Since its creation, the Washington, DC lobbying corp has given the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) only about a 25% chance of success at reaching a consensus on a $1.2 trillion deficit reduction package. Unfortunately given the past two weeks of vacillation and the November 23 deadline fast approaching, it turns…


Super Committee Holds Another Public Hearing

On Wednesday, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSCDR) held their third public hearing to focus on federal government discretionary spending.  The hearing comes just one day after what is being reported as heated discussions took place over entitlement and tax reforms in a closed meeting of the JSCDR. CBO (Congressional Budget Office) Director…


Senate Action on Agriculture Appropriations

The US Senate invoked cloture by a vote of 82-16 on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies FY 2012 Appropriations Bill. By invoking cloture the Senate limits debate on the bill for up to 30 hours and allows for debate on amendments.


Super Committee on Deficit Reduction Receives Proposals

Friday, October 14 was the deadline for recommendations to the 12-member Super Committee on Deficit Reduction on how to cut federal spending by up to $1.2 trillion.  With the Nov. 23 deadline for the super committee to unveil a proposal fast approaching, no one is certain how the 12-member Committee will go through the mounds…


Panama, South Korea and Columbia Trade Agreements Signed

After 5 years of deliberations, with broad bipartisan support, the House and Senate adopted free trade agreements with Panama (HR 3079), South Korea (HR 3080) and Colombia (HR 3078).  The President signed the agreements on October 21.


DHS Reauthorization Moving In Both Legislative Chambers

On October 13 the US House Committee on Homeland Security adopted its version of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (HR 3116) by a vote of 19 to 13.  The legislation codifies in statute key functions and missions of DHS and provides the necessary tools, guidance, and direction to…


Appropriations Minibus Will Include Agriculture and Another CR Through mid-December

The House and Senate are set to adopt three combined appropriations bills, dubbed “Minibus,” and send them to President Obama by the end of this week.  Under an agreement reached earlier between leaders of the House and Senate the appropriations bills include Agriculture; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; and Commerce, Justice, and Science The combined bills total just over $180…


Solyndra: Lessons on Incentives & Private Capital

Policymakers should make it easier for investors to take the risks (and rewards), instead of guaranteeing loans to businesses and making the U.S tax payers responsible, as in the case of Solyndra, when the businesses default on those loans.