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Public Policy Briefing – July 23, 2020

The enhanced unemployment benefits created by the March 27 CARES Act are set to expire in eight days. The US Congress will need more time than that to determine a path to passage of the next major bipartisan pandemic response legislation – assuming Republicans and Democrats in Washington are able to eventually reach agreement on … Continue Reading

Public Policy Briefing – July 21, 2020

The US Congress has returned to Washington, DC, and bipartisan negotiations to produce the next significant federal coronavirus response legislation have officially begun. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, representing President Donald Trump, are scheduled to meet this afternoon on Capitol Hill with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – July 1, 2020

Senate Republican leaders have begun to lift the veil on their plans for the next coronavirus response package, acknowledging in a news conference Tuesday that they will support opening the coffers next month to provide another round of aid. The timetable set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Senate GOP leaders means … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 25, 2020

COVID-19 is making a comeback in America this summer, complicating President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and governors’ plans to reopen their economies. A wave of new hospitalizations around the country is threatening to dampen hopes for a quick economic recovery in the wake of this spring’s pandemic-related lockdown, giving new urgency to discussions among federal … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 24, 2020

The Trump Administration appears divided on the question of what President Donald Trump’s priorities will be for the next significant federal COVID-19 response package. The Washington Post reports the president supports providing another round of “stimulus” payments to a broad range of US households to support growth by putting money directly into the hands of … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 23, 2020

Five weeks after passing the US$3 trillion HEROES Act, House Democrats are moving to pass a companion measure, the Moving Forward Act, that would add another US$1.5 trillion by funding an array of national infrastructure projects and related Democratic priorities. The bill is expected to be taken up on the House floor prior to Independence … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 22, 2020

With summer officially underway in America and the number of new coronavirus cases in the US continuing to rise, President Donald Trump is doubling down on immigration restrictions imposed during the nation’s COVID-19 lockdown. Proponents of increased federal aid to states, territories and municipalities are gaining an important new ally as policymakers look ahead to … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 12, 2020

A high-stakes summer is underway in America, where President Donald Trump and the nation’s governors are pushing forward with plans for reopening the nation’s economy even as many nervously eye health indicators that suggest the coronavirus may not be satisfactorily contained. In a vivid illustration of this tension, the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 11, 2020

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who has been the lead domestic policy negotiator for President Donald Trump and his administration during the COVID-19 crisis, made clear in testimony Wednesday to congressional lawmakers that the White House believes passage of another major coronavirus response package will be necessary soon, notwithstanding a generally positive national jobs report … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 4, 2020

As public protests against police brutality and racial disparity continued to dominate the national policy debate, pushing coronavirus-related news from the front pages, the US Senate has given its approval to legislation passed last week by the US House of Representatives making changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the March 27 Coronavirus … Continue Reading

Banking Committee to Vote on Treasury Nominations as Regulators Focused on FinTech, Fiduciary Rule

Legislative Activity Senate Banking to Vote on Treasury and Commerce Nominations This Week This week, on Tuesday, May 23, the Senate Banking Committee will vote on the nominations of several individuals to fill key posts within the Treasury and Commerce Departments (see below for additional details). Last week, Senate Banking Democrats concentrated on potential Trump … Continue Reading

Busy Week at the Banking Committee; Treasury on the Hill as Trump Fills Out Financial Services Regulators

Legislative Activity Senate Banking to Host Secretary Mnuchin, Focus on Treasury This week, the Senate Banking Committee will consider the nominations of several individuals to fill key posts within the Treasury and Commerce Departments (see below for additional details). The Committee will also host Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss an array of domestic and … Continue Reading

Full Steam Ahead with Financial Services Regulatory Reform

Legislative Activity House Financial Services Committee Chooses CHOICE Act as President Trump Signs Financial Services Executive Orders After a two-week recess, the House Financial Services Committee is wasting no time getting back to work as it plans to hold a hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act this Wednesday. The bill, an acronym standing for Creating … Continue Reading

Trump and Treasury Turn to Tax Reform

Legislative Activity How About That Hearing?: The Tax Reform Saga Continues After speculation by some that the House Ways and  Means Committee would hold the first hearing on its tax reform proposal this week, no such hearing was ultimately scheduled. That said, tax-writers are continuing to work to push forward their tax reform efforts. Our … Continue Reading

President Trump Settles into the White House; The U.S. Senate Confirmed Gen. Mattis as the Next Secretary of Defense

On Friday, 20 January, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. In his remarks, President Trump stated: “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.” He added: “We will follow two simple rules: … Continue Reading

Questions Over GOP Tax Reform Proposal Emerge; Acting Treasury Secretary Named

Legislative Activity Border Adjustability in the Spotlight Though healthcare and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act have thus far been the primary focus of the tax-writing committees this Congress, policymakers are still continuing to move forward with tax reform. Among the proposals in the House Republicans’ tax reform “Blueprint” receiving the most attention in recent weeks … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Focused, Looking Toward 2017 for Large-Scale Reforms; Treasury Set to Move on Section 385 Regulations

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Look at Specific Tax Policy Priorities with an Eye Toward Tax Reform in 2017 With the House last week having passed various targeted pieces of tax legislation, it is clear that much of the rest of this Congress will be devoted to more narrow asks, though continued efforts in anticipation of tax … Continue Reading

Terrorism Financing, Consumer Protection in Spotlight; Various Financial Services Regulators to Meet

Legislative Activity Senate Banking Takes on Terrorism Financing Taking the lead from the House Financial Services Committee, which held a hearing earlier this month to exam the terrorism financing implications of the “ransom payments” to Iran, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing this Wednesday on the matter. Outside of the more recent focus … Continue Reading

Tax Reform Efforts Continue; Section 385, BEPS Implementation Dominate Regulatory Agenda

Legislative Activity The Long March to Tax Reform Continues On June 24, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the House GOP’s Task Force on Tax Reform’s long-awaited tax reform “Blueprint,” which lays out the GOP’s tax policy agenda for 2017. Specifically, and as we discuss in greater detail in our alert, … Continue Reading

Congressional Tax Reform Efforts Carry On, as Section 385 and BEPS Issues in Focus for the Administration

Legislative Activity Tax Reform Discussions Persist, Proposals Due Out This Month House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) remains focused on efforts to overhaul the U.S. tax Code and is expected to release his tax reform “blueprint” this month. He recently stated that he anticipates continuing to concentrate efforts on the blueprint “through … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Press on with Tax Reform Proposals; Treasury to Have “Intense” Comment Period on Section 385 Regulations

Legislative Activity As June Nears, Tax-Writers Press Forward with Tax Reform Proposals Following last week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing to discuss Chairman Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) “corporate integration” proposal as relates to the pros and cons of a dividends paid deduction regime, this week, on Tuesday, May 24, the Committee will hold its second in a … Continue Reading

Senate Takes on Business Tax Reform; Treasury to Have “Intense Comment Period” for Inversion Regulations

Legislative Activity Senate to Consider Business Tax Reform Proposals Following multiple hearings on tax reform thus far this year in the House Ways and Means Committee, this week the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on business tax reform. During the hearing, the difference between Republican and Democrat approaches to taxing corporate income, including … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers to Examine Tax Reform Proposals, May Move on Tax Extenders

Legislative Activity House Tax-Writers Continue Moving Forward with Work on Tax Reform This week, on Wednesday, April 13, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy will hold a hearing to continue the Committee’s efforts to examine “fundamental tax reform proposals.” In March, Ways and Means Committee members examined legislative proposals related to cash-flow … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Continue Debate on International Tax Reform, Inversions; Global Efforts on CbyCR Implementation Move Forward

Legislative Activity International Tax Reform v. Inversions Following up on Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) recent acknowledgment that his “corporate integration” proposal has been delayed, at least by “a few weeks,” it now appears that the House Ways and Means Committee may miss its self-imposed goal of March 31 by which to release … Continue Reading
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