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  • WSJ Editorial: A Lift for Free Trade
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on April 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    By The Editorial Board April 16, 2015 The big news Thursday was that Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee had reached a deal to produce a compromise bill that would give President Obama the ability to negotiate free-trade agreements with the rest of the world. The deeper news, in our view, is that there are still Members of Congress fighting free trade’s progress, even as the clouds darken over the global economy. Consider: U.S. manufacturing slowed for the fifth straight m... Read more

  • AP on Reichert Bill Enacted Last Congress: New Law Encourages Foster Care 'Normalcy'
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on April 9, 2015 | Preview rr

    By David Crary, Associated Press April 9, 2015 Not so long ago, if foster children in Florida wanted to spend the night at a friend's house, the parents hosting the sleepover faced a criminal background check. Taking the kids on an out-of-state vacation required official permission from a state agency. "That was ridiculous," said Mike Carroll, who as head of Florida's Department of Children and Families is overseeing a bold initiative that scrapped many of those old restrictions and now gives fo... Read more

  • ICYMI: Heritage Foundation – Free Trade is a Winner in Recent Elections
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on November 13, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Free Trade is a Winner in Recent Elections By Bryan Riley, The Hill contributor Riley is the Heritage Foundation's Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst in Trade Policy. In Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts and North Carolina, the midterm elections proved that candidates shouldn't be afraid to talk about the benefits of trade. They also demonstrated that candidates tempted to employ protectionist scare tactics in their campaigns should think twice. In Iowa, Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst's cam... Read more

  • ICYMI: Washington Post – The New Congress Should Revive a Bill on 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on November 7, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    The New Congress Should Revive a Bill on 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority By The Washington Post Editorial Board Now that Republicans have gained control of Congress, no policy area is riper for bipartisan action than trade. President Obama’s trade representative, Michael Froman, is deeply engaged in trade-expansion talks with 11 Asia-Pacific nations, including Japan. A bipartisan legislative framework for speeding passage of a finished agreement has already been written. The proposed Trans-Pacific... Read more

  • ICYMI: Momentum for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Needs to be Revived
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on October 1, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed free-trade agreement that will knit the United States and 11 nations of South America, North America and Asia more closely together, while providing a geopolitical counterweight to a rising China. The pact would be especially valuable because Japan is willing to join, which would require a long-overdue opening and restructuring of its protected but lackluster economy. Indeed, without Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, the TPP loses much of its ... Read more

  • ICYMI: NBC, CBS Nightly News On Lerner Emails
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on July 31, 2014 | Preview rr

    Evidence of IRS hostility toward the GOP CBS Evening News, 7/30/2014 Former IRS official Lois Lerner calls GOP "crazies" in email NBC Nightly News, 7/30/2014 ### Read more

  • ICYMI: Reviving free-trade agreements would revive the economy
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on June 26, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    America’s economic engine needs a jump start. Everyone agrees on that much. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that U.S. production shrank 2.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, while corporate profits tumbled 9 percent from last year’s numbers. One way out of this would be to give President Obama more power. That sounds to most ears like a terrible idea. This president has assumed far more authority than he’s entitled to, at the expense of Congress and the Constitution, neither of w... Read more

  • ICYMI: Why Young People Can't Find Work
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    In President Obama's speeches this year, a steady theme has been creating jobs and economic opportunity for Americans. In his State of the Union address in January he said that "what I believe unites the people of this nation . . . is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all—the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead." And in his weekly address on Saturday, he repeated his strong appeal to young people: "As long as I hold this office, I'll keep fightin... Read more

  • Nunes Remarks on H.R. 4660, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Appropriations Act of 2015
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on May 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Mr. Chairman, the United States has a strong history of negotiating high-standard trade agreements that grow our exports and create jobs. Already, international trade supports more than 4.4 million jobs in California and 38 million jobs nationwide. We are in the midst of negotiating significant trade agreements with partners in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and elsewhere. But because Trade Promotion Authority is not in place, we are negotiating with one hand tied behind our back. As a result, some o... Read more

  • ICYMI: Tax Extenders an Opportunity to Improve the Tax Code
    Posted in In Case You Missed It... on April 28, 2014 | Preview rr

    The tax extenders are a group of approximately 50 tax-reducing policies that expire regularly. Congress has traditionally extended them just as regularly as they expire. Most recently, they expired at the end of 2013, and Congress has yet to address them this year. Congress previously extended them as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal struck at the beginning of 2013. That deal enacted the extenders retroactively for 2012 and for the rest of 2013. New chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Ron W... Read more