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12.14.17

‘Judicial Appointments Are The Sleeper Story That Matters’

CIRCUIT COURTS: 'A Dozen Trump Appointees… In His First Year In The White House' "Judicial appointments are the sleeper story that matters: Tax reform and the end of year spending deal will consume all of Washington's oxygen until the end of the year. But quietly, a potentially far more important, though far less sexy story is unfolding." ("Judicial Appointments Are The Sleeper Story That Matters," Axios, 11/19/2017) 'Senate Republicans Close In On Record For Judicial Confirmations' … Continue Reading


12.14.17

Jim Ho ‘Has A Fidelity To The Rule Of Law That We Should All Want In A Federal Judge’

Will Be The 12th Nominee To A Circuit Court To Be Confirmed By The Senate This Year TEXAS SENATORS: Jim Ho A Star 'In The Texas Legal Firmament' SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R-TX): "Jim Ho and Justice Don Willett have proven their sharp legal expertise and fidelity to the law throughout their distinguished careers in Texas… I was proud to join Senator Cruz in recommending both Texans to fill the vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and together we'll fight for their swif… Continue Reading


12.13.17

Tax Reform ‘On The Cusp Of A Historic Moment’

PRESIDENT TRUMP: 'We're Very, Very Close To A Historic Legislative Victory' REP. BRADY: 'We're Coming Together As A Conference Committee With One Singular Mission In Mind - Finalizing The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, And Delivering Transformational Tax Reform' PRESIDENT TRUMP: "…I want to thank the incredible members of the House and the Senate, who have been working so hard. We're very, very close to a historic legislative victory, the likes of which rarely has this country seen. I think I… Continue Reading


12.12.17

‘China Fears The Tax Changes Could Make The U.S. A More Attractive Place To Do Business’

'In The Beijing Leadership Compound Of Zhongnanhai, Officials Are Putting In Place A Contingency Plan To Combat Consequences For China Of U.S. Tax Changes…' 'Beijing Fears The Tax Changes Could Make The U.S. A More Attractive Place To Do Business' "Beijing fears the tax changes could make the U.S. a more attractive place to do business and, combined with expected higher U.S. interest rates, sap investment from China." ("U.S. Tax Plan Draws Attacks Abroad…" The Wall Street Journ… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Justice Willett A Man Of ‘Deep Intellect And Principle’

Will Be The 11th Nominee To A Circuit Court To Be Considered By The Full Senate This Year SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett … respects the rule of law and our foundational legal principles, and he will be a strong addition to the Fifth Circuit." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 12/12/2017) "Justice Willett is a Texas native and grew up in Kaufman County. He is the adopted son of parents who did not graduate from high school, and is the first college … Continue Reading


12.12.17

Manufacturers Bullish On Tax Reform

'Manufacturers Are Saying Loudly And Clearly That More Jobs, Better Pay And Manufacturing Growth Are On The Horizon' "The National Association of Manufacturers said Monday its latest quarterly CEO survey reflects historically high optimism on expectations for the passage of tax reform in Washington. The trade group said CEO optimism - hitting a high mark in 20 years of the survey - should send a message to legislators that failure to enact the bill would be a blow to American business." ("Man… Continue Reading


12.11.17

Steve Grasz A Man Of ‘Integrity, Humility, And Decency’

The 10th Nominee To A Circuit Court To Be Considered By The Full Senate This Year SEN. DEB FISCHER (R-NE): "After extensive consultation, it was clear Steve Grasz was the only candidate Senator Sasse and I wanted to recommend to President Trump for this judgeship." (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 11/1/2017) SEN. BEN SASSE (R-NE): "Steve bleeds Husker red but knows that a judge must clothe themselves in the black robes of impartiality." (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 11… Continue Reading


12.08.17

Ready To Finalize Tax Reform Legislation

Senate Conference Committee Members Work To 'Send A Final Bill To The President's Desk' And 'Provide Relief To Families And Small Businesses' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Last week, Senators answered the calls of our constituents by voting to overhaul our complex and outdated federal tax code. We seized the opportunity to spur economic growth, to help create jobs right here at home, and to take more money out of Washington's pocket and put more money into the pockets of hardw… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Tax Reform: ‘Good For The Middle Class’

Sen. Rounds: 'The Tax Reform Bill … Takes Meaningful Steps To Reform Our Tax Code In A Manner That Will Allow Businesses To Flourish Again And Families To Keep More Of Their Hard-Earned Dollars' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "For many Americans the legacy of the Obama economy is sluggish growth, stagnant paychecks and missed opportunities. A lost generation of workers still struggle with the consequences of the Great Recession and find it nearly impossible to get ahead. One of the biggest… Continue Reading


12.04.17

‘Historic Tax Relief’

Senate Republicans 'Passed The Most Sweeping Tax Rewrite In Decades' 'Taking A Big Step Toward … [A] Major Legislative Triumph' PRESIDENT TRUMP: "We're now one huge step closer to delivering to the American people … historic tax relief …" (President Trump, "Remarks by President Trump on Antiquities Act Designations," 12/04/2017) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "We have an opportunity now to make America more competitive, and to keep jobs from being shippe… Continue Reading


11.30.17

100+ Economists Laud Pro-Growth Tax Reform

Estimate A Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Boost Of 'Between 3 And 5 Percent' ECONOMISTS: 'Economic Growth Will Accelerate If The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Passes, Leading To More Jobs, Higher Wages, And A Better Standard Of Living' 137 Economists: "'Ask five economists,' as the Edgar Fiedler adage goes, 'and you'll get five different answers.' Yet, when it comes to the tax reform package aimed at fixing our broken system, the undersigned have but one shared perspective: Economic growth will accele… Continue Reading


11.29.17

‘Reducing Taxes For The Middle Class’

The Senate 'Finance Committee Plan Cuts Tax Rates Across The Board' 'Laser-Focused… On Reducing Taxes For The Middle Class' SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R-UT): "[W]e have been laser-focused… on reducing taxes for the middle class. And that is exactly what this bill will do." (Sen. Hatch, Press Release, 11/10/2017) FINANCE COMMITTEE: "The Finance Committee plan cuts tax rates across the board. The proposal also repeals a number of tax credits and benefits that predominantly benefit wealthy … Continue Reading


11.29.17

‘Tax Reform Our Economy Desperately Needs’

Economists, Manufacturers & Retailers Associations: Tax Reform 'Will Yield More Jobs And Higher Wages' MANUFACTURERS & RETAILERS: 'Passing Historic Tax Reform Would Deliver … Immense Benefits To U.S. Workers' JAY TIMMONS, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers, and MATTHEW SHAY, President and CEO, National Retail Federation: "[W]e have brought together two of the largest sectors of America's economy - manufacturing and retail - to help our elected leaders seize… Continue Reading


11.28.17

An ‘Excellent Tax Bill For Small Business’

Small Business Advocates Agree: Senate Tax Bill Is 'Exactly What Small Business Owners And Entrepreneurs Need Right Now In Order To Grow' SEN. RISCH: 'The Aim Of This Entire Exercise Is To Reduce The Burden On Taxpayers And Create An Environment That Enables Families And Businesses, Particularly Small Businesses, To Thrive' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "These are the job generators that produce most [of the] jobs in America. And every small business group I can think of is … Continue Reading


11.28.17

Another Extraordinary Circuit Court Judge

'There's No Disputing That [Gregory Katsas Is] Very Well Qualified For This Job' SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA): "…there's no disputing that [Gregory Katsas is] very well qualified for this job. He has degrees from Princeton and Harvard, and he clerked for the Third Circuit, the D.C. Circuit, and the Supreme Court. He has years of experience in the public sector-where he led divisions at the Department of Justice-and in the private sector-where he was a partner at Jones Day. He currently ser… Continue Reading


11.27.17

Economists Laud Pro-Growth Tax Reform

ECONOMISTS: 'The House And Senate Finance Bills Would Achieve' 'Pro-Growth Objective' WALL STREET JOURNAL: "…a letter from some of the country's most distinguished economists making the case that the House and Senate reforms will significantly raise U.S. growth potential." (Editorial, "Tax Reform, Growth and the Deficit," Wall Street Journal, 11/27/2017) "Dear Mr. Secretary: The present debate over tax reforms proposed by President Trump's administration and embodied in bills that ha… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Targeting Inversions: ‘This Is A Really Big Deal’

Tax Reform 'Would Do Far More To Stop Corporate Tax Gaming Than Anything The Obama Administration Did In Eight Years' SEN. ROB PORTMAN (R-OH): "I think there is a consensus, at least in the real world, about the fact that our current tax code is hopelessly broken, and we have to fix it, and if you're against helping our companies stay American companies, that must mean that you believe that they ought to become foreign companies, which is exactly what's happening. … Ernst and Young, whi… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Huge Steps Forward On Tax Reform

First The House Of Representatives, Then The Senate Finance Committee Passed Sweeping Tax Reform legislation House Passage A 'Key Milestone,' 'Significant Leap Forward' In Republicans 'Quest To Cut Taxes For Businesses And Individuals' SPEAKER RYAN: "We need to restore growth. We need to restore opportunity. We need to restore this beautiful thing we affectionately call the American Idea. Passing this bill is the single biggest thing we can do to grow the economy, to restore opportunity, and… Continue Reading


11.17.17

‘A Pro-Growth, Pro-Family Proposal That Will Reduce Taxes’

Conservative Groups Say Senate Tax Reform Plan 'Simplifies The Code, Reduces Taxes For Families And Businesses, And Grows The Economy' AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM: "The Senate's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a pro-growth, pro-family proposal that will reduce taxes on Americans at every income level and dramatically simplify the 70,000+ page tax code. It will also provide a much-needed overhaul to the outdated tax code so that businesses large and small will again be able to compete against foreign comp… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Job Creators: Senate Tax Plan Will ‘Energize Our Nation’s Economy’

'Momentum Is Building For Historic Tax Reform… That Lifts Everyone Up And Leaves No One Behind,' 'We Can Revitalize The Job Market And Reinvigorate Local Economies' 'Tax Reform Is Vital,' 'This Is A Proposal That Would Cut Taxes, Create Jobs And Energize Our Nation's Economy' JAY TIMMONS, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO: "Momentum is building for historic tax reform, and the Senate's bold vision takes us one step closer to victory-to a plan that lifts everyone … Continue Reading

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