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Voices on Trade

Voices on Trade

President Obama's point man on trade, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (@MikeFroman), met recently with the NEMA Board of Governors. Why? I venture a guess that it's because they care about trade and access to international markets. If I'm right, it turns out they are in good company.    Recent polling commissioned by the Business Roundtable (BRT) found that 82 percent of Americans support…

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Building on Trade

Building on Trade

Picking up from where I left off: We are a week closer to the return of Congress from its August break and the level of anxiety is rising. President Obama is to make a speech next month presenting a jobs initiative. Meanwhile, we wait for the White House to send implementing legislation to Congress for 3 free trade agreements (FTAs) that…

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Catching Up on Trade

Catching Up on Trade

In his weekly radio address last Saturday, President Obama listed several things that Congress can do to help American workers as soon as it returns from an August break: extend tax breaks for middle class and low income families, extend unemployment benefits, and approve three market-opening free trade agreements. This item is the first in a weekly series leading into…

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Running the Public Option

Running the Public Option

In American-style football, a quarterback who "runs the option" receives the ball, runs either right or left (accompanied by another offensive player), and, depending on the opposing defense's strategy, either laterals the ball to his accompanying player to avoid a tackle or keeps the ball and advances it himself.  Not all quarterbacks can pull this off, but when executed effectively,…

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Time to Face the Music

Time to Face the Music

Members of Congress and their staff generally look forward to the August "recess," a time during which the pace slows, vacation beckons, and the work hours shorten.  It is a month for lawmakers to return to their home states and districts, reconnect with folks "back home," and get a handle on the pulse of their constituents.  It is generally a…

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