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A Primer for Navigating the Presidential Appointee Vetting and Confirmation Process

With the election over, the process of selecting and vetting individuals to fill the next administration’s key appointed positions is quickly shifting into high gear. For those who are called to serve in such positions, the decision to enter the process may be one of the most important and life-changing decisions they ever make. Accordingly, … Continue Reading

Anticipated Changes on Energy / Environmental Policies

Energy, climate, and environment are areas where the policy differences resulting from the final outcome of the election also will be particularly stark. On November 4, 2020, President Trump took the final step consummating his pledge to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. This reflects his early and consistent perspective, embodied in … Continue Reading

Trade Issues On The Front Burner

Trump’s trade policy in a second term would basically be more of the same: he would continue hard bargaining with China and other trade partners, including by threatening tariffs under various provisions of U.S. trade law. President Trump would try to build on the Phase 1 trade agreement with China and would continue his hostility … Continue Reading

National Security Policy and Investment in a Biden Administration and Divided Congress

As we navigate a presidential transition over the coming months, what should we expect in terms of continuity and change when it comes to national security priorities and investments? Regarding policy priorities, there will be several areas of continuity with the Trump administration, with some adjustments to how they are pursued. These include: prioritizing the … Continue Reading

The Chances for Immigration Reform

With Republicans favored to clinch retention of the Senate Majority by winning two of three remaining Senate races in Georgia and Alaska, a comprehensive immigration reform bill probably will not gain significant traction in the Senate in the next two years, even if the Democratic-controlled House decides to move such a bill. In the event … Continue Reading

Looking Ahead on Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Issues

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been an issue in every Congress since it was enacted in 2010 and this next Congress will be no different. There are so many health care issues that need to be debated—a national vs state pandemic strategy; funding for testing; additional relief for health care providers; surprise billing; treatment … Continue Reading

A Crystal Ball On Economic Stimulus

Starting with COVID-19 relief, both former Vice President Biden and President Trump have embraced the need for another COVID-19 economic stimulus package. A Biden administration would likely pursue “high-multiplier” policies that funnel money to people and businesses that need it and are likely to spend it, thereby helping funds circulate through the economy quickly to … Continue Reading

Outlook for Tax Legislation

Vice President Biden campaigned on a number of tax proposals: Raise the corporate rate from 21% to 28% “on day one” Increase the Global Intangible Low Taxed Income rate from 10.5% to 21% Create a new corporate alternative minimum rate of 15% on financial statement income over $100 million Increase the top individual rate and … Continue Reading

Looking Ahead on Tech and Intellectual Property Issues

Technology policy is a growing issue for the Congress, especially since it is to the economy and to our national security what oil was 20 years. Congress has a love-hate relationship with tech: love them for their innovation, jobs, and international competitiveness, and hate them for their size, bias and perceived hubris. Enter antitrust: a … Continue Reading

Preview of the New Senate

The election results show how deeply divided the electorate is and that division is reflected in the make-up of the government with a Democratic President and House and a Republican Senate. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have hit upon the right recipe to realign their party and shift a substantial portion of the voters in their … Continue Reading

The Future for Economic Equity

As we all know, racial disparities continue to persist in this nation. In education, health care, the criminal justice system, and economic opportunities, persistent gaps challenge our nation’s promise to extend opportunity to all. The COVID-19 pandemic and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other African Americans during the summer of 2020 heightened … Continue Reading

Anticipated Changes in Financial Regulation

Under the Biden administration, it is unlikely that major financial services legislation like a Dodd-Frank Act will pass in the next few years, especially if Republicans hold the Senate. The Biden Administration will nevertheless have significant opportunities to shape policy through the federal financial agencies. The adage that “personnel is policy” rings especially true for … Continue Reading

Biden Transition Will Proceed Despite Trump Post-Election Litigation and Administration Hostility

The unprecedented use of mail-in balloting in this election due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to delays in the processing of ballots in key states. While millions of ballots were cast prior to election day, election officials in many states were not permitted to begin processing mail-in ballots until the days before election day, and … Continue Reading

Guidance Regarding Contributions to Recount and Election Dispute Funds

As both presidential and down-ticket candidates gear up for post-election recounts and related litigation in several states, they and their political parties will be raising new funds to finance these efforts. As with campaign contributions made before the election, there are a variety of rules that apply to contributions to support post-election disputes. The Federal … Continue Reading
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