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Go Big Or Go Home

May21

By John Feehery

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“US Capitol east side” by Martin Falbisoner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

When it comes to trade legislation, policy makers can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Senate is expected to finish with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and related bills soon; the House is likely to do so by July 4.

Getting to the finish line will involve a lot of horse-trading and maneuvering–political blood, sweat, and tears. I predict that Congress will give the president a big victory by passing TPP. (more…)

Graham and a White House Run

May20

By John Feehery

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“Lindsey Graham, Official Portrait 2006″ by US Senate – [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Lindsey Graham is a smart guy.

He was part of the Class of 1994, and not unlike the rambunctious class of 2010, Graham wanted to change how Congress was doing business.

He wasn’t particularly satisfied with the Speakership of Newt Gingrich, and was part of the group that threatened to bring him down.

That coup didn’t go anywhere, but Graham distinguished himself as a thoughtful conservative he wasn’t happy with the status quo. (more…)

Amtrak: Status Quo is Not Acceptable

May14

By John Feehery

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“Amtrak – GE P42DC – Heritage Phase III Livery” by Braniff747SP – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Mike Simpson was right, of course.

The Idaho Republican told the Appropriations Committee Democrats that their efforts to politicize the Amtrak train crash were inappropriate and out of order.

We don’t know what caused the horrific crash. We don’t know if it was engineer error, sabotage, equipment malfunction or just system incompetence.

Unfortunately, Republicans made it easy for the Democrats to demagogue the issue. (more…)

Congress Grapples With Globalization

May13

By John Feehery

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“Uscapitolindaylight” by Kevin McCoy. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Democrats rejected President Obama’s top domestic initiative yesterday on a procedural vote, and it’s not quite clear when it will be coming back to the Senate floor.

Maybe it will. Maybe it won’t.

But there are plenty of policy makers who would be more than happy to avoid taking a clear stand on free trade. (more…)

The Toughest Vote

May12

By John Feehery

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“Jim DeMint by Gage Skidmore 2″ by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Robin Hayes openly wept on the House Floor after voting to give President Bush fast track authority late in 2001.  He thought the vote in favor TPA would cost him his seat.

He wasn’t the only one.

Many folks cried when Republicans passed TPA at President Bush’s request, but many shed only crocodile tears, hoping upon hope to get political and other help from the White House and the GOP Leadership. (more…)

 

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