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SGR Down. Corporate Tax Reform Next?


By John Feehery

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“John Boehner” by Gage Skidmore – Flickr: John Boehner. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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

If Congress can solve a problem like Medicare’s “doc fix,” lawmakers should be able to address a corporate tax rate that kills economic growth and moves jobs overseas.

Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” mechanism was part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The idea was to tie the set rate at which Medicare doctors are compensated to economic growth. But health-care costs grew faster than the economy, and to avoid a physician exodus that could threaten the program, every year Congress would pass a temporary “doc fix” adding to the amount paid to the doctors.

Fixing the SGR gives peace of mind to doctors that they can continue to participate in Medicare. It’s good policy and good politics. (more…)

Don’t Look Now


By John Feehery


“ReneeEllmers113th” by United States Congress – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Renee Elmers had the quote of the day.  She said, during a debate earlier today, “Don’t look now, but we’re governing.”

It’s not clear how much this week will matter in annals of Congressional history.

But it sure looks like the House is finally hitting its stride after a couple of rocky months.

Since 1997, the Congress has had to deal with the so-called “doc fix”, a promise to cut reimbursements to doctors that was made originally in the Balance Budget Act. (more…)

Corporate Taxes Are Too Damn High


By John Feehery

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“Jimmy McMillan Blue 3 2011 Shankbone” by David Shankbone – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Our corporate tax rate reminds me of New York political figure Jimmy McMillan.

He famously founded the “Rent is Too Damn High” party and ran for Mayor on the platform that his rent was, well, too damn high.

I feel the same way about America’s corporate tax rate. (more…)

Is Chuy the next De Blasio?


By John Feehery

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“Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia” by Garcia for Chicago – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Will Jesus “Chuy” Garcia be the next Bill De Blasio?

De Blasio, as we all know, has taken the reins in America’s biggest city, and is directing it briskly into a ditch.

He has made the most headlines by alienating all the cops in the city.   But he has done more than that.  He is aggressively raising taxes, raising the costs of doing business in the city, expanding the size, scope and power of the government and otherwise making the Big Apple a paradise for the left. (more…)

Restore The Congress to Counter the President


By John Feehery

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

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

In 1989, the first year I arrived in Washington as a staffer to House Minority Leader Bob Michel, the Heritage Foundation released a tome called The Imperial Congress.

In the minds of the authors, Gordon Jones and John Marini, the legislative branch had assumed the dominant power in the federal government. For close to 40 years, Democrats had run the House of Representatives, and towering figures, like Dan Rostenkowski at Ways and Means, John Dingell at Energy and Commerce and Jamie Whitten at the Appropriations Committee, ran the government as their own personal fiefdoms. (more…)


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