Debt and Debt Limit  (Oct. 22)

Mike & Co. — The pattern is familiar from last month’s CR and almost every must-pass piece of legislation considered by Congress the past five years — there is majority support for a solution but it cannot come to a vote until the House has considered an alternative proposed by the Freedom Caucus that cannot …

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SEC Nominations (Oct. 20)

Mike & Co. — Wheels are in motion on almost every major front right now in Congress, with Paul Ryan announcing tonight that he is a to serve as a unity candidate for Speaker, if all the major caucuses of the House Republican conference endorse him.  He is giving the conference until this Friday to decide whether it is …

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TPP/Currency Manipulation (Oct. 15)

Mike & Co. — Little action to report this recess week on the Hill but there was a signal “district work period” development.  Speaker Boehner’s chief of staff told a Ripon Society meeting that Congress was unlikely to move on the massive trade package until a late 2016 lame-duck session.  The policy director for Senate Majority …

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Ex-Im Update (Oct.  9)

Mike & Co. —  After another week of surprises and certainty — or “chaos” — surrounding the future of the House GOP leadership, right before members left for a week’s recess, came a major unexpected boost for Ex-Im reauthorization today.  Good long weekends all,  Dana ———- Ex-Im Update — a Tree Grows in Brooklyn You …

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Fed Dividend (Oct. 7)

Mike & Co. –– In comments to bank executives at a private meeting in Washington yesterday, Mitch McConnell said that there was no way he would remove the provision that reduces the Fed dividend from six to 1.5 percent for banks with more than $1 billion in consolidated assets.  Mechanics of the dividend and more on the latest below. …

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Jobs Report (Oct. 2)

Mike & Co. — Welcome to the weekend. A couple of unexpected and unwelcome economic and debt  developments marred the end of the week.  Below is a look at this morning’s labor statistics report for September. Unless anyone has other ideas, Monday’s update will explore the impact of Treasury’s announcement late this week that the operational deadline …

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The Fiduciary Rule (Oct. 1)

Mike and Co., Welcome to FY 2016.  The deficit for this year is expected to be about 70 percent lower than it was in FY 2009. The week saw a CR approved with major leadership consequences but nothing resolved on the policy front. It also saw House Financial Services Committee Democrats split on a bill to …

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Fiscal/Financial Issues as the Dust Settles (Sep. 29)

Mike & Co. As the dust settles slowly on the Hill following the shock the Boehner resignation/retirement, it’s easier to see where we stand on the fiscal and financial issues immediately affected by it.  Trump and his tax plan make a cameo (he’s great). Best, Dana ———— For the third straight year, the federal government …

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Boehner's Resignation — Impact on Fiscal/Financial Legislation (Sep. 25)

Mike & Co. — Below, an initial look at what Speaker Boehner’s resignation means for the budget process, issues like Ex-Im reauthorization, trade, and GSE reform as well as for the House Financial Services Committee.   We can look at the debt limit, the Highway bill, and other issues as you wish. Good weekends all, …

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