Governmental Affairs Articles and Information

McConnell Says Congress Will “Raise The Roof”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that there was “zero chance — no chance” Congress would fail to raise the debt ceiling by late September, although he offered no clues about how he hoped to persuade lawmakers to back such a measure. McConnell...

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What If We Don’t Increase The Debt Ceiling

September and October may be the most important months for Congress and President Trump to not fall down on the job. Lawmakers will have to pass legislation on several deadline-driven issues. But of all of them, one is a must-pass, fail-at-everyone's-peril priority:...

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Trade War: Impact On China

The immediate impact of any trade war between the US and China would be worse for Beijing, according to a new analysis of multinational companies’ exposure to the Chinese market. Nor would the export sectors of the US and other major developed countries be...

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NAFTA’s American Opportunity

Twenty-five years ago this week, negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were concluded. And today in Washington, officials will launch negotiations to modernize the agreement for a new era of North American commerce. It is altogether fitting...

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Engaging America

With little fanfare at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on August 9th delivered a stirring defense of U.S. engagement in world affairs — and offered a sobering reminder of the heavy cost, in blood and treasure, isolationism has...

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Kerrville’s Comprehensive Plan Finalists

In a special meeting Tuesday, Kerrville City Council members interviewed the finalists to provide services in the development of the city’s new comprehensive plan. Mark McDaniel, city manager, and his staff narrowed down the proposals the city received to Freese and...

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Kerrville To Host Public Hearing on Tax Rate

Kerrville residents will have a chance to air their opinions or concerns regarding the city’s budget, as well as the city’s proposal to keep the property tax rate the same, during public hearings on Tuesday. The public hearing will coincide with the Kerrville City...

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Reuse Water Project: Almost in Action

The reuse water project is on schedule for its expected completion date of spring 2018. The reuse pond and pump station are “coming together nicely,” according to Mark McDaniel, city manager, who gave an update during a recent city council meeting. “We are not at the...

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U.S. Chamber Takes On Tax Reform

Members of Congress are back in their home states for August, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce isn’t taking any breaks. We’re busy preparing for the upcoming battle to pass pro-growth tax reform. We’re activating our extensive grassroots and small business network to...

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Tax Reform: Next Steps

No rest for the weary. Congress has finished, for now, with health care reform, bloodied and battered. Next stop is tax reform. Tax reform is both urgent and imperative. There is no policy Congress will consider that promises to improve the economic security and...

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