Small Business Legislative Council Alert

Small Business Legislative Council Alert
<span>What promises to be an interesting year is already off to an eventful start with the partial-government shutdown that began on December 22. As we previously reported, before the end of 2018, Congress did manage to pass five appropriation bills, meaning some of the agencies already have set funding through September 30, 2019 (the end of federal...</span>

This year is almost guaranteed to be a tumultuous one in Congress.  In addition to the split in the party control between the House and Senate, the Democratic caucus in the House will be getting a number of new progressive freshman.  If history tells us anything, as a general rule these members will be less inclined toward moderate compromises and make the caucus itself more difficult to manage (not unlike the challenges House Republican leadership has experienced over the past few year with the Freedom Caucus).  The House Democratic leadership will also have to reconcile varying views in the party as to how far to take their investigation and oversight of the Trump Administration, including addressing any potential basis for impeachment that might arise.  

With control of the House majority, a major priority for the Democrats will be trying to shore up key provisions the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA).

On the tax front, incoming Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Richard Neal (D-MA) has promised to hold hearings on the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the grounds that interested parties (including Congressional Democrats) did not have sufficient opportunity to weigh in on the bill before it was passed.

On the other side of the Hill, Republicans will be growing their majority in the Senate, providing Majority Leader McConnell and the Republican leadership with a bigger margin of error when it comes to passing controversial bills.  However, this will only take them so far when faced with the Democratic majority in the House. 

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