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September 2010

Welcome to Capitol Connect!

Capitol Connect is a new way to stay in touch with important issues in our Nation’s Capitol brought to you by CM Services.

First, let me introduce myself. I’m Cece Kremer, and Rick Church has asked me to use my 30 years of executive branch, association management and non-profit experience to share selected reflections from my Washington notebook on a regular basis with you. I’ll also be available to answer your questions and respond to your comments, and I promise to do that in a timely, transparent, and bipartisan manner.

It’s clearly a challenging time to begin this assignment as September promises to be an extraordinarily frenetic month in Washington, filled with partisan posturing and political maneuvering. With the primary season just about complete, Congress has but 20 scheduled legislative days remaining on its calendar before adjourning for the mid-term elections. So let’s begin with the calendar.


What to expect from the fall legislative calendar

Labor Day signals that time in Washington when the government transitions from annual July and August congressional recesses and executive branch vacations to a fall schedule crammed with work yet to be completed before the end of the year. See what's ahead>>

The outlook

Among the priorities on the Senate’s agenda when members return in September is a vote on the Bush-era 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, small business incentives and a myriad of annual appropriation bills.

Small business legislation

The House passed H.R. 5486, the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief act of 2010, providing tax incentives for small business jobs creation, on June 15, 2010. It now awaits further action in the Senate.
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Repeal of form 1099 filing requirements enacted in the new health care law

Members of both parties and in both chambers continue to look for ways to repeal or scale back the Form 1099 requirement, widely criticized for being both unmanageable and for imposing a huge paperwork burden.

Bush-era tax cuts

Among other items on the Senate agenda upon its return in September is the extension of Bush-era 2001 and 2003 tax cuts which are slated to expire January 1, 2011 unless Congress extends them. Read more >>

Congressional oversight of the regulatory process

Prior to the August recess, House Republican Leader John Boehner sent President Obama a letter requesting a complete listing of all pending federal rules or regulations that would impose a cost to the economy of $1 billion or more. Read more >>

Congressional action to reauthorize TSCA

EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act, TSCA, the primary statute governing the safety of chemicals in commerce, has not been updated since its original enactment in 1976. Read more >>

Energy legislation and climate change

The issue here is whether Congress will enact a broad, comprehensive energy bill that addresses climate change, a scaled down and very narrowly focused bill or no energy bill at all. Read more >>

Footnotes…I am looking forward to hearing from you. While format and tone will remain informal, I expect the items and topics to evolve. So please let me know about issues of interest to you or questions you may want me to answer. And there will always be room to include your comments. Please email me at with your comments or issues of interest.


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Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer

We are pleased to announce that Cece Kremer will be joining us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal and legislative public policy issues. Cece’s career in government and association work is well-known to many of you. Most recently, she served eight years in top executive positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff from 2003 to 2009.

Earlier in her career, she was a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Between 1984 and 1992, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Assistant to the President.

From 1993 until 2001, Cece served as Vice President for Government Affairs of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, supervising the industry's policy development, legislative positions and federal regulatory agenda.

Please join us in welcoming Cece to our team.