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October 2010

Congress goes home after accomplishing almost nothing.

Congress bickered and sputtered and finally gave up doing anything until after the elections. After passing a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating for the next two months, Congress adjourned. See what's ahead>>

Small business aid does pass

With so many urgent legislative priorities delayed until after the mid-term elections, you may ask what was accomplished during the less than stellar, barely three-week congressional session that just ended.

Expect an action-packed, tension-filled, politically volatile post-election lame-duck session to follow the action-packed, tension-filled, politically volatile mid-term elections

Congress is scheduled to return for business on November 17, break for the Thanksgiving holiday week, return November 30th and stay in session through the first three weeks of December. As noted earlier, anything can happen in an environment where so many lawmakers are “short-timers” with no worries about their votes influencing the next election.
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Next year: The new 112th Congress and the beginning of the 2012 election cycle

Regardless of their success in the mid-term elections, Republicans plan to chip away at the Obama administration’s legislative successes – specifically health care overhaul and financial reform.Read more >>

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Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer has joined 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.