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November 2010

Republican gains change the political climate in Washington.

The Republican landslide of victories in the midterm elections amounts to an effective reset of political power in Washington. See what's ahead>>

The Lame Duck Session: Taxes, taxes, and more taxes

Among the tax laws that expire or change at the end of this year are: Bush-era tax cuts on earned income, lower tax rates on capital gains and dividends, the “fix” for the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), and estate or “death” taxes. Read more >>

The new Congress will focus on spending cuts.

One thing is certain when the 112th Congress convenes in January: Republicans and conservative Democrats will push hard for massive reductions in federal spending. .
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Looking ahead.

Our next report will look at the changing of leadership in the new Congress.

Footnotes…I am looking forward to hearing from you. I expect these 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

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.