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April 2011

Avoiding a government

The President and Republican leaders finally reached an eleventh hour agreement to fund the federal government—at least for a few more days. Read more.>>

No rest for the weary.

While Washington focused on the spending cuts negotiated for government agencies this year, those reductions pale in comparison to the longer term budget that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, and House Republicans rolled out this week. Read more. >>

The sky is not the limit.

Were the negotiations over the 2011 budget a prelude to the higher-stakes debate over whether to raise the limit on how much the government can borrow? Read more.>>

Meanwhile, on the legislative front.

Repeal of the 1099 requirement, TSCA modernization and chemical and water security are subjects of legislation and hearings. Read more.>>

Regulatory actions: EPA's IUR.

The IUR program is EPA’s chemical screening program to gather information for analysis and risk assessments.
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Going after the EPA

The House last week passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 (HR 910) by a huge bi-partisan vote of 255172. But that's just a start. Read more. >>

Challenging times on the Potomac.

Despite their political differences, Congressional leaders have long prided themselves on comity—which the dictionary defines as mutual courtesy or civility.

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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.