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July 2011

Welcome to the apocalyptic summer of 2011.

Armageddon, calamity, disaster, catastrophe, day of reckoning, and judgment day are all used to describe the upcoming debt crisis when the U.S. government runs out of money to pay its bills and exhausts its borrowing authority. Read more.>>

The $4 trillion package goes down.

Almost by necessity, everyone is looking at cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the entitlement programs that consume nearly 60% of federal spending.
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The remaining options.

With the President’s $4 trillion, ten-year comprehensive “grand deal” now off the table, any debt ceiling action seems to be coming down to only a few choices.
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Whatever happened to jobs, jobs and more jobs?

Later this summer, when and if the debate over the debt ceiling subsides, look for a pronounced shift in focus back to jobs and the economy. Read more. >>

And in the meantime, there is always trade…or is there?

The White House, business community and congressional leadership all support three long-stalled trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Read more. >>

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, legislative and 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.