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August 2011

The "Great Compromise."

A month ago, we suggested that the politicians in Washington would probably avoid a definitive resolution of the debt ceiling crisis by agreeing to a Mini-Extension Plan that would avoid the government going into default while putting off the really hard decisions until a later date. That, in essence, is what has happened. Read more.>>

Winners, losers & the impact on business.

If anyone “won,” it would have to be the Tea Party. The rest of us lost, because the economy and the financial markets staggered while the politicians in Washington put on what amounted to a prolonged photo opportunity. And what about business?
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How “sue and settle” may be increasing the high cost of federal regulations.

Members of Congress are looking into “sue and settle” tactics allegedly used by outside interest groups to enable government agencies to initiate new rulemaking actions, often without any public comment.
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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.