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  • #WTHill: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

    Two things every Congressional staffer has done during their career: Drink at the Capitol Lounge and play in the Congressional softball league. Think of them as rites of passage. The Missouri delegation met every Tuesday in “our” corner; it just so happens that it was also 10-cent wing night. Purely a coincidence…There I was one Tuesday, out way longer than I should have been and feeling on top...
  • Capitol Update: Consensus by Executive Order

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,It has been a mixed month in the never-ending quest to find consensus in Washington, D.C. During his recent State of the Union Address, the President set down a new formula for achieving the objectives on his public policy wish list: White House Idea – Congressional Support = Executive Order. Case in point, the President wants to increase the minimum wage. He knows...
  • Capitol Update: After the Holidays, Action Resumes on Capitol Hill

    Happy New Year Apartment Industry Colleagues,It is quiet in the nation’s capital for the moment, but action resumes shortly as both houses of Congress return to work from their holiday recess. The President will make his annual and constitutionally required State of the Union Speech on January 28. As for what the President might say in his speech, we can safely assume he will want to say...
  • Capitol Update: Congress Goes Home for the Holidays (and so Does the Rest of D.C.)

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,The end is nigh!No, it’s not the opening to the latest apocalyptic zombie thriller (though I do enjoy those), I’m referring to the end of the first session of the 113th Congress. For the first time in many years, Congress will go and stay gone from Washington, D.C., for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. “Huzzah!” says every lobbyist, Hill staffer and...

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