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Oil exports gain steam, propelled by lobbying blitz
WASHINGTON - Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to lift a 40-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude, driven by a sophisticated oil industry lobbying campaign that has enlisted executives, targeted political donors and tapped social media.
It's a remarkable reversal for a crusade met with deep skepticism when it was launched less than two years ago.
A House subcommittee is expected to approve legislation lifting the export ban this week, setting the stage for full floor action this fall...
"We've come so far, so fast," said George Baker, executive director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports, a coalition of independent oil companies lobbying to lift the ban. "This is a whole different issue from where it was back in January."
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U.S. Loosens Longtime Ban on Oil Exports
Countries from Japan and South Korea to Poland have expressed interest in buying American oil, in part so they don’t have to rely as heavily on big oil-pumping countries such as Iran and Russia, said George Baker, executive director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports. “Other countries quite clearly want to get in on the benefits—geopolitical and economic,” he said. “They want in on this American oil renaissance for good reasons.”
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Williams & Jensen’s Susan Hirschmann Participates in the 2015 Women’s Power Brunch
On July 14, Williams & Jensen CEO Susan Hirschmann joined a number of other influential women in Washington to participate in 2015 Women’s Power Brunch, the first such event hosted by Google, National Review, and Empowered Women. Participants included Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Mimi Walters (R-CA). Susan and other panelists discussed some of the challenges facing women leaders in Washington, and provided insights and strategies on further empowering the next generation of women leaders.
The NAPPA Report: Treasury-IRS Regulatory Project Definition of Governmental Plan
By Anthony J. Roda
In November 2011, the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) announcing their intention to issue regulations defining the term “governmental plan” under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 414(d). The ANPRM included a draft proposed rule and invited public comment.
Pavement Preservation Journal: New Congress Means New Push Toward Reauthorization
By Tracy D. Taylor
As a new class of senators and representatives is settling into offices for the 114th Congress, time is rapidly ticking towards the expiration of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization on May 31, 2015.
ForMin Aurescu met Chairman of the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO) Eric Stewart
“Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Thursday met Chairman of the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO) Eric Stewart, to whom he underscored the commitment of the Romanian authorities to deepen and increase the dynamics of the economic dimension of the strategic partnership between Romania and the US, pleading in favour of increased US economic presence in Romania and the region.”