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Clean Water Is Good for Cows and Kids | Commentary

Fresh Vermont cream and milk make up more than half of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. So we’ve always worked hard to support safe and sustainable food production, family farms and rural communities. That’s why we’re so proud to support the Environmental Protecton Agency’s new Clean Water Rule. Clean water isn’t just nice, it’s a necessity.

How Citizens Can Influence Congress at Town Hall Meetings | Commentary

Now that summer is here, legislators are increasing their scheduling of town hall meetings back in their districts. Recently some myths have emerged about this time honored aspect of our democracy. Some groups are claiming (usually tied to a fundraising pitch), “Congress isn’t listening to citizens” and is holding fewer town hall meetings. This is false.

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Repealing Health Law Under Dynamic Scoring Increases Deficit, CBO Says

The Congressional Budget Office estimated Friday that repealing the health care law would increase the federal deficit by $137 billion from fiscal 2016 to 2025 using a dynamic score, compared to $353 billion under traditional scoring practices.

Manufacturers Head to the Hill to Outline Ozone Fears | Commentary

A growing regulatory burden is poised to make this a long summer for the nation’s manufacturers, so we kicked it off by recently bringing our concerns directly to our representatives in Washington.

Treasury to Put a Woman on $10 Bill; Plans Summer-Long Search

Congress may not have much say about who will be the first woman to grace United States currency in a century despite a push by lawmakers to give a founding mother equal billing with the likes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Congress Weighs Options Before Ex-Im Bank Expires

Congress is on course to let the Export-Import Bank expire at the end of this month, but it’s unlikely to mean the ultimate demise of the 81-year-old credit financing agency.

House Must Pass Trade Promotion Authority | Commentary

As former chairmen and ranking members of the House Ways and Means Committee, each of us has been part of extensive trade negotiations. None of us has ever seen Trade Promotion Authority legislation as robust and transparent as the one before Congress today. We urge our former colleagues to support TPA when it is considered in the House and deliver a win for American workers and the national economy.

Bringing Congress Together to Make America More Competitive in the 21st Century | Commentary

The hallmark of our nation’s economy has long been the ability of anyone with creativity, ambition and a good work ethic to realize their dreams and move America forward. From the light bulb to the iPhone, the legacy of American invention has shone brightly throughout the world. Yet while our culture of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit remain strong, the policy framework that empowers that spirit to flourish is losing its competitive edge.

Numbers Don't Lie: Crude Exports Are in Americans' Best Interest | Commentary

Everyone knows Washington loves to study an issue to death and a lengthy study period can be fully justified when venturing into unknown territory. While it is important Congress not rush blindly into new policies, being too cautious can risk letting a golden opportunity slip through one’s fingers. For example, take the debate over ending the policy banning exports of U.S. crude oil which has been center stage on Capitol Hill recently.

Puerto Rico Needs Reform, Not Bankruptcy | Commentary

To allow a poorly managed government to rid itself of its financial obligations is ethically and practically misguided. A Chapter 9 solution to Puerto Rico’s economic and financial woes, as the House Judiciary Committee is contemplating via HR 870, is ill-conceived on several grounds. First and foremost, the bill’s passage would override with retroactive effect the bond indentures of the millions of investors throughout the United States who — like me — have bought Puerto Rico’s bonds, mostly through mutual funds. HR 870 would give carte blanche to the Commonwealth to break its solemn pledge that our bonds would be paid in accordance with the laws and contracts under which they were issued.

Why Is U.S. Economic Growth So Disappointing? | Commentary

The pile of bad news about the state of the U.S. economy is getting bigger, not smaller, and that’s a problem for all Americans. We might consider these recent news items:

What Happens if the Export-Import Bank Expires? | Commentary

All lawmakers make campaign promises to fight Washington’s culture of corruption. Here’s some good news for them: They can show their constituents they fulfilled that pledge by allowing the U.S. Export-Import Bank to expire.

The Cures to Freshman Office Headaches | Commentary

Freshman lawmakers come to Washington with a full head of steam, armed with the belief they can change the world. They have grand photo opportunities in January on swearing-in day, surrounded by family and burdened with the great expectations of their supporters.

Science Is Best Hope to Feed the World Safely and Affordably | Commentary

Science, innovation, safety and affordability. Who could oppose United States food policy based on these core principles? Unfortunately, this idea has become unnecessarily controversial in agriculture. The unmerited fear of genetically modified organism crops threatens scientific advancements in biotechnology needed to meet the growing global demand for safe and affordable food. The Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act aims to address unnecessary impediments to feeding the world.

Helping Restaurants Serve Up Jobs | Commentary

When it comes to the universality of food, the late Luciano Pavarotti perhaps put it best: “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”

Reviving the Lost Art of Bipartisanship | Commentary

Political wrangling in Washington is as old as the Republic itself, and partisan battles over ideas and power will surely be with us long into the future. But the current era of hyper-partisanship has frequently paralyzed congressional decision-making and led both Republicans and Democrats to fail the most basic tests of governance.

Country of Origin Labeling: All Cost, No Benefit | Commentary

The World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. for the fourth and final time in an ongoing dispute between the United States, Canada and Mexico regarding the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program. Retaliation by Canada and Mexico will soon become a reality, meaning economically devastating tariffs on a broad spectrum of U.S. exports, from meat and fruit to jewelry, furniture and biofuels. Ripple effects will be felt in nearly every industry, every state and every consumer’s wallet. This is why COOL for beef, pork and chicken — nothing more than a failed government experiment— must be repealed.

Bridging the Innovation Valley of Death | Commentary

Is Wall Street’s influence in corporate boardrooms killing America’s innovation future? There’s a good case to be made that it is, and that it’s getting worse. But Congress can do something about it when it rewrites the tax code.

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Senate Democrats Put Conditions on Fast-Track Vote

Senate Democrats threatened to block Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to start debate on a contentious Trade Promotion Authority bill unless the Kentucky Republican guarantees that a customs bill with currency manipulation provisions gets a vote.

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Republican Lawmakers Urge Court to Block Immigration Expansion

More than 100 Republican members of Congress urged a federal appeals court Monday to block the Obama administration’s sweeping new immigration policies such as deferred deportations.

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