| April 24, 2014, 5 a.m.
Democrats and Republicans may not agree on much, but most fair-minded Americans share the view that the death tax is unwise, outdated and counter-productive. Considering how economically damaging and inefficient it is, it’s no wonder the death tax is so unpopular. While Congress remains gridlocked on the future of this ghoulish tax, the good news is at the state level, many legislatures and governors are working together to drive a stake into the heart of their own misguided death taxes.
| April 23, 2014, 5 a.m.
The Bill of Rights was drafted as a document limiting the reach of government and recognizing maximum freedom to individuals and the states. This broad philosophy is the foundation of grass-roots conservative in the tea party movement. But over time, the Constitution has been changed, sometimes resulting in the surrender of personal freedom to an increasingly powerful central government.
| April 9, 2014, 4:40 p.m.
Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation with which I have been associated. This landmark law has contributed vitally to the security and stability of the Republic of China and continues to guide our countries’ relations.
| April 9, 2014, 4:35 p.m.
In pursuing its lofty international trade agenda, the Obama administration has been courting labor unions, long the strongest supporters of the president but also perhaps the strongest skeptics of expanded free trade.
| April 9, 2014, 4:35 p.m.
Congressional Republicans who support the administration’s free-trade agenda are pleading for President Barack Obama to make the issue a top priority.
| April 7, 2014, 4:42 p.m.
Last week, the Senate Finance Committee addressed several expiring tax provisions, including the production tax credit for wind energy. Although this provision has been extended multiple times with broad bipartisan support since 1992, it is one of several energy policies that have become unnecessarily politicized.
| April 7, 2014, 3:07 p.m.
Bike sharing systems would be among the winners under draft legislation extending a laundry list of tax incentives that Senate tax writers approved last week.
| April 7, 2014, 2:49 p.m.
Public transit advocates were blindsided when House Republicans introduced a five-year highway bill two years ago that proposed eliminating the Highway Trust Fund’s transit account.
| April 3, 2014, Noon
The wind industry may be feeling butterflies as the sector’s Production Tax Credit (PTC) is up for renewal again. But Washington’s usual handout to keep the turbines spinning may be harder to win this time round because of a new twist: experts are warning a renewal will lead to increased carbon emissions.
| April 2, 2014, 6:38 p.m.
Four months after the House passed a far-reaching bill to prevent abusive patent infringement lawsuits, senators are close to striking a deal on their own legislation, according to aides in both parties.
| April 2, 2014, 6:28 p.m.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will give congressional lawmakers an update on the Obama administration’s trade agenda Thursday, including its efforts to close out Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. While that agreement is expected to be concluded in the coming months, U.S. agricultural groups are concerned that it may fall short of the comprehensive deal they had hoped for.
| April 1, 2014, 8:13 p.m.
For 35 years, the Taiwan Relations Act has provided a vehicle for peace in the Pacific and a means of maintaining a direct relationship with the more than 23 million Taiwanese people who are one of our most important allies and trading partners.
| March 25, 2014, 5:03 p.m.
Virtual currencies such as bitcoin will be taxed as property rather than currency, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday in long-awaited guidance on online tender.
| March 17, 2014, 8:04 p.m.
The courage to tackle tough problems may be a rare commodity in Washington these days, but there are still a few members of Congress willing to advance fundamental change to overcome the country’s largest challenges. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., is one of those lawmakers. He recently released a comprehensive, detailed tax reform plan aimed at initiating substantive discussions focused on overhauling America’s broken tax code. The release of this draft represents a critical step forward in the process of comprehensive tax reform, a process that will benefit all Americans.
| March 17, 2014, 5 a.m.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., has unveiled his Tax Reform Act of 2014, the most comprehensive tax reform proposal in nearly three decades. The Camp plan is a bold, even radical, proposal which has shocked many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and outraged many business interests.
| March 11, 2014, 5:32 p.m.
With Democrats and Republicans offering proposals to hit the financial sector with new taxes or fees, financial executives and lobbyists say they are re-evaluating how they will direct their political cash this election cycle and where they will seek allies on and off Capitol Hill.
| March 11, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
European countries seeking to ease their dependence on Russian natural gas may discover that their salvation lies deep beneath their native soil.
| March 5, 2014, 4:47 p.m.
Obama administration staffers working on the president’s proposal to double the earned income tax credit availability to single childless workers could take a lesson from New York City, which last year launched a pilot program to do just that.
| March 4, 2014, 3:03 p.m.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s proposed tax overhaul got high marks last week from federal transportation leaders for committing to prop up the ailing Highway Trust Fund, but it is drawing criticism from state and local officials who depend on municipal bonds to finance infrastructure projects.
| March 4, 2014, 2:05 p.m.
In addition to worrying road builders, state highway officials and transit agencies, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s tax overhaul plan has struck a nerve with airport operators.