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After 20 Years of Trade Relations, Vietnam and U.S. Look Forward | Commentary

Twenty years ago this month, trade relations between Vietnam and the United States were restored when President Bill Clinton lifted a punishing trade embargo. This was an important step toward normalizing relations between our countries, putting our interactions on a course that continues to deepen, expand and benefit both nations.

Oil Export Debate Renews Fight Over Protections for U.S. Shipping

The debate about lifting 1970s restrictions on crude oil exports has renewed another old fight over a 1920 maritime law known as the Jones Act.

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Keystone Pipeline Approval Could Shift Dynamics of Crude Export Debate

The debate over lifting the nation’s restrictions on exporting crude oil centers on refinery capacity and the types of available crude, complexities that could shift if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved.

The Path to Jobs and Prosperity: Tax Reform | Commentary

As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address this week, the focus will no doubt be about generating more economic opportunity for the American worker. Consequently, both the White House and congressional Republicans have begun to approach the issue from a variety of angles and from across the political spectrum.

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth | Commentary

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., recently delivered a striking rebuke of America’s energy industry (Commentary: We Ain’t Broke, Nov. 22, 2013). But his criticism provided a distorted picture of this vitally important sector of the economy.

The Less-Than-Charitable Cost of Tax Reform | Commentary

If your household is like mine, you made your yearly charitable donations to a number of worthy causes last month, trying to get under the wire for the year’s tax deduction. But if the administration proposal to limit deductions passes Congress as a part of broader tax reforms, your annual contributions might actually cost more in the future. As this important conversation progresses, it is crucially important that Congress not alter the charitable contribution deduction.

It's Time to Reform Taxes for U.S. Businesses | Commentary

The conventional wisdom is that tax reform is dead.

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For Poverty, Tax Code Debate Offers Little Consensus

With the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a “war on poverty” triggering new congressional debates on fiscal issues, prominent members of both parties are trumpeting plans to limit poverty. For Democrats, the Wednesday anniversary is entwined with questions about income inequality, a theme the White House says it will emphasize this year.

Don't Allow Small Business to be Caught in Tax Reform Crossfire | Commentary

After years in the drawing room, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., recently released a set of drafts addressing our nation’s outdated tax code. If the early drafts’ treatment of the energy sector is any indication, small businesses inside and outside of the oil industry have reason to be on high alert.

Unequal Tax Benefits Punish Public Transit Riders | Commentary

With cuts to tax benefits for transit commuters set to be triggered at the end of the year, it is essential that Congress act to ensure that transit riders benefit from the same tax incentives available to commuters who drive to work.

Thanks to Congressional Inaction, Seeking Clarity From the IRS Is No Joke | Commentary

A few months ago, the Internal Revenue Service was accused of improperly targeting conservative nonprofit organizations for special scrutiny. Whoops. Now the IRS and the Treasury Department have proposed new rules to curb the political influence of one type of nonprofit organization.

Listen to the Factual Record on the ITC, Not the Broken One | Commentary

The International Trade Commission, an independent federal agency that I was fortunate to serve for 12 years, has been much maligned as of late, even derogatorily referred to by some as the “International Trolling Commission” as the patent debates have heated up. These hyperbolic claims by the critics have little relation to the reality of the ITC’s important work as a trade enforcement agency and I feel a sense of duty to my former agency to help sort fact from fiction.

Improving Our Tax Code for American Students and Families | Commentary

Over the last few months, the media has described Congress as “dysfunctional” and “broken,” and the public as “frustrated” and “angry” with its lawmakers. Interestingly, those are the same words that are used to describe today’s tax code.

Recipe for U.S. Jobs Starts With Trade Promotion Authority | Commentary

Congress faces an important choice in the months ahead as it considers legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the U.S.

New Voices on Manufacturing Council Will Strengthen Economy | Commentary

The U.S. Manufacturing Council, created in 2004 by President George W. Bush, serves as the principal private sector advisory committee to the secretary of Commerce on the U.S. manufacturing sector. It provides a critical forum for finding solutions to industry-related problems, and it’s intended to keep America as the premier destination for investment in manufacturing throughout the world.

Amid Shutdown Talks, Steer Clear of Punitive Tax Hikes | Commentary

With the federal government in a partial funding lapse and a seemingly unavoidable decision point on the debt ceiling near, Washington is abuzz with renewed discussion of a “grand bargain” aimed at addressing our nation’s vexing fiscal challenges.

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The Incredible Shrinking Budget Talks

Grand bargains are out. Tax hikes are out. Short-term and stopgap solutions are very much in.

Members and Staff Should See the World, Especially Taiwan | Commentary

With so many problems facing us on the domestic scene and in the Middle East, it’s important to raise questions about what’s going on in the rest of the world.

Energy Tax Credits Set to Expire Could Hurt Wind Farm Industry

Alternative fuels advocates aren’t the only ones looking for guidance from lawmakers on what their future tax treatment might look like. Several energy tax incentives — including the production-tax credit that has helped the wind power industry grow — are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31.

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Propane Industry Prepares to Battle to Protect Its Tax Breaks

Propane lobbyists are gearing up for a hard sell on Capitol Hill for tax incentives they say would help make the fuel more readily accessible to vehicle fleet operators and homeowners who want to invest in energy-efficient technologies.

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