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Alan K. Ota


Alan K. Ota covers Congressional leadership as a senior writer for CQ Roll Call. Prior to joining the leadership and legal affairs team, he covered taxes and technology, and was a Tokyo and Washington correspondent for The Oregonian.

A Washington native, Alan is a graduate of UC Berkeley and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. He grew up in Maryland lives in Arlington, Va.

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Stories by Alan K. Ota:

Brady Vows 'Relentless' Tax Overhaul Drive

Nov. 6, 2015

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady acknowledged in a wide-ranging interview with CQ Roll Call Friday that the highway bill is unlikely to include an international tax overhaul. But the newly elected chairman vowed to continue pursuing the issue and to lay the groundwork for a longer-range tax code restructuring with sweeping rate reductions for business.

#tbt: Boehner's New Rule: Let's Take Five, and Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em

Oct. 29, 2015

As HOH bids adieu to outgoing Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, we reflect on a time long, long time ago — when CQ Roll Call’s Alan K. Ota filed this story on Feb. 15, 2006, after Boehner was elected House majority leader, and made a few Boehner-specific, tobacco-laden changes:

Brady Seen As a Likely Successor to Ryan on Tax Panel

Oct. 20, 2015

Rep. Kevin Brady has emerged as the front-runner to replace House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan if the top tax writer opts to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Boehner Profile: Achievements and Pitfalls Mark Recent Years

Sept. 25, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner's stunning announcement Friday that he will resign from his House seat next month caps a 25-year career marked by legislative victories and intra-party conflicts. 

Fiorina Snub Irks Hatch

Aug. 6, 2015

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch isn’t happy that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina didn’t get a slot in Fox News’ primetime debate.

Stabenow Seeks Tax Sweeteners for NASCAR Track Operators

July 1, 2015

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is teaming with Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and other senior Republicans in pressing for a permanent extension of faster tax write-offs for operators of motor racetracks, including 29 venues used for NASCAR events.

Sanders Presses for Vote on Financial Transaction Tax

June 24, 2015

Liberal Democrats plan to target hedge fund managers and corporations with a push for Senate floor action on a proposed financial transaction tax that has been embraced by two presidential candidates: Sen. Bernard Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Motorists' Efficiency Might Drive Taxes Up

May 20, 2015

The problem Congress faces in paying for new highways and other transportation projects is that the Highway Trust Fund, which for decades has financed road and transit spending, is running out of revenue.

Carper Looks for Bipartisan Solution to Gas Tax

May 20, 2015

A big argument against raising the gasoline tax to provide more money for transportation projects is that the gas tax, by its nature, affects low- and middle-income people more than it does the wealthy.

Online Sales Tax a Live-Wire Issue for Congress

April 29, 2015

Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has assembled a bipartisan rump group around a proposal to empower states to collect sales taxes from online sellers outside their borders. At the same time, a loose coalition of retailers, state officials and allied groups is trying to rally support for the plan in both chambers of Congress.

Cornyn Redefines His Role as Senate GOP Whip

April 22, 2015

Cornyn has emerged in a new role as a conservative lion.

Hastert Delivers Personal Pitch for Ethanol

March 25, 2015

Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert delivered a blunt reminder to farm-state lawmakers about the clout of the ethanol industry with a visit for nearly an hour to the main lobby off the Senate floor during votes on Tuesday, while he worked to stave off a call by conservatives to eliminate the renewable fuels standard.

Loading Time for Online Sales Tax Is Expiring

March 18, 2015

Anyone hoping for an online sales tax bill out of the 114th Congress might as well be staring at a spinning circle on a computer screen.

Lower Labor Force Participation Doesn't Tell the Whole Economic Story

Jan. 14, 2015

Republicans who are looking for numbers to bolster their case for conservative economic initiatives point most frequently to the rate at which Americans participate in the labor forces, which is partly responsible for the steep decline in the unemployment rate over the past three years.

Republicans' Challenges Start With Economic News

Jan. 14, 2015

In his inaugural speech as Senate majority leader, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell said he could see “a glimmer of hope” in new economic data showing a 5 percent annual growth rate in the third quarter of last year. This uptick, he said, coincided with “the expectation of a new Republican Congress” just before the November election.

Ballot Actions Only Sharpen the Divide on Minimum Wage

Nov. 12, 2014

The strong support voters showed in the midterm elections for increasing the minimum wage reinforced the idea of broad popular support for raising the wage floor and led Democrats to revive their calls for a higher federal minimum.

Mulvaney Says Outside Groups Won't Define Conservative Credibility

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, a front-runner in the race for chairmanship of the Republican Study Committee in the next Congress, is vowing to guard the independence of the GOP's right wing from influential outside groups like Heritage Action.

Affordable Housing Credit May Be Heading to Floor

June 25, 2014

A loose alliance of banks, state officials and business groups is pushing for a permanent extension of a low-income housing tax credit enacted during the financial crisis.

Tax Writers Hope to Stabilize Housing Industry

June 25, 2014

A housing recovery moving in fits and starts is fueling new efforts on Capitol Hill to protect tax incentives for home ownership and oppose any reductions in the tax breaks that might be part of a broad tax overhaul.

House Will Push Back Votes on More Permanent Tax Credits

May 16, 2014

The House, which passed one permanent extension of an expired business tax break, will delay any action on other so-called extenders until at least June following the demise this week of the Senate’s two-year tax break patch.

Unemployment Extension Deal May Hinge on Job Training Compromise

April 9, 2014

A potential agreement on a long-stalled House GOP proposal to streamline federal job training programs is emerging as a possible linchpin for a deal on a five-month extension of expired unemployment benefits.

GOP Considers Advancing Unemployment Extension With Jobs, Tax Provisions

April 9, 2014

House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and other senior Republicans are pushing proposals to tie the extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor.

Some House Republicans Press for Vote on Unemployment Extension

April 3, 2014

The bipartisan five-month unemployment insurance extension pending in the Senate appears to be driving a wedge between segments of the House Republican Conference.

Liberal Democrats Seek to Extend Benefits Mandates

Jan. 29, 2014

Liberal Democrats are looking to beef up benefits for part-time workers who face hurdles in finding full-time gigs in a sluggish economy.

Fighting Over the Health Care Law by the Hours

Jan. 29, 2014

A tough partisan fight is developing over how best to meet the needs of part-time workers in light of the 30-hour workweek threshold for employer-mandated health care.

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