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ENS Federal Report – November 17, 2017

Tax Bill Moves Through House; Senate Unveils Its Version Generating Bipartisan Concerns On November 16, the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) along a mostly party-line vote of 227 to 205.  The expected outcome punts the bill over to the Senate where passage of a Senate bill is not guaranteed because

ENS Federal Report – November 9, 2017

Congress Proceeds with Tax Reform Efforts   This week the House Committee on Ways and Means marked up H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and reported the bill out of Committee on party-line vote of 24 – 16.  H.R. 1 eliminates the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, which allows individuals to deduct

ENS Federal Report – November 3, 2017

House Releases Tax Reform Legislation This week, the House Republican leadership unveiled​ its proposed tax cut bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). The measure is notable for the elimination of state and local income taxes, and limiting property tax deductions to $10,000 annually.  For taxpayers in high-tax states, this could result in

ENS Federal Report October 20, 2017

Senate Approves Budget Resolution Late Thursday evening, the Senate passed its Budget Resolution, voting along party lines 51-49.  In a last-minute deal with House leadership, the Senate’s resolution included language from the House-passed budget resolution that provides for an increase in defense spending.  The amendment could smooth the way for the House to simply pass

ENS Federal Report – October 13, 2017

Infrastructure Policy Outlined by Administration; Collides with Tax Reform Policy Goal Senior White House officials shepherding the development of a national infrastructure policy to rebuild the nation’s public works convened a briefing this week for public and private water infrastructure stakeholders.  The purpose of the briefing was to explain the broad-brush outlines of the administration’s