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Washington Watch - January 11, 2017

115th Congress Sworn in Ahead of Trump Inauguration

On Tuesday, January 2, 2017, the 115th Congress was sworn-in, Republicans controlling both chambers and ready to tackle huge legislative priorities: tax reform, repealing ACA, and hearings into the role Russia played in the political hackings that are perceived to have influenced the election.

President-elect Trump still has 9 days until his own swearing-in and Republicans are working quickly to tee up several pieces of legislation for him to sign on January 20. In addition, President-elect Trump’s team has signaled that he will move quickly via executive order to claw back key regulatory action taken by the Obama Administration.

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NASE’s Katie Vlietstra Comments on Trump Administration Action and SBA nominee Linda McMahon on MSNBC

On Sunday, December 20, 2016, NASE’s Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Katie Vlietstra, appeared on MSNBC’s Your Business to discuss the Trump Administration and his nominee, Linda McMahon, to lead the Small Business Administration. Check out the clip!


Congressional Committee Leadership of Importance to the Self-Employed

Below is a list of committee assignments for the 115th Congress, the Republicans have formally announced their appointments, while the Democrats have yet to vote on their assignments. This list is subject to change

Senate Finance Committee Chairman: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Ranking Member: Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Ranking Member: Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT)

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Chairman: Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) Ranking Member: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-VA) Ranking Member: TBD

House Small Business Committee Chairman: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) Ranking Member: TBD

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) Ranking Member: TBD

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