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Timing Right to Lower U.S. Tax Rate

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary this week urged Congress to pass a domestic tax cut in order to preserve the growth the nation has been experiencing and to enable future generations of U.S. businesses to compete with global competitors. Canary’s op-ed, published in several media …

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Congress sends hurricane Aid, Debt Ceiling Bill to President Trump

The U.S. House voted today to send a package of emergency aid for Hurricane Harvey that also extends government spending until Dec. 8 and suspends the public debt limit to President Trump for his consideration. The 316-90 vote on the bill would appropriate $15.3 billion in emergency supplemental funding for …

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Byrne Introduces Save Local Business Act

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne has introduced legislation that would reverse an extreme joint employer regulation and protect American jobs and their creation. Rep. Byrne, R-Fairhope, introduced the Save Local Business Act that has bipartisan support from 29 co-sponsors. “Federal labor policies should be focused on benefiting workers and helping small businesses …

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Slimmed-Down Health Insurance Bill Stalls

There’s skinny latte and skinny jeans and skinny ties and now there is what they’re calling skinny Obamacare with the Senate trying but failing to pass skinny health insurance, which looks now to be an impossible campaign promise – ending the 2010 government-mandated health insurance law. After seven years of …

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Made in Alabama – Trump Inspects Alabama-Made Truck

A made in Alabama bucket truck made by Business Council of Alabama member Altec was displayed at the White House this week and inspected by President Donald Trump. On Monday, Trump declared this week “Made in America” week as products from all 50 states were showcased as part of “Made in …

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New Senate Health Bill Will Challenge Leaders, White House

The new Senate health insurance bill released Thursday would keep taxes on the federal taxpayers who currently pay the most but would cut two other taxes in the Obamacare law. The Senate bill will allow insurers to sell low-cost, limited plans, but it would fail to totally repeal Obamacare as Republicans …

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NAM, U.S. Chamber Among Groups Pushing to Accelerate Tax Reform

The National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are among groups urging Congress to quickly write and pass tax reform legislation. “You now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to substantially improve America’s economy, but accomplishing this task may well require the special legislative procedures attendant to a budget …

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BCA Supports House-Passed Technical Education Reauthorization

In May, the Business Council of Alabama signed a letter to congressional leaders urging reauthorization of the Perkins Act, which the House did on Thursday. The Perkins Career and Technical Education Act reauthorizing the education initiative is intended to bolster technical education for specialized job skills. Last overhauled in 2006, it aims …

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President’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Alabama Governor Ivey Promises Cooperation

After meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey addressed Alabama’s opportunity to participate in his infrastructure plan that has been released. “I look forward to working with the Alabama House and Senate to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running once the federal infrastructure plan …

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GOP Chair: Details on Trump Infrastructure Plan Expected in June

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Highways and Transit Subcommittee said he expect details soon on President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which the administration outlined broadly in its budget proposal this week. According to preliminary reports, states would be required to have matching money in order to get federal …

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