A Budget Compromise is Reached, But Unresolved Issues Remain

The agreement reached last October to raise the nation’s debt ceiling established a bipartisan committee to negotiate a budget to run the federal government in 2014 and ...

The Yellin Conformation and the New Fiscal Deadlines

Last week I traveled to the set of CNBC’s Power Lunch to discuss the upcoming Janet Yellen confirmation hearings and the likelihood that Congress will meet the new ...

Congress Returns from Recess to Face Fiscal Deadlines

    Congress returns from its August recess facing two imminent deadlines.  First, Congress has appropriated funds to keep the federal government operating ...

Health Care Reform Takes Effect

The Administration has announced that it will not penalize businesses for failing to provide health insurance to employees before January 2015. This action represents a ...
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The Washington Update

Behind the Fiscal Cliff Compromise At the eleventh hour on New Year’s Eve, Washington negotiators reached a compromise to avoid the “fiscal cliff” – the looming ...

Fiscal Cliff Compromise

Happy New Year.  We begin this year as we ended the last – approaching another cliff.  To start the year off right, I appeared yesterday on CNBC to discuss the ramifications ...

Fiscal Cliff Update

Last Friday Andy Friedman, Principal of The Washington Update, joined CNBC’s Power Lunch to provide his current predictions for resolution of the “fiscal ...

Congress Debates the Fiscal Cliff: What Happens to Estate Taxes?

The estate and gift tax exemptions are scheduled to fall and the estate tax rate to rise if Congress does not address them during the current lame duck session.  This update ...

The Election Ends and the Lame Duck Begins

The election.  Billions of dollars spent, thousands of negative advertisements aired, scalding campaign rhetoric, a bitterly polarized electorate — and we ended ...
Election feature

Election Impact! Lame Ducks, Bush Tax Cuts and What’s Next

Well over a year ago, I predicted that President Obama has the better chance of recapturing the Independent vote and winning the 2012 presidential election. I continue to ...