Success Despite the Gridlock!

Posted on January 10, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By Caren Z. Turner

Welcome to a New Year! Who says Congress is gridlocked? We are very proud of our own Ginny Ainslie for securing an increase in one critical, internationally important platform from $300 million to $924 million. KUDOS to Ginny, Laura, Renu and the team! To achieve success despite the gridlock, please call me, personally, at (202) 466-2511. We will help you craft a plan for success!

In the news, never has a non-incumbent candidate taken both Iowa and New Hampshire. Ultimately, slow-and-steady Romney will take the kingdom, at least according to our crystal ball. We all wish there was some way to speed up the calendar and just go straight to November! For 2012, here are some other predictions. The DOD will be overhauled through the President’s budget; aerospace platforms are likely to be, more or less, safe, ground vehicles, less so. Energy and EPA are already being pitted against each other. Reid wants to expand the role of electric vehicles. Inhofe is complaining that EPA rules regarding sulfur standards for gasoline could add 25 cents per gallon at the pump. These are not mutually exclusive goals, but will need to be worked out.

Congress will flirt with tax reform, but will focus on laying the groundwork for 2013. It is important to stake your position on tax reform now. We predict earmarks will be more or less dead, but federal grants will have increased clout. Reach out to us for grant strategies. Dodd-Frank financial implications will continue to be a thorny mess that will need clarification.

Healthy and Happy Year!

Turner GPA is a leading D.C.-based national lobbying and government affairs firm dedicated to delivering cutting edge policy advocacy for the manufacturing, defense, aerospace, health and energy industries. Members of our professional policy team can be reached at (202) 466-2511. We are also on the Web at www.turnergpa.com.

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