Trump: The First Year - What to Expect from Congress and the White House in the Rest of 2017

October 11, 2017

As part of our Trump: The First Year series, Jim Flood, chair of Crowell & Moring’s Government Affairs Group, and Scott Douglas, senior director of policy with the firm, sit down to discuss what we can expect Congress and the White House to focus on for the remainder of the year. Jim has previously served as counsel to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Scott as a finance director for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

 Discussed in this 26 minute podcast:

  • Tax reform: where it is now and what we expect to happen, as well as the politics and economics that are driving the discussion.
  • Health care: what bills are on the table beyond Affordable Care Act reform.
  • NDAA: what is likely to happen.
  • Funding, nominations, and foreign policy.
  • Predictions on what Congress is likely to achieve by the end of 2017.

 

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Trump: The First Year - Energy Infrastructure under the Trump Administration

September 27, 2017

In the latest podcast for Crowell & Moring’s “Trump: The First Year” series, Richard Lehfeldt, partner in the firm’s Energy Group, and Diana Jeschke, counsel in the group, sit down to discuss energy infrastructure issues under the Trump Administration. Richard previously worked as counsel for the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Diana was an attorney advisor to administrative law judges Carmen Cintron and David Coffman at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Discussed in this 16-minute podcast:

  • An overview of energy infrastructure.
  • Who makes decisions about energy infrastructure, where does the funding originate, and what factors go into those decisions.
  • An overview of distributed generation and microgrids.
  • Case studies: NYU and the Princeton University, and what lessons to take from them.
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Trump: The First Year - The Future of Chevron Deference

August 22, 2017

In the latest podcast for Crowell & Moring’s “Trump: The First Year” series, David Chung, partner in the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources Group, and Carlton Greene, partner in the International Trade Group, sit down to discuss the future of Chevron deference and how that doctrine relates to the Trump administration's goal of deconstructing the administrative state. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Carlton served as chief counsel of FinCEN and also worked for OFAC at the Dept. of the Treasury. David’s practice focuses on litigation and regulatory counseling involving natural resources development and environmental issues.

Covered in this 22-minute podcast: 

  • An overview of Chevron deference and recent developments.
  • How much flexibility and power agencies have when invoking Chevron deference.
  • The future of Chevron deference
  • Possible implications of eliminating Chevron deference. 
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Trump: The First Year - U.S. Objectives for Negotiating NAFTA

July 28, 2017

The U.S. released its negotiating objectives for NAFTA on July 17. In the latest podcast for Crowell & Moring’s “Trump: The First Year” series, Robert Holleyman and John Brew, both partners in the firm’s International Trade Group, discuss the objectives and the key takeaways. Robert previously served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and as a counsel for the U.S. Senate. John’s practice focuses on customs, and he has extensive experience in import and export trade regulation.

 Discussed in this 17-minute podcast: 

  • An overview of NAFTA.
  • What the U.S. hopes to accomplish in areas such as trade in goods, digital trade, intellectual property, procurement, currency, and others.
  • The high stakes around the rules of origin and how revisions may impact the region.
  • How trade remedies will play into NAFTA and what the fate of Chapter 19 dispute resolution might look like.
  • What businesses with operations or trade interests in Mexico and Canada should do now.
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Trump: The First Year - Court Limits EPA’s Ability to Delay Clean Air Act Regulation Without Rulemaking

July 6, 2017

In the latest podcast for Crowell & Moring’s “Trump: The First Year” series, Dan Wolff and Tom Lorenzen, both litigation partners in the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources Group and Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, discuss the implications of a July 3 D.C. Circuit ruling invalidating EPA's 90-day administrative stay of the current oil and gas methane rule.

 Discussed in this 21-minute podcast: 

  • An overview of the Clean Air Council v. Pruitt decision.
  • The possible impacts of this decision on the administration’s stated goal of "deconstructing the administrative state."
  • Other possible mechanisms for halting rules in the short term without going through notice-and-comment rulemaking.
  • The practical implications of this ruling, and key takeaways for businesses.

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Trump: The First Year - Anti-Money Laundering and the New Beneficial Ownership Rule

June 22, 2017

What does the new beneficial ownership rule mean for lenders and other businesses? As part of our “Trump: The First Year” series, International Trade Group partners Carlton Greene and Cari Stinebower sit down with Commercial Finance & Lending Senior Counsel Scott Lessne to discuss the new rule. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Carlton served as chief counsel of FinCEN and also worked for OFAC at the Dept. of the Treasury. Cari has previously worked as an attorney advisor for the Office of the General Counsel at OFAC. Scott's practice involves the representation of financial institutions and corporate clients in connection with the negotiation and documentation of commercial, asset-based, project-related, and real estate loan transactions.

Discussed in this 33 minute podcast:

  • An overview of the new CDD rule, including what is covered.
  • How can banks identify beneficial owners? Who is responsible?
  • How does this affect small institutions versus large ones?
  • What new technology might affect this space?
  • What do covered businesses need to know and do?

Visit crowell.com/TrumpFirstYear for more information.

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Trump: The First Year - Announcing Crowell & Moring’s Regulatory Forecast 2017 and Trump: The First Year Series

May 10, 2017

On May 9, Crowell & Moring launched its third annual Regulatory Forecast. The 2017 edition, subtitled “What Trump Means for Business,” provides in-depth analysis on how the new administration, Congress, and the federal courts are changing the regulatory landscape and what it means for business in the months ahead. With this publication, we are also announcing the launch of our new Trump: The First Year series about the regulatory changes emerging from the White House under the new administration. In this first episode of the series, Regulatory Forecast co-editors Dan Wolff and Richard Lehfeldt sit down to discuss the Forecast and what to expect from the series.

In this 12 minute podcast, Richard and Dan discuss what you will find in our Regulatory Forecast 2017 and what lessons businesses should take from the publication. The forecast is available at crowell.com/regulatoryforecast.

Visit crowell.com/TrumpFirstYear for more information.

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First 100 Days: The Trump Administration’s New Import Duties on Canadian Softwood Lumber

April 27, 2017

In the last few days the news has been chock-a-block with headlines about the administration slapping new import duties on softwood lumber from Canada. As part of our “First 100 Days” series, International Trade Group partner Alex Schaefer sits down to discuss the duties. Alex represents clients contending with U.S. import regulations, including the customs and trade remedies laws.

 Discussed in this 6 minute podcast:

  • The background of this lumber dispute.
  • The reasons for the new import duties.
  • What the future may hold on the lumber front.

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First 100 Days: An Update on Tax Reform – C&M’s First 100 Days Series

April 13, 2017

As part of our “First 100 Days” series, Jim Flood, chair of Crowell & Moring’s Government Affairs Group, and Scott Douglas, senior director of policy with the firm, sit down to discuss tax reform, both where it is now and where we can expect it to go. Jim has previously served as counsel to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Scott as a finance director for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Covered in this 17 minute podcast:

  • The current state of tax reform initiatives.
  • The potential timetable for tax reform bills.
  • What is likely to happen with regard to the corporate tax rate and what companies should expect.
  • The probability of a new Border Adjustment Tax.
  • Will this tax reform be deficit neutral?

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First 100 Days: President Trump’s Energy Independence Executive Order – What Changes Can Companies Expect, and When?

April 5, 2017

As part of our First 100 Days series, Tom Lorenzen and Dan Leff, both part of Crowell & Moring’s Environment & Natural Resources Group, sit down to discuss President Trump’s energy independence executive order. Tom is a partner in the group and the former assistant chief with the DOJ’s Environment & Natural Resources Division. Dan is an associate who focuses on litigation, permitting, and counseling under environmental statutes including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act.

Discussed in this 17 minute podcast

  • An overview of the energy independence executive order.
  • What effect this might have on the Clean Power Plan, the NSPS, and the endangerment finding.
  • How ongoing litigation will be affected.
  • What other changes companies might expect.

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