By David Lindsey, Washington Deputy Bureau Chief
These are chaotic times in Washington, as deep political divisions over budgets, taxes and government programs have led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government, threatened the United States’ credit rating and raised questions about whether persistent uncertainty is the new normal. The Reuters Washington Summit offered unique insight into the factors that are shaping the debates in Washington, as several of the capital’s most important players shed light on the ongoing tension within the Republican Party, the efforts to boost President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the push to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws and the markers already being laid down in advance of upcoming talks on the U.S. budget.
The tension within the Republican Party was evident during the appearances by Senators Ted Cruz and John McCain. Cruz, the outspoken Texas Republican and Tea Party favorite, called the government shutdown a positive step toward changing President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. McCain, the Arizona Republican who has been a vocal critic of Cruz’s assault on “Obamacare,” said the effort had damaged Republicans. However, McCain added that problems with Obamacare’s website could help ease Americans’ anger toward his party over the shutdown. (more…)
How do Washington insiders see the outlook for the United States and beyond?
These are chaotic times in Washington, as deep political divisions over budgets, taxes and government programs led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government, threatened the United States’ credit rating and raised questions about whether persistent uncertainty is the new normal. Reuters Washington Summit will help answer those and many other questions about the future of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, offering analysis from current and former lawmakers, industry advocates and others who represent the latest thinking about what’s going on in Washington and what it means. (more…)
A benchmark election looms for a politically divided nation, and bitter partisanship in Congress could threaten the financial stability of the U.S. government if lawmakers cannot agree on how to deal with tax increases and dramatic budget cuts that could kick in at the end of the year. Meanwhile, new campaign finance laws have changed the shape of elections, allowing wealthy, often anonymous donors to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the presidential and congressional campaigns.
Against those backdrops, the Reuters Washington Summit shed light on the political and economic forces that are driving the debates in the nation’s capital and beyond. The Summit featured a range of key players in Washington, including U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican widely viewed as a top contender to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who as House speaker was a key player in passing President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul in 2010; and Grover Norquist, the anti-tax advocate whose influence in Washington is such that many see him as a key reason for conservative lawmakers’ reluctance to compromise on budget and debt issues.
Over three days, news from the Reuters Summit help to drive the political narrative in Washington. For a summary recap report of the Summit, click here. (more…)
What are the latest insights into the elections and beyond, and what does it mean for investors and the global economy?
Presidential elections often are turning points in America – in politics, policy and priorities. That is especially true this year, when Americans will decide whether to stay the course with President Barack Obama or replace him with Republican Mitt Romney amid rising concerns about a sluggish economy, rising debt, partisan gridlock in Washington and ominous signs from Europe.
Reuters Washington Summit will focus on these election-year themes and more – including how new campaign finance rules are allowing the wealthy to have more of a say in shaping campaigns.
The Summit will include closed interviews with key players in Washington politics and policy-making who will give Reuters journalists their insight into what to expect this fall and beyond – including the post-election session of Congress that is expected to face a “fiscal cliff” of tax and budget issues.
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