Infrastructure bill may set stage for trillion dollar plan

By: Kyle Glazier |  Published June 18, 2018, 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON – A bill now before two congressional committees may represent a first step in an initiative to combine federal, state, and local financing to inject funds into America’s deteriorating infrastructure.

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Federal loan sale plan to pay for infrastructure funding gains traction

by Simone Baribeau  | 18 June 2018

The US Congress took up legislation last week that would sell federally held distressed debt and use the proceeds to help fund infrastructure improvements, said municipal advisors Larry Kidwell and Robbi Jones. 

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William Lacy Clay Jr. Teams with Republican Study and Freedom Caucus Members to Help Nation’s Poorest Communities Make GAIINs

June 18, 2018

Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr. (D-MO) has teamed up with Republican Study Caucus member Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Freedom Caucus member Congressman Ted Budd (R-NC). The trio introduced legislation on Thursday that, if passed, would require the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to sell off distressed assets, with 50% of the proceeds going to infrastructure projects in poor communities and 50% going to paying down the national debt.

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Kelly’s bipartisan bill would decrease national debt by selling off distressed assets

By Ripon Advance News Service  |  June 18, 2018

”Even in this time of historically strong economic growth, some of our country’s poorest communities are still waiting for significant infrastructure improvements,” Rep. Kelly said. “This unique, bipartisan piece of legislation will directly benefit them and boost their economies without raising taxes or adding to the deficit.”

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New bipartisan bill aims to help poor communities while reducing national debt

By Sally Persons - Monday, June 18, 2018

A new bipartisan bill introduced last week aims to directly help poor communities while also reducing the nation’s debt.

The Generating American Income and Infrastructure Act, or GAIIN Act, was introduced on Thursday by Republican Reps. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Ted Budd of North Carolina, and Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. of Missouri.

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A new way for Washington to focus on America's poorest communities

By Alexi McCammond June 17, 2018

An infrastructure bill to invest in America's poorest communities introduced in the House last week could be a template for bridging the gap between the extremes of the two parties.

Why it matters: The bill's co-sponsors are a coalition of members from the Freedom Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus who rarely work together. And it can be a roadmap to expand cooperation to other areas, like pharmaceuticals, telecom, health care and climate change, said the lobbying firm behind the bill.

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An unlikely alliance of 2 groups is pushing Trump to get behind their infrastructure bill

by Allan Smith June 15, 2018

A coalition that includes the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Freedom Caucus is trying to get President Donald Trump to back their infrastructure bill.

The bill, introduced by Republican Reps. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania and Ted Budd of North Carolina, and Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay of Missouri on Thursday, would require the Agriculture Department to sell distressed assets to private entities, and then direct the Treasury Department use the proceeds from those sales to invest in infrastructure projects in low-income communities. The bill also requires that some of the workforce employed for those projects comes from the community being served.

 
 

 
 

Bipartisan lawmakers introduce infrastructure bill for poor communities

BY JONATHAN EASLEY - 06/14/18 09:05 PM EDT

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House have introduced a bill aimed at funding new infrastructure projects in the nation’s poorest communities.

The Generating American Income and Infrastructure Act (GAIIN Act) would instruct the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to sell off distressed assets, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to infrastructure projects in poor communities and 50 percent going to paying down the national debt.

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A new idea for American infrastructure

By Jonathan Swan Sun, June 10, 2018

For more than a year, United by Interest — a majority-minority-owned bipartisan lobbying firm — has been working on a plan to unite the bases of both parties to rally behind an infrastructure bill that would invest in America’s poorest communities.

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Exclusive — Bipartisan Infrastructure Funding Package that Sells Off Government Assets to Pay for Program on Way

by Matthew Boyle 8 Jun 2018

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is working on an infrastructure package to help America’s poorest communities, Breitbart News has learned.

The package, which will sell off government debt assets and split the money between deficit reduction and infrastructure spending, would cost taxpayers nothing–as it would transition wasteful government assets into serving as a revenue-raising tool.

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United By Interest: A new firm created by Democratic & Republican Lobbyists

2/20/2018 - Politics Inside Out on SiriusXM's POTUS Channel 124

Sam Geduldig and Mike Williams on their new partnership.

CHRIS FRATES: Joining us now on politics inside out are two of Washington’s top lobbyists. Republican Sam Geduldig is a partner at the CGCN Group and Mike Williams is the head of the Williams Group and he is a Democrat and they’ve formed a new firm, United By Interest which combines the interest of low income conservative white voters from rural area and low income African-American and Hispanic voters from urban areas.

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Exclusive — Base Politics: Infrastructure Pathway Would Reduce Deficit Without Gas Tax Hike by Auctioning Off Government Assets

by MATTHEW BOYLE 20 Feb 2018

A pathway forward on infrastructure for President Donald Trump and Congress has emerged via a new bipartisan minority-owned public affairs firm, Breitbart News has learned, as members of both the Republican and Democratic Party on Capitol Hill are actively working to launch a different type of vehicle to fund an expansive rebuilding effort in America’s interior…

“We’ve been spending most of our efforts on infrastructure and we’ve come up with a plan that mirrors the 1986 tax language that Reagan used in which they sold off distressed assets across several government agencies,” Sammy Geduldig, a top Republican lobbyist who joined the new firm United By Interest this month, said in an appearance on Breitbart News Sunday this weekend.

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Lobbying World

BY THE HILL STAFF - 02/20/18 07:31 PM EST

A group of bipartisan firms, including those with ties to the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is forming an official partnership that aims “to help clients forge areas of agreement between seemingly divergent constituencies with Tea-Party conservatives and the Republican Study Committee on the right and the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus on the left,” according to a release. “The firm will advocate commonsense policies that help low- and moderate-income communities.” The firms and lobbyists included in the partnership, called United by Interest, include Sam Geduldig, a partner at CGCN Group, Michael Williams of the Williams Group, David Morgan of D. Morgan & Partners, Jennifer Stewart of Stewart Strategies & Solutions, Joe Velasquez of Velasquez & Associates and Jim Terry of TDS Public Affairs.

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Geduldig formalizes partnership with Democratic lobbyists

By MARIANNE LEVINE and THEODORIC MEYER

02/14/2018 02:33 PM EST

The idea behind the new firm is that the constituents of members of Congress who represent the poorest congressional districts have much in common, whether their representatives are Democrats who belong to the Congressional Black Caucus or Congressional Hispanic Caucus or conservative Republicans allied with the House Freedom Caucus. And those common interests create opportunities for lobbyists to build unorthodox coalitions.

We see a business model in working with the bases of both parties,” Geduldig said in a statement. “Republicans and Democrats in the poorest districts want many of the same things.” “We don’t pretend we’re going to smooth over all of the very real differences between the two parties, but we do think this is the right playbook to find areas of agreement,” Williams said in a statement of his own. “Poor black districts need many of the same things that rural white ones do."

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Press Release

 February 14, 2018 

Top Republican, Democratic Lobbyists Launch New, Bipartisan Firm United By Interest 

The Majority Minority-Owned Partnership Represents First Public-Affairs Firm To Focus Primarily On Both Parties Core Constituencies 

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The Finance 202: Trump versus Bannon threatens populist economic agenda

Tory Newmyer 

January 4 at 8:02 AM

President Trump’s breakup with his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon had all the stuff of a good telenovela: insults aimed at family members; sniffy one-upmanship; charges and countercharges of treason and insanity. It could also carry consequences for Trump’s economic agenda. 

They may have other options. For one, an odd-bedfellows coalition of bipartisan sponsors — organized by Sam Geduldig, a Republican lobbyist at CGCN Group, and Mike Williams, a Democratic lobbyist with the Williams Group — is preparing to offer its own proposal that takes a more recognizably populist approach. Watch this space.

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GOP Lobby Shop Courts Black and Hispanic Democrats in Vacuum Left by Liberal Establishment

Ryan Grim
June 14 2017, 9:00 a.m.

CGCN GROUP, A REPUBLICAN lobbying firm with ties to the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, has formed a new strategic alliance with four Democratic firms that work closely with the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses. The odd quintuple said that despite wildly diverging politics on a slew of issues, they all have one thing in common: high levels of poverty back home.

“Despite their ideological differences, members of the CBC, CHC, and conservative Republicans represent districts that need the most help jump-starting their local economies,” according to a memo drafted to explain the budding partnership. “Most of these districts have at least 20 percent of their populations living below the federal poverty line and are in desperate need of jobs, transportation infrastructure, outside investment, energy, and economic development.”
Jennifer Stewart, of Stewart Strategies & Solutions, one of the Democratic groups involved in the partnership, cited “transportation infrastructure, nutrition programs, education, and criminal justice” as potential areas the crew could work together. “The opportunities are limitless.”

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OPINION

Trump and Kudlow should consider outside-the-beltway, innovative infrastructure plan

by The Gazette editorial board

April 04, 2018 01:19 PM

Larry Kudlow, meet Larry Kidwell and Robbi Jones.

President Donald Trump’s new chief economic adviser, former CNBC analyst Kudlow, could do the country a favor by considering an innovative, outside-the-beltway plan by two financial firms to fix infrastructure and create a high-wage, blue-collar jobs revolution.

Neither Republicans nor Democrats have proposed financially viable ideas to upgrade the country’s neglected roads, bridges, schools, pipelines, and power grid.

Democrats would raise taxes; Republicans would hope for the best. Neither plan offers promise for improving our dangerous, nationwide infrastructure graded D+ by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Two Americas: Districts of Despair

Mike Allen

AP

Homicide data show that urban killings are rising in clusters, while other areas of the same city grow safer, AP's Sara Burnett and Larry Fenn report:

  • "Slayings in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are becoming concentrated into small areas where people are dying at a pace not seen in years, if ever. Around them, much of the rest of the city is growing more peaceful."
  • "The neighborhoods enduring the most violence were largely poor and African-American, as were the killers and the victims."
  • "Researchers say the disparity may be linked to increased joblessness, segregation and the growth of the so-called wealth gap. Over the past three decades, the wealthiest Americans have grown markedly richer while low earners lost jobs and struggled and some turned to violence."
  • Why it matters: "The inequality between the two realities deepened in recent years, allowing people in the same metropolis to live in one realm with little sense of the other and creating districts of despair where everyone has seen or had someone close to them shot or killed."