By: C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Founder & CEO of Monument Advocacy

For many Republicans and conservatives, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris today generates a set of bewilderingly inconsistent reactions. On one hand, you fear that the Democrats’ shift to the hard left will bring a host of policies that should be inconceivable in a centrist country — sky-high tax rates, disdain for law enforcement, and unions in charge of education, to name a few. On the other hand, you know that the country barely survived four years of President Trump and the inability of…


By: Lawrence Duncan III and Noelle Jones

The Congressional Black Caucus (“CBC”) has long been recognized as the “conscience of the Congress.” But the CBC’s stature as a major powerbroker will reach new heights in the 117th Congress. Founded in 1971 with just 13 members, today the CBC stands at a record number of 57 members as it embarks on its 50th anniversary in 2021.

If business and industry leaders truly want to be successful advocates for their legislative priorities this Congress, they would be wise to build meaningful relationships with the CBC, whose membership has some of the most…


By: T.A. Hawks

Next year, new faces on the Ag Committees.

In two Committees unused to upheaval, there will be significant changes in leadership atop the House and Senate Agriculture Committees in the coming Congress. This will provide opportunities for new viewpoints from senior leaders on the Committee, but also is a time for ramping up staffing, leading to both friction and functional changes in how the Committees operate.

Longtime farm advocate Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) retires at the end of this year, and his historic leadership of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and all the acquired knowledge…


By: Lawrence Duncan III

The aftermath of the Presidential election has finally produced a peaceful transition of power. In many respects, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won a decisive and convincing victory: 306 electoral votes, more than 80 million popular votes (the most ever), and they flipped five states from Red to Blue — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia. But in other ways, the pundits who predicted a Big Blue Wave got it wrong. Democrats lost seats in the House and now have a smaller majority. And while Democrats flipped two Senate seats in Colorado and…

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