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    April 21, 2017
    • TAX REFORM
      Treasury Secretary Addresses Tax Reform, Interest Deductibility as President Trump Orders Review of Recent Tax Regulations
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      States Attempt to Resolve Online Sales Tax Amid Congressional Inaction; New Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch May Sway Debate

    April 14, 2017
    • TAX REFORM
      House GOP Policymakers Announce Tax Reform Hearings as President Nominates White House Chief Economist; April 28 Government Funding Deadline Looms
    • FLOOD INSURANCE
      Commercial and Multifamily Real Estate Organizations Urge Reauthorization and Reform to National Flood Insurance Program Before Sept. 30 Sunset

    April 7, 2017
    • SPRING 2017 ROUNDTABLE POLICY MEETING
      Trump Cabinet Members and Leading Policymakers Focus On Prospects for Tax Reform, Infrastructure Funding and Economic Growth Policies With Roundtable Members
    • REGULATORY TAX REFORM
      Roundtable Offers Roadmap for Tax Regulatory Relief that Will Drive Real Estate Investment, Infrastructure Improvements, and Job Growth

    March 31, 2017
    • POLICY LANDSCAPE
      After Healthcare Vote Setback, Policymakers Struggle to Chart a Clear Path To Advance Tax Reform and Infrastructure Funding While Averting April 29 Government Shutdown
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Real Estate Industry Rallies to Support Funding for EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program

    March 24, 2017
    • TAX POLICY
      Treasury Secretary Talks Tax Reform as High-Stakes House Vote on Health Care Collapses
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
      Policymakers Set Fall Target for Infrastructure Legislation; Roundtable Addresses Role of Public-Private Partnerships
    • FIDUCIARY RULE
      Labor Secretary Nominee Pledges to Uphold Administration Directive on Fiduciary Rule

    March 17, 2017
    • TAX POLICY
      Obamacare, Budget and Internet Sales Tax in the Spotlight at Midpoint of Crucial Congressional Work Period
    • WHITE HOUSE BUDGET & ENVIROMENTAL POLICY
      President Trump Unveils Federal Budget Blueprint for FY 2018; ENERGY STAR Among EPA Programs Slated for Cuts

    March 10, 2017
    • TAX POLICY
      Obamacare Overhaul Gets Underway: House Bill Would Repeal 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE U.S.
      House Hearing Considers EB-5 Legislative, Regulatory Reforms

    March 3, 2017
    • TAX & MONETARY POLICY
      President Trump’s Congressional Address Promises “Historic Tax Reform” as Business Interest Deduction Looms; Federal Reserve Leaders State Interest Rate Rise Likely This Month
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
      Trump Re-Commits to 1 Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Plan in Congressional Address; Roundtable Informs Senate Committee of Real Estate’s Role in Infrastructure Policy
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Trump to EPA: Re-Do “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

    February 24, 2017
    • TAX POLICY
      Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Aims for Tax Reform by August Recess; Prospects for Border Adjustable Tax Proposal Unsure

    February 17, 2017
    • ECONOMIC POLICY
      Steven Mnuchin Sworn In as 77th Treasury Secretary; Faces Debt Ceiling Deadline, Tax Code Reform and Regulatory Revamp Agenda
    • TAX POLICY
      House Tax Plan Faces Increasing Resistance as Speaker Ryan Promises “Tax Reform Is Going to Happen”
    • IN MEMORIAM
      The Roundtable Mourns the Passing of Former Republican Leader Bob Michel

    February 10, 2017
    • TAX REFORM
      Trump Promises Tax Announcement in Weeks as House Republicans Struggle to Gain Support for Specific Tax Reform Policies
    • ECONOMIC SENTIMENT INDEX
      Q1 Survey: Optimism Among Commercial Real Estate Executives Leads to Increase in Economic Sentiment Index
    • FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY
      GAO Recommends Enhanced Disclosure Policies for Foreign-Owned Real Estate Leased by Federal Agency Tenants

    February 3, 2017
    • REGULATORY ROLLBACK
      President Trump Orders Overhaul of Dodd-Frank and Cut in Future Federal Regulations as Congressional Republicans Aim to Rescind Agency Rules
    • TAX REFORM
      President Trump, White House Officials Make the Case for Tax Reform as Executive Actions, Supreme Court Nomination Point to Major Changes in Tax Policy
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
      Broad Business and Labor Coalition Urges President Trump to Invest in the Nation’s Infrastructure

    January 27, 2017
    • 2017 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY MEETING
      Roundtable Debuts 2017 Policy Agenda During State Of The Industry Meeting
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
      President Trump Pushes to Add Infrastructure to GOP Policy Priority List; Senate Democrats Unveil Infrastructure Proposal
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      Governors Press Congress to Act on Internet Sales Tax Fairness as State Litigation Moves Forward

    January 19, 2017
    • WHITE HOUSE TRANSITION
      Trump Administration’s Initial Focus To Target Obamacare “Repeal And Replace,” Tax Reform and Infrastructure Investment
    • CONGRESSIONAL LANDSCAPE
      GOP-Controlled Congress Faces Challenge of Balancing Initial Policy Priorities With Looming Budget and Program Expiration Deadlines

    January 13, 2017
    • TAX POLICY
      As Trump Transition Moves Forward, House Lawmakers Signal a Fast Track on Tax Reform

    January 6, 2017
    • CONGRESSIONAL LANDSCAPE
      115th Congress Sworn In With Ambitious GOP Agenda Aimed at Tax and Regulatory Policy Reforms; Senate Democrats Vow to Hold Trump “Accountable”
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Basel Committee Delays Vote on Capital & Liquidity Standards; Dodd-Frank Revisions Expected in New Congress

    December 16, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      National Real Estate Organizations Frame Key Tax Reform Principles as House Lawmakers Plan a Path Forward
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Basel IV Capital Standards’ Impact on CRE Expressed by Industry Groups as U.S. Banking Regulatory Agencies Consider Additional Measures

    December 9, 2016
    • CONGRESSIONAL LANDSCAPE
      Eyeing Trump Administration Priorities, Congress Looks to End Current Session with Another Short-Term Spending Resolution
    • TAX POLICY
      Tax Technical Corrections Bill Brings Clarity, Certainty to New FIRPTA Relief and Partnership Audit Rules

    December 2, 2016
    • TAX POLICY – FRACTIONS RULE
      New “Fractions Rule” Regulations Reduce Burdens on Tax-Exempt Real Estate Investors
    • TAX POLICY – ESTATE TAX REGULATIONS
      Real Estate Roundtable Testifies Against Treasury Department Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

    November 18, 2016
    • CONGRESSIONAL LANDSCAPE
      GOP Lawmakers Opt for Short-Term Spending Bill to Clear the Decks for Infrastructure, Other Trump Administration Priorities
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      New Administration and Congress Expected to Propose Dodd-Frank Revisions and Other Regulatory Relief

    November 10, 2016
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE & CRE
      The 2016 Presidential Election and the New Congress
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Roundtable Urges EPA to Swiftly Finalize “Tenant Star” Criteria for High Performance Leased Space Fit-Outs

    November 4, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Real Estate Roundtable, Ways and Means Committee Members Urge Administration to Withdraw Estate Tax Regulations
    • REAL ESTATE & U.S. ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
      Q4 Commercial Real Estate Conditions Balanced and Steady; Industry Execs Await Consequences of Elections

    October 28, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Ways and Means Committee Converting Tax Reform Blueprint into 2017 Legislation
    • AIRBNB & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
      New York Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Imposing Fines on Airbnb Hosts

    October 21, 2016
    • CYBERSECURITY
      Federal Regulators Propose New Cybersecurity Standards for Financial Industry; Roundtable Joins Multi-Industry Letter of Support for Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity Efforts
    • TAX POLICY
      Final “Earnings Stripping” Regulations Address Major Real Estate Concerns, But Challenges Remain
    • LAND USE POLICY
      Obama Administration Takes on NIMBY Zoning Laws Impeding Affordable Housing and Economic Growth

    October 14, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Spotlight on Trump Tax Documents Draws New Focus to Real Estate Tax Policy
    • PARTNERSHIP TAXATION
      Treasury Shuts down “Bottom Dollar” Guarantees and Tax-Deferred, Leveraged Partnership Transactions in New Regulations Affecting Real Estate
    • DIVERSITY
      Corporate Call for Diversity as a Board Governance Principle Complements Real Estate Roundtable Efforts

    October 7, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Trump Tax Documents Draw Media Focus to Real Estate Investment as Tax Shelter; Roundtable Editorial in USA Today
    • ESTATE TAX
      GOP Lawmakers Consider Legislative Options to Challenge Treasury's Estate Tax Proposal
    • ROUNDTABLE RECOGNITION
      Real Estate Forum Magazine's 70th Anniversary Issue Spotlights The Roundtable As "Smart CRE Business Play"

    September 30, 2016
    • CONGRESSIONAL LANDSCAPE
      Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Bill to Avoid Shut Down — And Breaks for Election Season
    • FALL 2016 ROUNDTABLE POLICY MEETING
      Key Policymakers, Presidential Campaign Advisors and Roundtable Members Address Upcoming Elections, Market Conditions and the Economy

    September 23, 2016
    • CONGRESSIONAL LANDSCAPE
      Discussions Continue on Capitol Hill to Pass Short-Term Spending Bill and Avoid Government Shutdown Before Sept. 30
    • TAX POLICY
      As Presidential Campaign Heats Up, New Real Estate Tax Proposals Emerge
    • SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
      Obama Administration Presses Forward on “Tenant Star” and Other Building Efficiency Initiatives to Secure Energy, Climate Legacy

    September 16, 2016
    • FALL POLICY OUTLOOK
      Budget Deal Eludes Senators as Negotiations Intensify to Avoid Government Shutdown
    • LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES
      Real Estate Organizations Urge Presidential Candidates to Retain Like-Kind Exchanges as Campaigns Roll Out New Tax Proposals
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT – DODD-FRANK
      House Financial Services Committee Passes Dodd-Frank Reform Legislation

    September 9, 2016
    • FALL POLICY OUTLOOK
      Congress Returns for Brief Pre-Election Session With Top Priorities to Avoid Government Shutdown, Provide Zika Funding
    • ESTATE TAX
      Treasury Proposes Sweeping Changes to Estate Tax Rules for Valuing Family-Owned Businesses
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Unveils Internet Sales Tax Plan
    • SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
      Real Estate Groups Urge Re-Thinking of “Green” Building Appraisal Standard

    July 29, 2016
    • POLITICAL CONVENTIONS, REAL ESTATE & THE ECONOMY
      Democratic Convention Forum Features Industry Leaders and Key Lawmakers on Policies Affecting CRE as Campaigns Enter Final Sprint to the Election
    • THE ROUNDTABLE’S 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
      "Adding Value" Offers Overview of Policy Activities in Tax, Capital and Credit, Sustainability and Homeland Security Areas

    July 22, 2016
    • POLITICAL CONVENTIONS, REAL ESTATE & THE ECONOMY
      Republican Convention Forum Features Industry Leaders and Key Lawmakers on Policies Affecting CRE; July 27 Policy Forum Planned for Democratic Convention
    • TAX POLICY
      Capitol Hill Differences Sharpen on Homeownership Tax Incentives; Federal Housing Program Reforms Passes Congress
    • SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
      Congress Moves to Conference on Energy Legislation With Commercial Building Codes Language, While EPA Plans to Ramp-Up “Tenant Star” Program

    July 15, 2016
    • POLITICAL CONVENTIONS, REAL ESTATE & THE ECONOMY
      Industry Forums at Republican and Democratic Conventions Will Emphasize Vital Role of Real Estate in Economic Growth and Sustainable Communities
    • TAX POLICY – Earnings Stripping
      Opposition Intensifies as Treasury Moves Closer to Finalizing “Earnings Stripping” Tax Regulations
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      House Bill Would Block State Efforts to Collect Sales Taxes on Internet Transactions

    July 8, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Urges Treasury to Safeguard Real Estate Investment in Final International Tax Regulations
    • TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE
      Treasury Releases Report on Terrorism Risk Insurance Program’s Effectiveness and Recommends Premiums Be Retained for Future Claims
    • ROUNDTABLE ADVOCACY
      Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer Awarded “Voice of the Industry”

    June 24, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      House Republicans Release Tax Reform Blueprint; Propose Dramatic Changes to Taxation of Real Estate Investment

    June 17, 2016
    • REAL ESTATE ROUNDTABLE'S 2016 ANNUAL MEETING
      Roundtable’s Annual Meeting Features Top U.S. Policymakers & Industry Leaders — Policy Discussions Range from Infrastructure and Private-Public-Partnerships to the Presidential Election, Tax Reform and the Regulatory Environment

    June 10, 2016
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      House Republicans Unveil Outline of Dodd-Frank Overhaul as Trump Promises His Own Plan to Dismantle the Financial Regulatory Law
    • EXECUTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CRE PRIORITIES
      Roundtable Urges President Obama to Secure Legacy on Tax, Energy Policy

    June 3, 2016
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      Recent State, Taxpayer Challenges to Online Sales Tax Collection Expected to Wind Up in U.S. Supreme Court
    • TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE
      Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism Details Concerns Over Proposed TRIA Changes

    May 27, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Warns Senators of Real Estate, Economic Risks Arising from Changes to Taxation of Business Debt
    • ENERGY POLICY – TAX INCENTIVES
      Sweeping Energy Bill Moves Toward Senate-House “Conference” as Real Estate Groups Seek Extension of Clean Energy Tax Incentives for Buildings

    May 20, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Senator Wyden Floats Comprehensive Overhaul of Derivatives Taxation as Senate Finance Committee Debates Corporate Tax Reform
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT – RISK RETENTION
      With CMBS Market Facing Overlapping Regulations, Senate Policymakers Consider Legislation to Modify Credit Risk Retention Rules for CRE Loans

    May 13, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Highlights Like-Kind Exchanges as Congress Holds Tax Reform Hearings and Leaders Prepare Tax Reform Blueprint
    • U.S. ECONOMY & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
      American Hotel & Lodging Association Study Claims Explosive Growth of Airbnb Commercial Activities Reveals Unfair Business Practices in Travel Marketplace
    • REAL ESTATE & U.S. ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
      Q2 Sentiment Index: Commercial Real Estate Execs Cautiously Optimistic About Market Conditions Amid Global Economic Concerns and Political Uncertainty

    May 6, 2016
    • TAX POLICY & THE ELECTION
      Donald Trump Becomes Presumptive GOP Nominee as The Roundtable Participates on Industry Panels Focused on the Presidential Election, FIRPTA Reform Implementation
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Federal “Tenant Star” Report Highlights Roundtable Members’ Case Studies to Promote Energy Efficiency in “Next Gen” Commercial Leased Spaces

    April 29, 2016
    • TAX POLICY – DEPRECIATION
      Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Releases “Pooling” Proposal Affecting Depreciation, Cost Recovery Rules for Capital Assets
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY – LIQUIDITY
      Regulators Unveil New Liquidity Proposal Requiring Large Banks to Maintain Stable Funding That Could Endure One-Year of Financial Duress

    April 22, 2016
    • TAX POLICY – 'BAD BOY' GUARANTEES
      IRS Reverses Position on ‘Bad Boy’ Loan Guarantees After Meeting With Roundtable Delegation
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Senate Passes Ambitious Legislation Addressing 21st Century Energy Supply Challenges and Opportunities
    • TAX POLICY – PARTNERSHIP AUDIT REFORM
      Roundtable Submits Recommendations on Implementation of New Partnership Audit Rules
    • LAND DEVELOPMENT AND PROPERTY RIGHTS
      Real Estate Coalition Files “Friend of the Court” Brief in First SCOTUS Property Rights Case Since Justice Scalia’s Passing

    April 15, 2016
    • SPRING 2016 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      Roundtable Members Engage Key Washington Policymakers and Featured Speakers on Policy Issues Affecting Real Estate; Upcoming Elections; Market Conditions and the Economy
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Senate Breathes New Life into Omnibus Energy Legislation, With Possible Floor Votes Next Week
    • EB-5 JOBS AND INVESTMENT PROGRAM
      With EB-5 Program Scheduled to Expire September 30, Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Reforms to Targeted Employment Areas

    April 8, 2016
    • TAX POLICY – CORPORATE INVERSIONS
      President Unveils New Rules to Deter Corporate Inversions, Reform Business Taxes
    • EB-5 INVESTMENT PROGRAM
      Senate to Continue Oversight of EB-5 Investment Program Next Week as “Regional Center” Expiration Date Approaches in September
    • TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE
      Treasury Requests Comments on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program's Effectiveness and Proposed New Rules Implementing TRIP
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT – FIDUCIARY RULE
      Department of Labor Releases Long-Anticipated Fiduciary Rule Amid Bipartisan Opposition in Congress; Roundtable Working Group Assessing Potential Industry Impact

    April 1, 2016
    • U.S. MONETARY & ECONOMIC POLICY
      Yellen Restates Need for “Caution” on Interest Rates — a Welcome Signal for Financial Markets and U.S. Commercial Real Estate, Which Faces Emerging New Liquidity Challenges; Economic and Monetary Policy to be Key Issues at Roundtable’s Spring 2016 Meeting in April
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      DOL Poised to Release Final “Fiduciary Rule” Despite Ongoing Opposition on Capitol Hill; Roundtable Working Group Discusses Potential Real Estate Industry Implications
    • TAX POLICY
      Proposed U.S. Treasury Regulations Could Change Landscape for Infrastructure Financing, Tax-Exempt Bonds, and New Development
    • ROUNDTABLE STAFF CHANGE
      Senior Public Affairs Director, Longtime Roundtable Weekly Author/Editor Xenia Jowyk Leaving The Roundtable

    March 25, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      House Tax-Writers Examine Consumption-Based Tax Plans that Would Limit Businesses’ Ability to Write Off Interest Expenses; NY State Democrats Pursue “Carried Interest” Tax Change
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      In the Wake of Brussels Attacks, U.S. Real Estate Owners Re-Examining Security Strategies With Governmental, Private-Sector Partners; Homeland Security on the Agenda at Spring 2016 Roundtable Meeting

    March 18, 2016
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      U.S. Business Groups Renew Effort to Work with House Judiciary Chairman on Internet Sales Tax Issue
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Fed Signals Slower Pace of Interest Rate “Normalization,” Trims GDP Forecast Amid Lingering Global Weakness and Mixed Economic Indicators; Roundtable Warns of CMBS Market Impacts from Basel “Step-In Risk” Proposal
    • TAX POLICY / FIRPTA
      New Congressional Report Supports Broad Interpretation of FIRPTA Foreign Pension Fund Exemption
    • TAX POLICY / 'BAD BOY' LOAN GUARANTEES
      Roundtable Asks IRS to Withdraw Chief Counsel Advice on “Bad Boy” Loan Guarantees

    March 11, 2016
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / LIQUIDITY
      CRE ‘Headwinds’ Include Cascade of Looming Regulations; Moody’s Reports U.S. CRE Price Dip for First Time Since 2010; Fed Officials Divided on Interest-Rate Hikes Ahead of FOMC Meeting
    • TAX POLICY
      Bipartisan Coalition of 10 Senators Calls on Treasury to Ease Tax Rules that Unfairly Penalize Condo Developers

    March 4, 2016
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / RISK RETENTION
      House Financial Services Committee Passes Industry-Supported Bill to Modify Credit Risk Retention Rules for CRE Loans; CMBS Market Facing Looming Convergence of Regulations
    • LEASE ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
      Long-Awaited Accounting Standard Update (ASU) on Leases Unveiled; Roundtable Concerns About Real Estate and Macroeconomic Impacts
    • TAX POLICY / 'BAD BOY' GUARANTEES
      Newly Disclosed IRS Legal Memorandum Challenges Conventional Practices in Commercial Real Estate Lending

    February 26, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      As States Pursue Two-Pronged Internet Sales Tax Strategy, Court Upholds Colorado’s “Notice and Reporting” Requirements on Online Vendors; International Tax Reform Debate Intensifies as House Democrats Introduce New Legislation
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Plethora of Dodd-Frank, Basel III Rules Contributing to CMBS Market Dysfunction, Loss of Liquidity; CREFC, Roundtable Urge Single-Asset/Single-Borrower Exemption from Risk-Retention Rules
    • ENERGY, INFRASTRUCTURE & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Broad Senate Energy Bill Revived as Deal Emerges on Water Infrastructure Aid for Flint, Mich., and Other Communities; Includes Energy Efficiency Building Code Language

    February 19, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Members Urged to Contact U.S. Governors about Internet Sales Tax Issue; Brady, Hatch Pursue Different “Pathways” Toward International Tax Reform
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / ECONOMIC POLICY
      Fed Minutes Show Increasingly Cautious Outlook on Interest Rates; Yellen, Dudley Dismiss Talk of Negative Rates; Tighter Credit Conditions, CMBS Market Challenges Likely to Increase CRE Borrowing Costs

    February 12, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Obama’s Budget Would Hit Real Estate with Significant Tax Hikes — But is Declared “DOA” in GOP-Controlled Congress; McConnell Raises Hopes for Senate Vote on “E-Fairness,” Yet House Outlook Remains Uncertain
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE MARKET OUTLOOK
      CRE Conditions Remain Strong, Though Future Expectations Wane Amid Mounting Concerns; Yellen Downplays Risk of Renewed Recession, as Investors Bet Against Further Rate Hikes Before Year-End
    • REAL ESTATE, JOBS & U.S. INVESTMENT
      Congressional Review of EB-5 Investment Program Continues with House Judiciary Committee Hearing
    • TRANSPORTATION & LAND USE POLICY
      House Committee Votes to Subject FAA “One Engine Inoperative” (OEI) Proposal to Formal Rulemaking Requirements, Cost-Benefit Analysis; FAA Proposal has Significant Implications for Building Heights, Property Values Near U.S. Airports

    February 5, 2016
    • REAL ESTATE, JOBS & U.S. INVESTMENT
      Congress Re-Starts EB-5 Reform Efforts with Senate Judiciary Committee Heariing
    • TAX POLICY
      Discussions Begin on Implementation of New Partnership Audit Reforms; Newly Signed U.S.-Pacific Rim Trade Deal Faces Tough Ratification Vote in Congress
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Senate Energy Bill Held Up Over Federal Response to Flint, Mich., Drinking-Water Crisis; Bill Includes Roundtable-Backed Energy Efficiency Building-Code Language

    January 29, 2016
    • TAX POLICY
      Internet Sales Tax Issue Could Resurface in the Senate Next Week, Amid Debate Over Trade Enforcement Legislation, Internet Access Taxes
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Senate Begins Debate on Comprehensive Energy Bill with Roundtable-Backed Energy Efficiency Building-Code Language
    • ECONOMIC & MONETARY POLICY
      Fed Leaves Interest Rates Alone Amid Global Weakness, Mixed U.S. Economic Indicators; Job Creation Surges as GDP, Consumer Spending and Exports Fall

    January 22, 2016
    • 2016 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY MEETING
      Policy, Politics, the Economy Dominate Roundtable’s 2016 Winter Meeting with U.S. Senators, Former U.S. Officials

    January 15, 2016
    • STATE OF THE UNION, THE ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE
      Key Themes, Issues in Obama’s Speech and Facing Congress to be Discussed at Roundtable Gathering Next Week; Tax Reform a Long Shot for 2016, though Key Lawmakers, GOP Candidates Seek to Shape Debate Now
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Treasury to Scrutinize All-Cash Real Estate Purchases by Shell Companies in NYC, Miami; Temporary Regulatory Initiative to be Discussed at Roundtable’s RECPAC Meeting Next Week

    January 8, 2016
    • WASHINGTON OUTLOOK
      Election-Year Politics, Tight Schedule Lower Expectations for Concrete Legislative Activity — Yet Last Year’s Bipartisan Deals Offer Hope for Potential Breakthroughs
    • FEDERAL REGULATION, INVESTOR REPORTING & SUSTAINABILITY
      As Administration Readies Thousands of Potential Regulations, Roundtable Comments on New Proposed Sustainability Reporting for Real Estate

    December 18, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY; INFRASTRUCTURE; FOREIGN INVESTMENT
      “Omnibus” Package Heads for the White House; Bill Represents Victory on Key Roundtable Priorities, Including FIRPTA, Leasehold Improvement Depreciation, Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive; EB-5 Extension Allows Space for Needed “Integrity” and Other Reforms
    • U.S. MONETARY & ECONOMIC POLICY
      Fed’s First Rate Hike Since 2006 Signals Beginning of the End of Crisis-Era Monetary Policy, Though Future Tightening Expected to be “Gradual”; Much at Stake for Interest-Sensitive Assets Such as Real Estate

    December 11, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      As Endgame Approaches on Omnibus Budget Deal, Brady Unveils Tax “Extenders” Bill with Roundtable-Backed FIRPTA Reforms
    • REAL ESTATE, JOBS & U.S. INVESTMENT
      EB-5 Investment Reform Negotiations Continue, as Program’s Extension Hinges on Omnibus Federal Spending Bill

    December 4, 2015
    • BUDGET, TAX & INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY
      Ongoing Omnibus Budget Talks Could be Helped by Bipartisan Visa Waiver Deal; Talks Intensify on Tax “Extenders” Package (including Real Estate-Backed Provisions); Five-Year Transportation Infrastructure Bill Heads to White House Today for Obama’s Signature
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / ECONOMIC & MONETARY POLICY
      Robust U.S. Job Creation in October, November Increases Likelihood of Interest Rate “Lift-Off” in December
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Obama, Congressional Republicans Spar Over Climate Change; House Passes Comprehensive Energy Bill with Building Efficiency Measures
    • IN MEMORIAM
      Douglas Shorenstein — a “Transformational Force” Within the Real Estate Industry

    November 20, 2015
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      Paris Attacks Spur Concern about Potential “Copycat” Attacks Against U.S. “Soft Targets”; Real Estate — Working with Counter-Terrorism and Law Enforcement Officials — Steps Up Efforts to Ensure Security of Buildings and their Occupants
    • REAL ESTATE, JOBS & U.S. INVESTMENT
      Roundtable, Coalition Partners Work to Build Momentum for Widely Supported EB-5 “Integrity Reforms”; Jobs, Billions in Capital Investment at Stake if Program is Allowed to Expire on Dec. 11
    • IN MEMORIAM
      John Zuccotti, former Deputy Mayor of New York City, Industry Leader, and Brookfield Property Group's Chairman of Global Operations, Has Passed

    November 13, 2015
    • REAL ESTATE, JOBS & U.S. INVESTMENT
      “Buzz” Over EB-5 Investment Program Picks Up as Dec. 11 Expiration Nears; Key Senators Urge “Integrity,” National Security Reforms Supported by The Real Estate Roundtable
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      FASB Sets Effective Dates for Lease Accounting Standard, Paving the Way for Final Version to be Published in Early 2016; Roundtable Remains Concerned About Serious Real Estate-Specific, Macroeconomic Impacts

    November 6, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      As Budget/Debt Ceiling Bill Becomes Law, Another Deadline Looms over Individual Spending Bills; Brady Elected to Chair House Tax Panel
    • REAL ESTATE, JOBS & U.S. INVESTMENT
      As Dec. 11 Deadline Looms, Roundtable and Coalition Partners Urge Reform, Reauthorization of EB-5 Investment Program; Roundtable Members Should Continue to Contact U.S. Lawmakers on this Issue
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      As Yellen Reaffirms Possibility of December Interest Rate Hike, U.S. Employers Create 271,000 New Jobs
    • U.S. ECONOMIC POLICY & REAL ESTATE MARKET CONDITIONS
      Roundtable Sentiment Survey Participants Foresee More Measured Growth, Despite Current Strength of CRE Market Conditions

    October 30, 2015
    • Fall 2015 Roundtable Meeting
      As House Elects a New Speaker, Roundtable Engages Lawmakers on Domestic, Geopolitical, Security Issues; Roubini Discusses Washington Gridlock, Global Re-Leveraging and “Anemic” Growth Rates as Fed Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Debt-Ceiling-and-Budget Deal Heads to White House, Setting up Next Conflict Over “Omnibus” Spending Bill; “Pay-For” Provision on IRS Partnership Audits Reflects Significant Real Estate Roundtable Input
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      Cyber Info-Sharing Bill Clears Senate With Broad Bipartisan Support; Bill Must Now Be Conferenced With House Version

    October 23, 2015
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      Ryan Embraces Speakership Candidacy after Strong Show of Support from 3 Key GOP Factions; Formal Voting Set for Next Week; Conservative Debt Ceiling Plan Shelved
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      Cyber Info-Sharing Bill Advances in the Senate; Measure has Broad Bipartisan Backing and Industry Support

    October 16, 2015
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      All Eyes on Paul Ryan as he Weighs Running for House Speaker — Leaving Urgent Policy Issues in Limbo; Debt Ceiling Deadline Now Nov. 3; Key House, Senate Lawmakers Expected at Fall Roundtable Meeting this Month
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Article Explains Dangers of Partnership Audit Reform Proposals, While Laying Out Constructive Alternatives that Do Not Harm Real Estate
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Federal Court Temporarily Blocks EPA from Enforcing New “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule, Which Has Vast Implications for Property Owners, Land Use

    October 9, 2015
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      House GOP in Turmoil After McCarthy’s Surprise Withdrawal from Speaker’s Race; Boehner to Stay on Until Conference Unifies Around a Successor
    • TRADE & ECONOMIC POLICY
      Newly Finalized Pacific-Rim Trade Pact Faces Tough Sell on Capitol Hill in 2016; Has Important Implications for Cross-Border Capital Flows Relating to Real Estate, Infrastructure
    • CYBER SECURITY
      Senate Floor Vote on Cyber Info-Sharing Bill Expected Week of Oct. 19; Commercial Facilities Sector — including Real Estate — Faces “Clear and Present Danger” from Growing Cyber Threat

    October 2, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Government Shutdown Averted — for Now; CR Sets up New “Cliff” for Dec. 11, Extends EB-5 Investment Program Temporarily; Trump Joins Bush in Rolling out Tax Reform Plan
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      House GOP Set to Revamp Leadership Next Week, Amid Array of Urgent Policy Challenges; McCarthy Favored to Succeed Boehner as Speaker of the House
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
      Roundtable Letter Encourages Federal Agencies to Implement “Tenant Star”; Building Energy Efficiency Measures Included in Pending House and Senate Bills

    September 25, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Senate Clears Path for Clean “CR” Running Through Dec. 11 — with Short-Term EB-5 Reauthorization “Patch”; House GOP Strategy Unclear in the Wake of Boehner’s “Seismic” Resignation Announcement
    • CYBER SECURITY
      U.S., China Agree Not to Support or Conduct “Cyber-Enabled” Intellectual Property Theft; No Similar Agreement Announced on Critical Infrastructure

    September 18, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      As Budget Battles Continue and Govt. Shutdown Looms, Obama Seeks to Tie “Carried Interest” to Debate Over “Sequestration”; Roundtable Statement Focuses on Carried Interest’s Role as Means of Incentivizing Investment
    • REAL ESTATE, JOBS & U.S. INVESTMENT
      Roundtable, Coalition Partners Continue to Press for EB-5 Extension, Key Integrity Reforms; Roundtable Members Should Contact Congress and Urge EB-5 “Patch” on Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government
    • U.S. MONETARY POLICY
      Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged, Citing Global Economic Weakness, Financial Market Turmoil, Low Inflation; Economist Nouriel Roubini to Join Roundtable Fall Meeting for Dialogue

    September 11, 2015
    • LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK
      Congress’ Daunting “To-Do” List includes Many Issues Important to Real Estate; Multiple Policy “Cliffs” Collide with Iran Nuclear Deal, Papal and Chinese Visits, U.S. Presidential Campaigning
    • LABOR POLICY
      NLRB’s Controversial “Joint Employer” Ruling Reverberates Across U.S. Business Landscape — Prompting Grass-Roots Coalition Action, House and Senate Bills
    • REAL ESTATE & U.S. INVESTMENT
      With EB-5 Expiring Soon, Roundtable Continues to Urge Timely Congressional Action — while Calling on Real Estate to Let its Voice be Heard by U.S. Officials

    August 7, 2015
    • REAL ESTATE & U.S. ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
      Q3 Survey: Commercial Real Estate Conditions “Quite Good,” Although Industry Execs Remain Concerned About Interest Rates and Global Conflict — and See Growth Levelling Off
    • REAL ESTATE & U.S. INVESTMENT
      Roundtable and Coalition Partners Urge Congress to Act as EB-5 Program Expiration Looms; Roundtable Members Should Contact Lawmakers via New Online Platform
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      Senate Delays Action on Cyber Bill Until September, Although Crowded Calendar, Multiple Policy “Cliffs” Could Keep “CISA” in Limbo Longer; Real Estate Letter Cites “Clear and Present Danger” to Commercial Facilities Sector
    • ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY
      Obama Administration Unveils Sweeping Climate Change Plan, Moves to Implement New “Tenant Star” Law; Senate Committee Endorses Efficiency Legislation With Wide Bipartisan Support

    July 31, 2015
    • TAX & BUDGET POLICY
      Congress Approves Three-Month Infrastructure Funding “Patch,” Buying Time for Bigger Potential Deal Involving International Tax Reform, “Extenders”; New Highway Funding “Cliff” Likely to Coincide with Debt Ceiling Talks
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Basel III “HVCRE” Language Could Create a “Vicious Cycle” of Reduced CRE Lending, Pressure on Property Values, Roundtable Warns in Letter to Regulators
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      40+ Business Groups Urge Senate Action on Cyber Security Bill as McConnell Hints at Possible Floor Action Next Week; Chinese Hackers Suspected in OPM, Anthem Breaches Hit United Airlines

    July 24, 2015
    • PARTNERSHIP TAXATION
      In Aftermath of Failed Vote in U.S. Senate, Treasury Moves Forward with Major Changes to Carried Interest Rules
    • TAX POLICY
      Bipartisan Appeal for FIRPTA Reform Made During Senate Finance Markup of Tax “Extenders” Legislation; Committee-Passed Bill Includes 15-Year Leasehold Improvement, 179D Energy Efficiency Provisions; Fate of Highway Bill Uncertain as Consensus Grows Around International Tax Reform
    • INFRASTRUCTURE & U.S. ECONOMY
      Senate Begins Debate on Six-Year Highway Bill as House Leaders Hold Firm on Their Five-Month HTF “Patch”; Uncertainty Over Funding Already Jeopardizing State Infrastructure Projects and Associated Construction Jobs
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Fed Comments About CRE Values Prompt Debate Over “Bubble”; Fed Finalizes Two Bank Capital Rules; Shelby’s Dodd-Frank Reforms Added to Senate Appropriations Bill

    July 17, 2015
    • TAX POLICY
      Highway Trust Fund “Patch” Would Extend Infrastructure Funding into December; Final Agreement Could Include Tax “Extenders”
    • PARTNERSHIP TAX AUDIT REFORM & "TEFRA" RULES
      New Legislation Would Tighten Tax Enforcement of Real Estate Partnerships; Roundtable Urges Congress to Tread Carefully and Consider Potential Alternatives
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      House Committee Hearings Focus on Dodd-Frank’s Adverse Effects, as Law Approaches Fifth Anniversary; Bipartisan Group of Senators Seeks Dodd-Frank “Fix-It” Compromise
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT & U.S. ECONOMY
      Reps. Amodei, Polis Seek to Build Bipartisan Momentum for Pro-Growth “EB-5” Reauthorization Bill, Highlighting Recent Resolution by U.S. Conference of Mayors

    July 10, 2015
    • TAX POLICY
      New Report Quantifies Vast Economic Benefits of “Like-Kind” (Section 1031) Exchanges; Schumer, Portman Call for FIRPTA Reform in Senate Report on International
    • LABOR POLICY
      Legislation to Block Funding for NLRB’s Expanded “Joint Employer” Standard Clears Key Congressional Committees
    • LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION POLICY
      House Lawmakers Seek Cost-Benefit Analysis of FAA “One-Engine Inoperative” Proposal, Which Could Affect Roughly 4,000 Existing Buildings and Planned Developments in 48 States

    June 26, 2015
    • U.S. TRADE & ECONOMIC POLICY
      Congress Approves “Fast-Track” Trade Negotiating Authority — Critical to Obama’s Pacific-Rim Trade Partnership; Deal has Important Implications for Global Economy, Cross-Border Capital Flows
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT & U.S. ECONOMY
      Economic Study: EB-5 Investment Visa Program 500% More Effective in Spurring U.S. Jobs than 2009 “Stimulus Bill” — At No Cost to Tax Payers
    • SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
      Roundtable, Allies Urge Course Correction for Imminent Sustainability “Investor Reporting” Standards Directed at Real Estate Companies

    June 19, 2015
    • U.S. TRADE & ECONOMIC POLICY
      House Again Votes for “Fast-Track” Trade Negotiating Authority; “TPA” Would Help Obama Finalize Pacific-Rim Trade Deal With Important Implications for Cross-Border Capital Flows
    • TAX POLICY
      New House Internet Sales Tax Bill Welcomed by ICSC, NRF; Roundtable-Led Coalition Urges FIRPTA Reform as U.S. Tax-Writers Explore Long-Term Infrastructure Funding Ideas
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Moderate Pace of Economic Recovery Points to Likelihood of Interest Rate Hike in 2015, Although Key Fed Officials Remain Concerned about Labor-Market “Slack,” Below-Target Inflation

    June 12, 2015
    • U.S. TRADE & ECONOMIC POLICY
      Fate of Trade Agreements Uncertain as House Votes for Trade Promotion Authority, but Rejects Assistance for Displaced Workers; Leaders Look for a Path Forward
    • TAX POLICY
      Rep. Chaffetz Poised to Unveil Internet Sales Tax Bill in the House, Potentially Jumpstarting Action on Stalled Issue

    June 5, 2015
    • 2015 ANNUAL MEETING
      William C. Rudin Elected to Lead The Real Estate Roundtable; Industry Execs Engage Policymakers on Key Federal Issues — from Interest Rates, Infrastructure and Immigration to Taxes, Regulatory Environment, U.S. Competitiveness
    • IMMIGRATION, INVESTMENT & JOBS
      New Senate Bill Would Reform and Extend EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” Visa Program for Five Years; Separate House Bill Offers Permanent Reauthorization

    May 29, 2015
    • REAL ESTATE & U.S. ECONOMIC POLICY
      Roundtable Survey: CRE Executives Confirm Strong Recovery, But Cautious About Growth Prospects; Roundtable to Meet with Former Fed Bank Official Next Week
    • ENVIRONMENTAL & LAND USE POLICY
      EPA Unveils Sweeping, Controversial Water Protection Rules; Full Extent of Federal Impact on Private Property Unclear

    May 22, 2015
    • TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE & TAX POLICY
      Congress on Track to Approve Two-Month Highway Funding “Patch” — Setting up New “Cliff” before August Recess; Ryan Pursuing Piecemeal Tax Reforms as “Down Payment” for Broader Reforms in 2017
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      White House Quietly Urges Private Sector to Beef up Infrastructure, “Soft Target” Security; Senate Embroiled in Debate Over NSA Surveillance, as CareFirst Deals with Newly Discovered Cyber Breach

    May 15, 2015
    • TAX POLICY
      Key Congressional Staff Highlight Challenges Facing Partnership Reform, Carried Interest Legislation; Lawmakers Continue to Search for Infrastructure Revenue as May 31 Deadline Looms
    • HOMELAND SECURITY POLICY
      Senate Cyber Bill in Limbo as Talks Continue over Privacy Issues, Certain Patriot Act Components
    • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
      Senate Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony on New Bipartisan Bill to Curb Abusive Patent “Trolls”

    May 8, 2015
    • TAX POLICY, INFRASTRUCTURE & INVESTMENT
      Congressional Tax-Writers Struggle to Find Revenue for Highway/Infrastructure Fund before May 31, Pore Over 1400-Plus Stakeholder Comment Letters about Tax Restructuring
    • LAND USE POLICY
      House Appropriations Bill Advances With Roundtable-Backed Language Regarding FAA “One-Engine Inoperative” Proposal
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Bills Pending in Both Chambers to Address EPA’s WOTUS Proposal

    May 1, 2015
    • TAX POLICY, JOBS & INVESTMENT
      Newly Reintroduced House FIRPTA Reform Bill Would Attract Billions in Foreign Capital for U.S. Real Estate, Infrastructure Projects
    • SUSTAINABILITY POLICY, JOBS & INNOVATION
      Roundtable Applauds “Tenant Star” Enactment; Congress Continues Focus on Energy Efficiency Issues Important to Real Estate
    • IN MEMORIAM
      Longtime Roundtable Member Pat Goldstein — Pioneer Among Women In Commercial Real Estate

    April 24, 2015
    • SPRING 2015 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      Roundtable Members Engage Senate Leader McConnell, Other Guests on Array of Policy Issues Facing Real Estate and the Nation; “Tenant Star” Bill on its Way to the White House
    • JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH & IMMIGRATION
      Congressional Staff Briefed on Bipartisan, Real Estate-Backed Legislation to Reform, Reauthorize EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” Program
    • HOMELAND SECURITY POLICY
      House Votes to Shield Businesses from Legal Action Relating to Voluntary Cyber Information-Sharing; Real Estate Organizations Express Support for Cyber Info-Sharing Bills in House, Senate
    • IN MEMORIAM
      A. Alfred Taubman: Real Estate Visionary who “Rearranged How People Shop”; Patron of the Arts and Medical Research; Founding Member of National Realty Committee

    April 17, 2015
    • TAX POLICY
      Real Estate Industry Offers Senate Tax-Writers Unified Viewpoint on Ways to Advance Pro-Growth Tax Reform
    • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY / PATENT POLICY
      Real Estate Industry Urges Congress to Curb Abusive Legal Claims by “Patent Trolls”
    • HOMELAND & ECONOMIC SECURITY
      Roundtable, Real Estate Trade Groups Urge Senate Floor Vote on Cyber Information-Sharing Bill (CISA); House to Mark “Cybersecurity Week” With Votes on Cyber-Protection Bills

    April 10, 2015
    • LABOR POLICY
      Obama Veto Enables “Ambush Elections” Rule to Take Effect; NLRB Weighing Changes to “Joint Employer” Standard Affecting Franchisors, Businesses With Outsourced Labor
    • TAX POLICY
      Proposals to Tax Consumption — vs. Income — Gain Ground on Capitol Hill

    April 2, 2015
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      Schumer Well Positioned to Succeed Reid as Top Senate Democrat in 2017; Republicans Cite Schumer’s Ability to Forge Compromises, “Get Things Done”
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Fed Increases Scrutiny of Shadow Banking Sector; Feldstein Urges Faster Interest Rate “Normalization”
    • INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY
      White House Proposes 14% Tax on Overseas Corporate Cash to Fund Six-Year, $478 Billion Transportation Infrastructure Bill; 61,000 U.S. Bridges Deemed Structurally Deficient

    March 27, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Congress on Track to Produce First Full Budget in Six Years; Ways & Means Votes to End “Death Tax”; E&Y Study Quantifies Economic Harm from Proposed Repeal of Like-Kind (1031) Exchanges
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Key Victory for Real Estate as Senate Approves “Tenant Star” Bill to Foster Energy Efficiency in Leased Commercial Spaces; Prospects in the House After April Recess Encouraging
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Fed Vice Chair: Interest Rates Likely to Rise this Year After Further Labor Market Strengthening — But Don’t Expect Steady Upward Path; Real Estate Groups Submit Feedback on Basel III Risk-Weight Proposals

    March 20, 2015
    • TAX POLICY
      Former Treasury Assistant Secretary Testifies that FIRPTA Distorts Investment Decisions; States Begin Canceling Infrastructure Projects as Highway Funding “Cliff” Looms in Congress
    • JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH & IMMIGRATION
      House Lawmakers Maintain Pressure for Cost-Benefit Analysis on FAA “One Engine Inoperative” Rules; Real Estate and Other Stakeholders Praise EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” Reform Bill
    • U.S. ECONOMY & MONETARY POLICY
      FOMC Opens the Door to Interest Rate Increase Later this Year, While Noting Continued Labor-Market Slack and the Need for Data-Based Decisions

    March 13, 2015
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      Marketplace Fairness Act Reintroduced in the Senate; Top Justice’s Comments Could Help Spur Congressional Action
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable, Coalition Partners Urge Preservation of Like-Kind (Section 1031) Exchanges as Part of any Potential Tax Restructuring; Finance Committee Explores Tax Simplification
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Non-Profit Groups Seek Repeal of 2002 Due-Diligence Requirements Relating to Foreign Buyers of U.S. Real Estate
    • REAL ESTATE & U.S. ECONOMY
      Apartment Rental Boom Fuels Jobs, Economic Growth, Consumer Spending, NMHC/NAA Survey Says; All Eyes on the Fed as it Prepares to Meet Next Week

    March 6, 2015
    • LAND USE AND ENERGY POLICY
      New Federal Actions to Affect Real Estate Development and Operations; Reach of Agency Policies Range from Land Use Near Airports to Energy Consumption in Buildings
    • TAX POLICY
      Rubio Tax Reform Plan Moves Toward Cash-Flow Business Taxation, Eliminates Deductibility of Business Interest; Senate Finance Committee Democrats Target, Criticize Tax Abuses in Financial Industry
    • Homeland Security & Budget
      Near-Shutdown of DHS Averted As Funding Approved Through September, Foreshadowing Debt Ceiling Fight in the Fall

    February 27, 2015
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      U.S. Malls Step up Security After Terrorist Video Threat, Although Many Measures are Ongoing, Not Visible to the Public; DHS Funding to Expire at Midnight as Battle Continues Over Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE MARKETS
      Fed Chair Yellen Offers Upbeat Economic Assessment, While Seeking to Reassure Markets and Maximize Fed Flexibility on Interest Rate “Normalization”
    • TAX POLICY
      Op-Ed Warns Against President’s Proposal to Limit “Like-Kind” (Section 1031) Exchanges; Senate Tax-Writers Continue Hearings on Tax Restructuring

    February 20, 2015
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE MARKETS
      Q1 Sentiment Survey: Commercial Real Estate Conditions Strong, Yet Outlook Softens Amid Array of Risks; Fed Policymakers in No Hurry to Raise Interest Rates, Minutes Show
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Key House Tax-Writer, Obama Administration View Tax Reform as Means of Funding Infrastructure Repair; Roundtable Continues to Urge FIRPTA Reform as Part of the Solution

    February 13, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Roundtable-Backed FIRPTA Reform Bill Approved Unanimously by Senate Finance Committee; Tax Credit for On-Site Energy Generation also Advances
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      As Veto Looms Over Keystone, Roundtable-Backed “Tenant Star” Bill Re-Introduced in U.S. House; Appraisers Have New Tool for Assessing Buildings’ “Sustainability” Features
    • HOMELAND / CYBER SECURITY
      Obama Emphasizes Public-Private Cooperation in Combating Escalating Cyber Threat; Administrative, Legislative Efforts Underway to Provide Limited Liability to Firms Sharing Info With U.S. Government

    February 6, 2015
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      President’s Budget Plan a Mixed Bag for Real Estate; Includes Increased Funding for Financial, Tax Regulators; White House to Block Attempts at Rolling Back Dodd-Frank
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      House-Senate Hearing Scrutinizes EPA “Waters of the United States” Proposal; House to Vote Next Week on Senate Keystone Bill — with Roundtable-Backed “Tenant Star” Language
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      Anthem/BCBS Data Breach Thrusts Cyber Security onto Front Burner in Washington With Congressional Hearings, White House National Security Strategy, Obama Preparations for Executive Action on Cyber Info-Sharing Next Week

    January 30, 2015
    • 2015 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY MEETING
      U.S. Policymakers, Real Estate Leaders Discuss National Policy Challenges, Potential Solutions — on Issues Such as Energy, Infrastructure, Tax, Homeland Security; Meeting Participants Cite Geopolitical, Global Economic, Cyber Risks
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Challenges IRS Ruling on Private REITs’ Ability to Use Two Different Classes of Shares

    January 23, 2015
    • 2015 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
      From Energy, Immigration and Infrastructure to “Robin Hood-Style” Tax Proposal, President Obama’s Speech Touches on Many Policy Issues Important to U.S. Real Estate
    • SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
      Roundtable-Backed “Tenant Star” Legislation Overwhelmingly Passes Senate as Amendment to Keystone Pipeline Bill; Obama Threatens Veto of Broader Bill

    January 16, 2015
    • TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE
      Six-Year TRIA Renewal Becomes Law After President’s Signature and Overwhelming Bipartisan Passage by House and Senate
    • TAX POLICY
      Tax-Writing Committees Get Back to Work with New Push, Ambitious Timetable for Tax Reform; House Lawmakers Reopen Online Sales Tax Debate
    • IMMIGRATION, HOMELAND, AND CYBER SECURITY POLICY
      House Passes Bill to Fund Homeland Security Agency, Stirring Debate Over White House Immigration Orders; President Issues New Cyber Security Proposals to Combat “Hacktivists,” Signaling Key Issue for Next Week’s State of the Union Address

    January 9, 2015
    • LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK
      The 114th Congress Convenes and Gets Down to Work on TRIA, Keystone; Critical Matters for Real Estate on Capitol Hill’s 2015 Agenda Include Tax, Energy, Homeland Security, and Immigration Policy
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Over 1 Million Businesses Breathe a Sigh of Relief as Congress Votes to Reinstate, Extend TRIA; Roundtable Applauds Lawmakers’ Swift, Decisive Action; Obama’s Signature Expected Soon
    • Capital and Credit
      CREFC Survey: Search for Yield Will Drive Strong 2015 Commercial Real Estate Finance Market; New CMBS Issuance Expected to Significantly Exceed 2014 Volume

    December 19, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Commercial Real Estate Vows Renewed Push on TRIA in January, after 11th Hour Senate Setback over Unrelated Provision; House, Senate GOP Leaders Pledge Action Early Next Year
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Tax “Extenders” Bill Enacted With Real Estate-Backed Provisions, but Key Benefits Will Lapse Again on Jan. 1st; Coalition Letter Urges President Obama to Drop “Like-Kind Exchange” Proposal
    • ENERGY POLICY
      “Tenant Star” Comes Close in Senate, But Ultimately Comes Back to Fight Another Day Next Congress

    December 12, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      TRIA Clears House by Nearly Unanimous Vote; Hangs in the Balance in the Senate; Roundtable Welcomes Plan to Keep Senate in Session, Urges Members to Make Final Push for Passage
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Senate Rushes to Adjourn, But Still Faces Votes on Government Funding Measure, Tax “Extenders,” TRIA Extension; Modified Energy Efficiency Bill with “Tenant Star” Also Pending

    December 5, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Multi-Year TRIA Deal Coming Together, Expected to be Voted on Next Week; Apparent Breakthrough Follows Appeal to Leadership from 45 House Republicans, Floor Colloquy by Rep. Maloney
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      House Tax “Extenders” Bill Includes Real Estate-Backed Leasehold Improvement, Energy Efficiency Provisions; Senate Increasingly Likely to Pass House Measure After Collapse of Talks on Larger Compromise
    • Energy & Environmental Policy
      Roundtable Comment Letter Regarding EPA Climate Change Proposal Emphasizes Incentives, Voluntary Mechanisms for Prompting Job-Creating Energy “Retrofits” of Existing Buildings

    November 21, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      U.S. Policymakers, Economic Experts, Business Leaders Rally for Long-Term TRIA Extension; Encouraging Talks Between Schumer, Hensarling
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Coalition Urges 15-Year Depreciation for Leasehold, Restaurant, Retail Improvements in any Tax “Extenders” Bill; Incoming Ways & Means Chair Unveils Broad Agenda for 2015
    • IN MEMORIAM
      Global Logistic Properties Co-Founder, Former Roundtable Board Member Jeff Schwartz Remembered as a Leader in Sustainable Industrial Real Estate Development

    November 14, 2014
    • LAME DUCK 2014
      As Lame-Duck Begins, Roundtable Urges Final Congressional Action on TRIA, FIRPTA, Internet Sales Tax Bills to “Kick Start” Economic Growth
    • TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
      With “Low-Hanging” Fruit Mostly Picked, Long-Term U.S. Transportation Funding Likely to Remain Elusive; Roundtable Continues to Offer FIRPTA, EB-5 Reforms as Potential Solutions

    November 7, 2014
    • ELECTIONS 2014
      As Magnitude of GOP “Wave” Sinks In, Party Leaders Plot Strategies for “Lame-Duck,” New Congress; Action Expected on TRIA, Tax “Extenders,” Other Issues Important to Commercial Real Estate

    October 24, 2014
    • TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE
      As Canada Recoils from Apparent Terror Attacks, U.S. in Limbo on Expiring Terrorism Risk Insurance Act; Roundtable Members Still Urged to “Tweet, Call or Write” Elected Officials
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Final “Risk Retention” Rules Much Improved Over Earlier Versions — But Still Expected to Raise CMBS Costs, Limit Credit Capacity

    October 17, 2014
    • U.S. ECONOMIC & PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY
      Roundtable’s Homeland Security Task Force Works with DHS, CDC, PBS as it Explores Implications of Deepening Ebola Crisis, Potential Guidance for Owners
    • IMMIGRATION & JOB CREATION
      EB-5 Program Flaws Alleged in South Dakota Senate Race Would be Addressed by Pending Reform Bill Supported by Real Estate, Other Stakeholders

    October 10, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Leading House Republican Optimistic About Lame-Duck Action on TRIA; Roundtable, CIAT Continue to Urge Long-Term Reauthorization to Provide Maximum Certainty to Markets, Economy
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE
      Fed Not in a Hurry to Raise Interest Rates; IMF’s Lagarde Warns of “New Mediocre” in Economic Conditions; Retooling of U.S. Manufacturing Sector Underway
    • ROUNDTABLE COMMUNICATIONS
      2014 Annual Report One of 8,000 Entries Recognized for Design, Communications Excellence

    October 3, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      As TRIA Sunset Looms, Roundtable Chairman-Elect Urges House to Act
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE
      Labor Dept's Better-Than-Expected Job Growth, Unemployment Numbers Put a Positive Ending to a Week of Mixed Economic Indicators
    • HOMELAND/ CYBER SECURITY
      As Cyber Security Month Begins, JP Morgan, Essex Property Trust Reveal Breaches; Electric Grid’s Vulnerability an Ongoing Concern for Real Estate

    September 26, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      With TRIA Renewal Hinging on the Post-Election “Lame Duck,” Roundtable Continues to Urge Grassroots Outreach to House Lawmakers; Market Capacity Already Shrinking
    • ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY POLICY
      Obama, World Leaders Express New Urgency on Climate Change at UN Summit; NYC Seeks 80 Percent Emissions Cut by 2050 — by Pushing Energy Efficiency in Public, Private Buildings
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      CMBS Market Regains Strength, Yet Concerns Remain About Underwriting Standards, Upcoming Debt Maturities, Regulatory Developments Including New Fed LCR Rule

    September 19, 2014
    • FALL 2014 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      Economic, Security, Foreign Policy Risks Discussed at Roundtable Gathering in Washington; Real Estate Urged to Maintain Pressure on TRIA, Other Priority Issues; Rudin Announced as Roundtable’s New Chairman-Elect
    • LAND USE & CONDO DEVELOPMENT
      Senate Passes Bill to Restore Confidence in Condo Construction; Measure Follows House Action and Heads to President’s Desk

    September 12, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Multi-Industry Business Coalition Urges House Action on TRIA as Obama Vows to Destroy ISIS
    • TAX POLICY
      As “Corporate Inversions” Debate Heats Up, Potential Risks for Commercial Real Estate Emerge; Roundtable Works with Senate Leaders to Prevent New Limits on Foreign Real Estate Investment
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT POLICY
      EPA/ Fannie Mae Tout New ENERGY STAR Rating Program for Multifamily; House Votes to Block EPA on Controversial “Waters of the United States” Proposal

    September 5, 2014
    • FALL 2014 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
      Lawmakers Poised for 12-Day Legislative Sprint Ahead of High-Stakes Fall Elections; Many Issues Likely to be Pushed to Anticipated “Lame Duck” Session

    August 8, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / TERRORISM INSURANCE
      With Time Running Out for TRIA Renewal and House TRIA Bill in Limbo, Roundtable and CIAT Press for Grassroots Action; Members Urged to Contact House Lawmakers Now
    • REAL ESTATE MARKETS & U.S. ECONOMY
      Q3 Roundtable Survey: Despite Generally Stronger CRE Market Conditions, TRIA and Interest Rates Loom as “Wild Cards”; Fed Survey Shows Mixed Picture on CRE Loan
    • ENVIRONMENT & LAND USE
      Real Estate Groups Comment on EPA’s Controversial “Waters of the United States” Proposal; Clarity Needed on Interplay Between Municipal Stormwater Program and “WOTUS” Coverage

    August 1, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / TERRORISM INSURANCE
      House Lawmakers Poised to Begin Month-Long Recess Without Resolving TRIA Dilemma; Not Enough Votes to Pass Hensarling’s Bill
    • TAX POLICY
      Anticipated Treasury Guidance on “Fractions Rule” Would Facilitate Pension Fund and Other Tax-Exempt Investment in Commercial Real Estate
    • INFRASTRUCTURE & TAX POLICY
      “Highway Cliff” Averted as Senate Passes House Funding “Patch,” Sends Bill to Obama for Signature; Debate on Long-Term Infrastructure Funding Now Pushed to May 2015

    July 25, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / TERRORISM INSURANCE
      With Time Running Out on Expiring Terrorism Insurance Law, 117 CEOs Urge House to Act; Metro-Area GOP Lawmakers Said to Oppose Hensarling’s Effort to Scale Back TRIA
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Advocates Combining Internet Sales Tax Legislation with Bill Extending Ban on Internet Access Taxes; Long-Term Resolution Unlikely Before Election
    • LAND USE, ENVIRONMENT AND AVIATION POLICY
      Real Estate Coalition, U.S. Chamber Warn of Economic, Environmental, Constitutional Ramifications of FAA Proposal Governing Navigable Airspace
    • INFRASTRUCTURE & TAX POLICY
      Senate to Vote Next Week on House Infrastructure Funding Bill; Some States Already Shelving Bigger Projects Due to Uncertainty Over Congressional Action

    July 18, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT /TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Seven-Year TRIA Reauthorization; House Outlook Unclear After Hensarling Comments
    • INFRASTRUCTURE & TAX POLICY
      House Transportation Funding Bill Heads to the Senate; Obama Seeks to Use Executive Authority to Boost Private Investment in Public Infrastructure Projects
    • TAX POLICY
      House Action on Internet Access Tax Bill Raises Hopes for Internet Sales Tax Legislation Supported by Real Estate, Retailers, White House

    July 11, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Senate Poised to Vote on TRIA Reauthorization Next Week; Roundtable Meets with Key Lawmakers and Stakeholders to Discuss Potential House Action
    • INFRASTRUCTURE & TAX POLICY
      House, Senate Tax-Writers Take Steps to Avert Disruption of Federal Infrastructure Funds and Associated Construction Slowdown
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      EPA Framework for Determining Potential Lead Paint Hazards in Commercial Buildings Appears to Skip Congressional Directives, Relies on Questionable Methodology

    June 27, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Roundtable, CIAT Continue to Make the Case for Swift Action on TRIA; CBO Scores Senate TRIA Bill as Having “Less than Zero” Long-Term Cost
    • TAX & INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY
      Senate Tax-Writers Open Debate on Highway Trust Fund Extension, FIRPTA Amendment; Roundtable’s DeBoer Links FIRPTA, Jobs, Infrastructure Repair at Senate Democratic Forum
    • 2014 ANNUAL MEETING SUMMARY
      Real Estate Roundtable Marks 15th Anniversary at Annual Meeting
    • TAX POLICY
      Talks Underway in Congress to Link Internet Sales Tax, Internet Tax Moratorium Bills

    June 20, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Five-Year TRIA Bill Clears House Financial Services Committee; Roundtable and CIAT Welcome Increased Momentum on this Urgent Issue, Highlight Importance to U.S. Economy

    June 13, 2014
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      Cantor’s Stunning Primary Upset Reflects Internal GOP Divisions; McCarthy Consolidates Support for No. 2 Post, But Likely to Face Pressure from Conservatives
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ TERRORISM INSURANCE
      New House TRIA Discussion Draft Calls for Five-Year Program Renewal — With Changes Aimed at Reducing Taxpayer Exposure; TRIA to be Key Topic at Roundtable Annual Meeting Next Week
    • TAX POLICY
      House Passes Standalone Tax “Extenders” Bills Important to Real Estate; FIRPTA Could Help Break Stalemate Over Highway Reauthorization, Roundtable Says in Roll Call Op-Ed
    • ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & LAND USE
      Roundtable, Coalition Partners to Weigh in on Four Regulatory Issues With Significant Implications for Property Ownership, Development

    June 6, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Senate Panel Votes Unanimously for 7-Year TRIA Extension; House Bill Expected Next Week

    May 30, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Senate Banking to Consider TRIA Bill Next Week; House Committee Preparing to Act; Real Estate Industry Urged to Continue Contacting Policymakers
    • INFRASTRUCTURE & U.S. ECONOMY
      Ailing Infrastructure Threatens U.S. Travel Industry, Economy, Longer-Term Competitiveness, Survey Finds; Roundtable Urges FIRPTA Reform as Part of 2014 Highway Reauthorization

    May 23, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ IMMIGRATION POLICY
      Business, Immigration Groups Laud House EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” Bill as Roundtable Joins New Coalition; White House Ramps Up Efforts to Attract Foreign Investment to U.S.
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Neugebauer Plans to “Refine” House TRIA Proposal; Senate Banking Markup Expected in Early June

    May 16, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ TERRORISM INSURANCE
      As the Clock Continues to Run Down Toward TRIA’s Expiration — and Congress Operates on a Tight, Election-Year Schedule — Policyholders Urged to Make Their Views Known to U.S. Officials
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
      Senate Energy Efficiency Bill Stalls Amid Dispute Over Amendments; 6-Year Highway-Transportation Reauthorization Clears Environment Panel
    • TAX POLICY
      Tax “Extenders” Bill Blocked Over Amendments Dispute; White House Touts “Loophole Closers” as Funding Mechanism; Wyden to Hold Hearings on Tax Code Restructuring
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      GSE Reform Bill Clears Senate Committee, But Appears Doomed for Remainder of 2014

    May 9, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Draft GOP Plan to Restructure TRIA Unveiled; Proposal Would Extend the Law for Three Years, While Separating “Conventional,” NBCR Risks
    • ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
      “Shaheen-Portman” in Limbo as Reid, Republicans Clash Over Amendments; Roundtable Urges Swift Action on “Triple-Win” Energy Efficiency Bill; Encouraging News on Highway Bill, FIRPTA
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE
      Q2 Sentiment Survey Remains Flat Amid Ongoing Policy Uncertainty, Increased Geopolitical Risk; Yellen Concerned about “Flattening Out” in Housing Markets

    May 2, 2014
    • SPRING 2014 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      Policy Issues and Politics Dominate Spring Gathering of The Real Estate Roundtable
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Urges IRS and Treasury to Withdraw Proposed Rules that Would Impose New Tax Burdens on Real Estate Partnerships
    • REAL ESTATE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
      Real Estate Coalition Urges Senate Action to Curb “Patent Trolls”; Economic Cost of Spurious Intellectual Property Lawsuits Reaches $80 Billion in 2012

    April 25, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Marsh, S&P Reports Further Bolster the Case for Swift Renewal of TRIA/TRIPRA; Roundtable Board Member Participates in Capitol Hill Forum on Terrorism Insurance
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Senate Panel to Markup GSE Reform on Tuesday; Johnson-Crapo Bill Would Overhaul U.S. Mortgage Finance, Wind Down Fannie, Freddie
    • ENERGY POLICY
      EPA Report Profiles Roundtable Members Teaming Up with Tenants to Improve Energy Efficiency; Case Studies Pave the Way for Senate Action on Shaheen-Portman, “Tenant Star”

    April 18, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / TERRORISM INSURANCE
      New TRIA Reports from President’s Working Group, Insurance Broker Marsh; Smaller Firms Boost Terrorism Coverage in the Wake of Boston Bombings; Cities Fret About Future Ability to Manage Terrorism Risk
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / U.S. ECONOMY
      Yellen Reassures Markets With “Dovish” Interest Rate Stance, Amid Ongoing Labor Market Weakness, Low Inflation; Greenspan, White House Economist to Address Roundtable Meeting

    April 11, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / HOMELAND SECURITY
      TRIA Roundup: Bipartisan Senate Bill Unveiled; RAND Study Confirms TRIA’s Taxpayer Protections; Roundtable Launches Grass-Roots Effort, Urging Members to Press U.S. Officials for Swift Action
    • TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE
      Bipartisan Framework for Transportation and Infrastructure Bill Announced in Senate; Six-Year Timeframe in Line With Real Estate’s Long-Term Planning Needs

    April 4, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / HOMELAND SECURITY
      U.S. Business Coalition Urges Swift TRIA Extension as Concerns Grow Over Potential Economic Fallout, Including Challenges Surrounding Workers Compensation Coverage
    • TAX POLICY
      Senate Finance Panel Clears Tax “Extenders” With Key Real Estate Provisions; Bipartisan Colloquy Focuses on FIRPTA Reform to Spur Jobs, Investment

    March 28, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / HOMELAND SECURITY
      Standard & Poors: Potential TRIA Reforms Could Trigger Ratings Downgrades for Smaller Insurers, Limit Availability of Indirect Terrorism Coverage
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      With Midterm Elections in Mind, Republicans, Democrats Pursue Vastly Different Approaches on Budget; Murray’s EITC Initiative Could Spell More Income “Redistribution” Efforts
    • ELECTIONS 2014
      GOP Odds of Winning Back Senate Keep Getting Better, Says Political Forecaster Charlie Cook; Cook and Greenspan on the Program for Roundtable’s Spring Meeting

    March 21, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/ TERRORISM INSURANCE
      TRIA Protects Our Economy, Businesses from Attacks Aimed at U.S. Government, say Panelists at Richmond University Forum
    • TAX POLICY
      Senate Finance to Vote Soon on “Extenders” — Potentially Including Provisions Important to Real Estate; Debate Continues Over Camp’s Tax Rewrite Bill, Including Treatment of Carried Interest
    • ENVIRONMENT & LAND USE POLICY
      EPA Shelves Plan to Impose Federal Stormwater Runoff Rules on Developed Sites — Opting to Assist Cities and Towns to Address Runoff Issues Themselves
    • U.S. ECONOMIC & MONETARY POLICY
      Fed Continues QE3 “Taper,” Scraps Numeric Threshold on Interest Rate Decision in Favor of More Qualitative Factors

    March 14, 2014
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Boehner Lists TRIA Extension as Key House Priority in Coming Months; Universities Weigh in on Terrorism Insurance Debate
    • GSE REFORM
      Senate Banking Leaders Unveil Bipartisan GSE Reform Framework Based on “Corker-Warner” Proposal
    • TAX POLICY
      House Lawmakers Discuss Internet Sales Tax Collection; Budget-Writers Ponder How to Address Camp’s Tax Reform Plan; 2nd Installment of GlobeSt. Interview with DeBoer
    • LAND USE AND IMMIGRATION POLICY
      Senate House Bills Will Restore Confidence in Condo Construction, Attract Foreign Investment Capital to Support U.S. Development Projects Issues

    March 7, 2014
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Roundtable-Backed “Tenant Star” Legislation Overwhelmingly Passes U.S. House of Representatives
    • TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE
      RAND Study Shows Importance of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) to Economic Security; Roundtable and CIAT Urge Congress to Renew Legislation As Soon as Possible
    • TAX & BUDGET POLICY
      President Releases $3.9 Trillion Budget; Roundtable Weighs In on House Tax Reform Plan

    February 28, 2014
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Real Estate and Insurers Urge Swift Senate Action on Expiring Terrorism Insurance Law; Hearing Reveals Strong Bipartisan Support for TRIA’s Reauthorization
    • TAX POLICY
      Camp Unveils Comprehensive Tax Reform Plan — Proposes Vast Changes for Real Estate and All Spheres of U.S. Economic Activity
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Renewed Energy Efficiency Bill Picks Up Bipartisan Co-Sponsors, Adds Roundtable-Priority “Tenant Star” Language

    February 21, 2014
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE
      Q1 Roundtable Survey: Industry Confidence Up Modestly, Yet Policy “Headwinds” Remain — Including TRIA Expiration, Slow-Growth Tax Reform, Conditions Surrounding Future Interest Hikes
    • Tax Policy
      Camp Seeks to Revive Tax Code Restructuring Efforts With Legislative Draft Next Week

    February 14, 2014
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE
      Monetary Policy, Hidden Problems in U.S. Labor Markets, Volcker Rule Discussed at Yellen’s First Congressional Hearing; Key House Lawmaker Sets March 4 Hearing on Internet Sales Tax Issues
    • ENVIRONMENT AND LAND USE
      Real Estate Groups Band Together to Reduce Federal Regulatory Burdens on Building Renovations, Condominium Construction

    February 7, 2014
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      Urban Employers Finding Workers Comp Gaps as Insurers Prepare for TRIA’s Potential Expiration; Cyber-Security Bill Advances in House as Reid Downplays Prospects in Senate
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Debt Limit to be Reimposed Tomorrow, Yet No Deal in Sight on Legislation; Lew Again Urges Congress Not to Wait Until 11th Hour; Wyden Prepares to Take on Baucus’ Post at Finance

    January 31, 2014
    • ROUNDTABLE 2014 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY MEETING
      Eight U.S. Senators Join Roundtable’s Winter Gathering to Discuss Taxes, Terrorism Insurance, Energy, Other Issues of Importance to Commercial Real Estate

    January 17, 2014
    • TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE
      TRIA in Focus at Special Bipartisan Forum on Capitol Hill; Roundtable's Jeff DeBoer, Ed Walter Represent CIAT
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY, SECTION 179D
      Baucus Proposal Would Impose “Substantial and Radical Tax Increases on Real Estate,” Industry Coalition Warns in Formal Comment Letter; Extension of 179D Tax Deduction for Energy Efficient Buildings Urged by Broad-Based Coalition

    January 10, 2014
    • 2014 POLICY OUTLOOK
      Congress in High Gear to Avert Another Gov’t Shutdown; Many Pending Policy Issues have Vital Implications for U.S. Real Estate — Including Tax Reform, Immigration, Energy
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      Kirk, Heller Urge Senate Banking Leadership to Jump on TRIA Reauthorization This Month; Roundtable’s Joe Donovan Receives FBI Award for Homeland Security Efforts

    December 20, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Budget Deal Clears Senate with Bipartisan Support; Senate GOP Blocks Tax “Extenders”; Changing of the Guard at Finance as Baucus’ Name Comes up for China Ambassadorship
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Shaheen, Portman Call for Swift Action on Energy Efficiency Legislation in 2014; Baucus Addresses Energy Tax Issues in New “Options Paper” for Tax Restructuring
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      EPA Advances Efforts to Develop New Federal Regulations Impacting U.S. Real Estate Sector; Lead Paint, Wetlands Rules on the Horizon

    December 13, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      House Budget Deal Could Signal Truce in Partisan Budget Battles, Lessens Risk of Another Shutdown in January
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Regulators Finalize “Volcker Rule”; Real Estate, Coalition Partners Remain Concerned About Implications for Capital Formation, Risk Management

    December 6, 2013
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Impending “Volcker Rule” Will Impede Capital Formation, Risk Management; Business Coalition Calls for Draft Regs to be Scrapped, Re-Issued
    • TAX POLICY
      Camp Shelves Plans to Roll Out Tax Bill in 2013; Supreme Court Declines to Hear Internet Sales Tax Case, Putting Increased Onus on Congress to Act
    • ENERGY POLICY
      “Better Buildings Challenge” Re-Affirms Administration Commitment to Energy Efficiency by Recognizing Multifamily, Utility Partners; Providing Energy Data to Multi-Tenant Building Owners Included as Key Objective

    November 22, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Baucus Tax Proposals a “Mixed Bag” for Real Estate — Including Positive FIRPTA Changes, Negative Proposals on Depreciation, Like-Kind Exchanges, Energy Retrofit Deductibility
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      TRIA Panel Discussion Features Key Lawmakers, Academics, Insurers, Policyholders

    November 15, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Budget Conferees Show Little Progress as “Revenue Question” Persists; Timing Running Out for Tax Overhaul Legislation
    • MONETARY POLICY
      U.S. Economic Performance Still Sub-Par, in Need of Continued Fed Support, Yellen Says at Senate Hearing; Report Shows Banks Easing Commercial, Industrial Loan Standards
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / HOMELAND SECURITY
      House Lawmakers Examine Enhanced Private Role for Terror Risk; Witnesses Urge Careful Reforms to Protect Overall Availability of Coverage, Robust “Take-Up” Rates, Workers’ Comp

    November 8, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Targeted Tax Increases Eyed by Democrats in Budget Discussions
    • U.S. ECONOMY & COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
      Real Estate CEOs Worry About Protracted Washington Gridlock, Interest Rates, Roundtable Survey Shows; Unexpectedly Strong Jobs Data May Complicate Fed Decision-Making

    November 1, 2013
    • FALL 2013 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      U.S. Fiscal, Economic Challenges, TRIA, Insufficient Foreign Investment on the Minds of Real Estate Execs at Fall Roundtable Meeting; Budget Conferees Meet Formally
    • DODD-FRANK FINANCIAL REFORM
      Regulators’ Latest Risk-Retention Implementation Proposal Remains Flawed, Could Undermine CMBS Market Recovery

    October 31, 2013
    • TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE
      Growing Chorus of Public, Private-Sector Leaders Urge Congress to Act on TRIA During “Lame Duck”; Roundtable Members Invited to Join CIAT “Fly-In” Meetings on Nov. 19
    • U.S. ECONOMY & REAL ESTATE
      Fed Winds Down “QE3” Stimulus; Steady Improvement in CRE Markets Tempered by Concern Over TRIA, Policy Uncertainty, Interest Rates, Roundtable Survey Shows

    October 25, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Amid Low Expectations for Budget Conferees, Bipartisan Support for Sequestration Fix Emerges; Reid and Ryan Rule Out “Grand Bargain”
    • TAX POLICY / FIRPTA
      Stakeholders Continue Push for FIRPTA Reform to Spur Foreign Equity Investment in U.S. Real Estate
    • IMMIGRATION REFORM
      Obama Renews Call to Fix “Broken” Immigration System; House GOP to Block “Massive, Obamacare-Style Legislation”

    October 18, 2013
    • BUDGET CRISIS 2013
      Crisis Averted (for Now), Focus Turns to Bridging House-Senate Budget Plans, Assessing Economic Harm from Shutdown; Obama Sees Immigration as Still Doable this Year

    October 11, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      After “Constructive” White House Meeting, Plans to “Keep Talking”
    • MONETARY POLICY
      Obama Taps Yellen as Next Fed Chairman; Smooth Confirmation Process Expected Despite Anticipated Scrutiny of QE3, Other Fed Policies
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / GSE REFORM
      Senate Committee Examines Future of Multifamily Financing; FHFA Should Wait for Congress to Act, Avoid “Slicing Away” GSEs’ Value Without Long-Term Focus

    October 4, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      As Shutdown Continues and Economic Fears Grow, Boehner Pledges to Avert Default
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Small Businesses Largely Unaware of "Tsunami About to Hit Them" in the Form of FASB's Lease Accounting Proposal, Says House Lawmaker; FASB Chair Acknowledges Stakeholder Dissatisfaction With Latest Draft

    September 27, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      "Clean" Senate CR Faces Likely Changes by House GOP as Government Shutdown Looms; Business Coalition Urges Against Shutdown, Debt Default Amid "Underperforming" Economy
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Senate Committee Weighs TRIA’s Future as Kenyan Terrorist Seige Triggers Renewed Concern Over “Soft Targets”; DHS Releases Protective Measures Guide for U.S. Building Owners

    September 20, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Budget Endgame Unclear as Reid Likely to Strike Obamacare Defunding from House CR; GOP Seeks Debt Ceiling Concessions, Including Keystone, Tax Reform Provisions; Goodlatte Unveils Internet Sales Tax Principles; Federal Court Sides with Roundtable in CRE Bankruptcy Case
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Obamacare Impasse, Federal Budget Matters Cause Senate to Indefinitely Postpone Work on Energy Efficiency Bill; Roundtable Cited in Senate Floor Comments
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      TRIA Protects U.S. Economy, Taxpayers from Catastrophic Terrorism Losses, Witnesses Testify at House Hearing; CIAT, Roundtable Letters Urges Program’s Extension Beyond 2014

    September 13, 2013
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Senate Begins – then Stalls – Debate on Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill and Amendments, Including Roundtable-Backed “Tenant Star,” Lead-Paint Amendments
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Battle Over Obamacare Stalls Progress on Short-Term CR; GOP Presses for Budget “Reforms” as Part of Debt Ceiling Battle; Camp to “Step up the Pace” on Tax Reform
    • LEASE ACCOUNTING
      Coalition Letter to FASB/IASB Urges Further Changes to Flawed Lease Accounting Proposal

    September 6, 2013
    • FALL POLICY PREVIEW
      So Many Issues, So Little Time: U.S. Lawmakers’ Jam-Packed Fall Schedule Includes Numerous Issues of Interest to Commercial Real Estate
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / SECURITIZATION
      Regulators’ Revised Risk Retention Proposal Omits Controversial PCCRA Provision, Makes Other Changes Affecting Commercial Mortgage Securitization

    August 9, 2013
    • GSE REFORM
      Obama’s Principles for Mortgage Finance Reform Closely Track Warner-Corker Bill; Roundtable Supports 21st c. Approach that Ensures Sufficient Credit, Protects Taxpayers
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      Senate Committee Votes Unanimously for Industry-Backed Cyber Security Bill; Fitch Warns of Strong Market Impact if Congress Does Not Extend TRIA Beyond 2014

    August 2, 2013
    • U.S. ECONOMY & COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
      Roundtable’s Q3 Sentiment Survey Shows Commercial Real Estate Mending — But Vulnerable to Rising Interest Rates, Economic Headwinds, Looming Policy Decisions
    • TAX POLICY / FIRPTA
      Brady, Crowley Reintroduce Bipartisan House Bill to Spur Foreign Equity Investment in U.S. Real Estate; Obama Touts FIRPTA Reform in Economic Speech
    • TAX RESTRUCTURING
      Obama’s New “Grand Bargain” Would Split Corporate, Individual Tax Reform — Potentially Picking Tax Code Winners and Losers
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Support Grows for “Tenant Star” as Senate Plans September Vote for Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

    July 26, 2013
    • TAX RESTRUCTURING
      Tax Reform Outlook Clouded as Major Differences in Revenue Goals Emerge
    • GSE REFORM
      GSE Reform Bill Clears House Committee on Narrow, Partisan Vote
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT /MORTGAGE POLICY
      Regulators Appear to be Considering Easing Dodd-Frank Risk Retention Regs

    July 19, 2013
    • TAX REFORM
      Senators Divided on Merits of Baucus-Hatch “Blank Slate” Approach to Tax Reform; Fiscal “Land Mines” Anticipated This Fall Will Require Deft Hand by Fed Policymakers
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      “Glass Steagall II” Revives Debate Over Causes of 2008 Financial Crisis — as it Seeks to Revive Depression-Era Separations Between Commercial, Investment Banking

    July 12, 2013
    • TAX CODE REFORM
      As Baucus, Camp Launch Tax Reform “Road Show,” E&Y Study Shows Economic Costs of Paying for Corporate Tax Cuts by Limiting Business Interest Deductibility
    • GSE REFORM
      House GOP Lawmakers Seek Sweeping Changes in Home Mortgage Financing — Including Eliminating Fannie, Freddie and Eliminating Federal Loan Guarantees; Sharp Contrast With Senate Bill
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Fed’s Approval of Basel III Implementing Regs Followed by FDIC, OCC This Week; New Supplemental Leverage Ratio Proposed for Largest Banking Organizations
    • ROUNDTABLE IN THE NEWS
      Roundtable President and Members Recognized in CPE’s “30 Most Influential People in Real Estate”

    July 3, 2013
    • LAND USE POLICY
      Supreme Court Issues Major Property Rights Decision; Land Owner Defeats Unconstitutional Demands from Land-Use Regulators
    • GSE REFORM
      New Compromise Bill from Corker, Warner Could Jumpstart Stalled Housing Finance Debate in Congress

    June 28, 2013
    • IMMIGRATION POLICY
      Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Bill; Proposed Reforms Have Vast Implications for Commercial Real Estate
    • TAX REFORM
      Baucus, Hatch Roll out “Blank Slate” Tax Reform Plan, Inviting Senators to Identify, Defend Tax Breaks Worth Keeping; “Lobbying Frenzy” Begins
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
      Roundtable Testifies on “Tenant Star” Legislation to Foster Energy Efficiency in Leased Spaces; Participates in EPA Public Hearing on Potential Lead Paint Regulation
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      Senate Confirms Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary; Foxx Approved as New U.S. Transportation Secretary

    June 21, 2013
    • TAX POLICY
      Senate FIRPTA Bill Re-Introduced With Strong Bipartisan Backing; Baucus, Camp Planning Tax Reform “Road Show” Across the U.S.
    • ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
      Senators Unveil Bipartisan “Tenant Star” Bill; Convene Business, Labor, Real Estate Stakeholders for Infrastructure Dialogue

    June 14, 2013
    • ANNUAL MEETING 2013
      Roundtable’s Annual Meeting Features Wide-Ranging Discussions With Top U.S. Policymakers — from Immigration and Interest Rates, to Tax Reform, TRIA and Energy Efficiency
    • IMMIGRATION REFORM
      Senate Kicks Off Debate on Immigration Reform; Provisions of Interest to Real Estate Include “JOLT Act,” New “W” Visas for Construction Workers, EB-5 and EB-6 Visa Programs

    June 7, 2013
    • TAX CODE RESTRUCTURING
      Senate Finance Committee “Options Paper" Addresses Several Tax Issues Critical to Commercial Real Estate
    • IMMIGRATION REFORM
      House Increases Focus on Immigration Reform; Senate Bill Faces Key Procedural Test on Tuesday
    • ECONOMY
      Fed’s Beige Book Findings in Line with Roundtable’s Recent Sentiment Index: Economic Growth Still Sub-Par, Bifurcated

    May 31, 2013
    • TAX RESTRUCTURING
      Roundtable, BUILD Coalition Partners Seek to Protect Business Interest Deductibility; Roundtable Comments on Ways & Means Pass-Through Entity Proposal
    • HOMELAND & ECONOMIC SECURITY
      Two 10-Year TRIA Extension Bills Introduced in House; Possible Senate Bill Coming Soon

    May 24, 2013
    • ACCOUNTING POLICY
      FASB, IASB Release Long-Awaited New Exposure Draft on Lease Accounting; Roundtable, Members of Congress Remain Concerned about Potential Economic, Real Estate Impacts
    • ENERGY POLICY
      “Tenant Star” Bill Introduced in House; Senate Votes on Energy, Immigration Legislation Expected in June
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Senate Republicans Press EPA for Long-Overdue Stormwater Study, in Anticipation of Proposed Land Development Rules Expected Next Month

    May 17, 2013
    • TAX POLICY
      Tax Experts Raise Concerns About Camp’s Pass-Through Entity Reforms; Roundtable Welcomes McCormick as New Tax Policy Counsel
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Committee-Backed Energy Efficiency Bill Expected to Reach Senate Floor; Roundtable Urges Inclusion of “Tenant Star,” Language to Foster Public-Private Partnerships for Retrofit Financing
    • IMMIGRATION REFORM
      Senate Judiciary Committee Continues Review of Amendments to “Gang of 8” Immigration Bill; Roundtable Weighs-In on EB-5, Construction Worker Visas

    May 10, 2013
    • TAX CODE REFORM
      JCT Report Summarizes U.S. Tax Code, Various Reform Proposals; GOP Considers Linking Debt Ceiling, Tax Restructuring; Baucus, Camp Seek Public Feedback on Tax Policy via New Web Site
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      Senate Clears Internet Sales Tax Bill with Strong Bipartisan Support; Action Shifts to the House
    • IMMIGRATION POLICY
      Roundtable Expresses Support for Immigration but Urges More Flexible Caps on "W” and H-2B Visas

    May 3, 2013
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      TRIA Reauthorization Dialogue Intensifies as CIAT, Marsh Hold Congressional Briefing
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      Roundtable Member Penny Pritzker Tapped as Obama’s Next Commerce Secretary; Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to Succeed LaHood as Transportation Secretary

    April 26, 2013
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      Senate Begins Formal Debate on Internet Sales Tax Legislation Backed by Retail, Real Estate Groups, White House
    • HOMELAND & ECONOMIC SECURITY
      Boston Businesses Await Official Designation of Boston Marathon Bombing
    • TAX CODE RESTRUCTURING
      Congressional Tax-Writers Continue “Top-to-Bottom” Review of Tax Code, Including Issues With Implications for Real Estate; Web Site Launched to Advance FIRPTA Reform

    April 19, 2013
    • SPRING 2013 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      Roundtable’s Spring Gathering Features Top U.S. Policymakers, Discussions on Top Real Estate Policy Priorities
    • IMMIGRATION REFORM
      Senate “Gang’s” Immigration Proposal Includes Positives, Negatives for Commercial Real Estate; Roundtable Welcomes “JOLT” Language to Spur U.S.-Bound Travel, But Urges Flexible Visa Caps for Immigrant Investors, Entrepreneurs, Construction Labor
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
      Shaheen, Portman Reintroduce Modified Version of Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

    April 12, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Obama Budget a “Mixed Bag” for Real Estate — With 179D Energy Efficiency Tax Reform, Partial FIRPTA Reform, Tax Hike on “Carried Interest”
    • TAX RESTRUCTURING / ENERGY RETROFITS
      Roundtable Briefs Tax-Writers on Risks, Opportunities of Broad Tax Reform — Including Potential Jobs Created by Reworking Section 179D Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction; Roundtable Letter to Camp, Levin on Debt Restructuring
    • IMMIGRATION REFORM
      Business Coalition Outlines Priorities on Guest Worker Visa Issue as Senate’s “Gang of Eight” Prepares to Release Draft Bill on Tuesday

    April 5, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Real Estate Industry Abuzz over Obama’s FIRPTA Proposal, While Awaiting Further Details in Budget to be Released Next Week
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Roundtable, Coalition Partners Question Basis of EPA Efforts to Regulate Purported Lead Paint Hazards in Public, Commercial Buildings
    • ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY
      Roundtable Members, BOMA Recognized by EPA, DOE in Energy Star Awards Ceremony

    March 29, 2013
    • INFRASTRUCTURE & TAX POLICY
      President Obama Proposes FIRPTA Reform — a Top Real Estate Roundtable Priority — to Spur Foreign Investment in U.S. Infrastructure
    • TAX CODE REFORM & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
      Roundtable Urges Congressional Tax-Writers to Rework Section 179D Tax Deduction for Energy Retrofits and to Permanently Extend 15-Year Leasehold Improvement Depreciation as part of Broad Tax Reform
    • U.S. ECONOMY & JOB CREATION
      Fed Officials Debate Prospects for Winding Down “QE3” Program; Fed Continues to See “Head Winds” From Sequestration Budget Cuts, Global Financial Turmoil
    • FEDERAL APPOINTEES / CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Mary Jo White, Obama’s Nominee to Head SEC, Clears Key Hurdle; House Agriculture Panel Approves Derivatives-Related “Tweaks” to Dodd-Frank

    March 22, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Bipartisan Action Averts Government Shutdown, But Parties Remain Far Apart on Budget, Tax Issues, Setting the Stage for Future Confrontation on Debt Limit; Internet Sales Tax Issue to be Raised in Senate Budget Debate
    • TAX CODE REFORM
      Roundtable Urges “Pro-Growth” Tax Reform
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Promising Developments on GSE Reform: Joint Securitization Platform, New Senate Legislation, and Potential Bipartisan Cooperation Between Hensarling, Waters

    March 15, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Ryan, Murray Unveil Vastly Different Budget Blueprints as Obama Continues “Charm Offensive” on Deficit Reduction; House Tax-Writers Look at Pass-Through Entities; Senate Finance Plans for Weekly, Bipartisan Discussions on Tax Restructuring
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Roundtable Urges Further Refinement of DOE’s Potential New Energy Efficiency Scoring System, Which Focuses on “As Built” Building Characteristics vs. Actual Energy Performance

    March 8, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      With “Sequester” Underway, Budget Battle Now Shifts to Preventing Government Shutdown in Late March; Obama Seeks Dialogue With Rank-and-File GOP Lawmakers on Debt Challenges
    • TAX REFORM
      “Wasteful” Tax-Code Spending Scrutinized as Senate Democrats Draft FY2014 Budget Plan; Chances for Tax Reform are Good, Say Top Senate Democratic Aide, Treasury Official
    • ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY POLICY
      Obama’s EPA Nominee Reputed as Tough, Yet Pragmatic and Willing to Listen to Industry Stakeholders; DOE Nominee Sees “Demand Management,” Innovation as Key to Reducing Carbon, Climate Change

    March 1, 2013
    • BUDGET POLICY & SEQUESTRATION
      Sequestration Budget Cuts Begin Today as Policymakers Clash on Next Steps; Separate Showdown Looms as Government Funding is Scheduled to Expire March 27
    • TAX POLICY & CARRIED INTEREST
      Washington Policymakers Renew Focus on Carried in Budget Debates; Roundtable Emphasizes Issue Is Better Addressed in Context of Comprehensive Tax Reform
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      Former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew Sworn In as Treasury Secretary; Confirmation Process Included Comments on Carried Interest, FIRPTA and TRIA

    February 22, 2013
    • REAL ESTATE MARKET CONDITIONS
      Roundtable Survey: CRE Execs More Positive About Market Conditions, But Outlook Remains Clouded
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      After a Week of Tough Rhetoric on Looming “Sequester,” a Glimmer of Hope as Obama Speaks with Boehner, McConnell

    February 15, 2013
    • STATE OF THE UNION
      Obama’s State of the Union Address Touches on Array of Issues Important to Real Estate
    • INTERNET SALES TAXES
      Identical Bills Unveiled in House, Senate Authorizing State Collection of Online Sales Taxes; Legislation Will Help Level the Playing Field Between “Brick-and-Mortar,” Online-Only Retailers
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      White House Issues Directives to Foster Improved Protection of Critical Infrastructure; Business Coalition Supports Bill to Enhance Public-Private Intelligence Sharing, Privacy Protections

    February 8, 2013
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      New Bipartisan House Bill Would Extend U.S. Terrorism Reinsurance Backstop for 5 Years; Roundtable Maintains Terrorism is a National Problem that Needs a Federal Solution
    • POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
      As Lew Faces GOP Grilling on Medicare Budget Issues, Obama Names CEO of Outdoor Clothing and Gear Company as Secretary of the Interior

    February 1, 2013
    • STATE OF THE INDUSTRY MEETING
      Roundtable’s Annual Winter Forum Spans a Range of Federal Policy Issues Affecting U.S. Commercial Real Estate Sector; Packed Program Features Dialogue With Eight Current, Former U.S. Senators

    January 18, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY / U.S. ECONOMY
      House GOP Caucus Mulls Short-Term Debt Limit Increase — Hoping to Win Bigger Federal Spending Cuts Later; Economy Surprisingly Resilient in the Face of “Fiscal Cliff,” Although Labor Markets Remain Weak

    January 11, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Obama’s Pick as Treasury Secretary — Budget Wars Veteran Jacob Lew — Faces Immediate Battles Over Debt Ceiling, Federal Spending; Economic Recovery at Stake
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      International Financial Regulators Ease Key Basel III Liquidity Rule for Banks, as U.S. Regulators Pore Over Thousands of Stakeholder Letters
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      EPA Advances Effort to Consider Regulating Lead Paint Dust in Commercial, Public Buildings

    January 4, 2013
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Congress Narrowly Averts “Fiscal Cliff,” While Setting Up New Battles Over Debt Ceiling and Federal Funding; Business Leaders Disappointed by Lack of Deficit Reduction, Prospect of More Political Bickering, Uncertainty

    December 21, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Fiscal Cliff Talks: After a Few Encouraging Signs, Back to Square One as Boehner Shelves “Plan B”; Both Chambers to Reconvene Dec. 27

    December 14, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Obama, Boehner Meet Again, But Remain Far Apart on Fiscal Cliff; Cantor Vows to Keep Congress in Session Until Deal is Reached
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
      Senate Hearing Tees Up Talks for Next Congress on Tax Incentives to Promote Energy Efficient Building Retrofits
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Dodd-Frank “Volcker Rule” Comes Under Fire at House Financial Services Hearing; Subcommittee Examines Economic Impact of Derivatives Regs

    December 7, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Fiscal Cliff Talks: Amid Mixed Signals, Halting Progress, Debt Ceiling Emerges as a New Flash Point; More GOP Lawmakers Express Openness to Raising Tax Rates
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
      Roundtable Sets Stage for Reform of 179D Building Retrofit Tax Incentive; Bipartisan Steps Now May Signal Broader Consensus for Energy Efficiency Legislation in Next Congress
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      RECPAC Members Discuss Fiscal Cliff, Pace of Healing in Debt and Equity Markets, Policy Threats to Liquidity

    November 30, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Fiscal Cliff Talks: After Hopeful Signs, a Step Backwards? Republicans Reject Obama Proposal Seeking 4-1 Ratio of Tax Hikes to Spending Cuts
    • LAND USE POLICY
      Coalition Brief Urges Supreme Court to Protect Private Property Rights; Permit Negotiations Between Real Estate Developer, Land Use Regulators At Issue
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Lawmakers, Witnesses Air Concerns on Basel III — Including Potential Effects on Community Bank Lending, Job Creation, U.S. Competitiveness; Coalition Warns of Impacts on “Main Street” Businesses
    • DODD-FRANK & DERIVATIVES REGULATION
      Treasury Agrees to Exempt Derivatives End-Users from Dodd-Frank Controls on Foreign Exchange Swaps; Coalition Still Pressing for Exemption on Capital, Margin Requirements

    November 16, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Opening Round of Fiscal Cliff Talks Deemed “Constructive”; Negotiations Set to Resume After Thanksgiving
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on Basel III; Roundtable, Coalition Partners Warn of Basel’s Unintended Consequences, Impacts on “Main Street” Businesses

    November 9, 2012
    • ELECTIONS 2012
      After Obama Win, Attention Focuses on “Fiscal Cliff,” Hints of Potential Compromise on Debt, Taxes; Talk of “Reset” Between Washington and Business CEOs

    November 2, 2012
    • HURRICANE SANDY & ECONOMIC RECOVERY
      As East Coast Begins Massive Recovery Effort, Early Estimates Peg Hurricane’s Economic Impact at $20 Billion-Plus; Building Owners in Flood-Prone “Zone A” Still Assessing Damage
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Key Lawmakers Stake Out Post-Election Positions on “Fiscal Cliff” as Business Leaders Warn that Economic Impact is Already Being Felt
    • CRE MARKET CONDITIONS & OUTLOOK
      Roundtable’s Q4 Sentiment Index Still Positive, But Flat — a Reflection of Widespread Uncertainty Over U.S. Elections, Fiscal Cliff; Non-“Gateway” Markets Still Struggling

    October 26, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      CEOs Make United Plea for Action on Fiscal Cliff, U.S. Debt Trajectory, Tying Support for Higher Taxes to Significant Spending Restraint; Nearly 1 Million Jobs Could be Lost in 2012 as Businesses Anticipate Economic Contraction, Study Shows
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Regulators Urged to Start Fresh on Basel III Capital Rules After Studying Real Estate, Economic Impacts; Current Proposal Would Harm Credit Availability and Increase Borrowing Costs

    October 19, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      As Obama, Congress Head Toward Confrontation on “Fiscal Cliff,” Business Leaders Step up Warnings About Potential Recession, Ratings Downgrade, Higher Interest Rates
    • ACCOUNTING POLICY
      FASB, IASB Still Working Toward New Lease Accounting “Exposure Draft”; New Version Now Expected Out in Q1 2013, With 120-Day Stakeholder Review Period

    October 12, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Challenging Long-Held Goals of Tax Reform, Schumer Urges Higher Tax Rates on Capital Gain and Top Earners, and for All Revenues from “Loophole Closing” to go Toward Deficit Reduction; “Math Doesn’t Add Up”
    • LAND USE POLICY
      U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Constitutional Property Rights Case; Permit Negotiations Between Real Estate Developer, Land Use Regulators At Issue

    October 5, 2012
    • FALL 2012 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      Presidential Elections, Economy, “Fiscal Cliff” Dominate Discussions at Fall Gathering of Senior Real Estate Industry, Trade Association Executives; Fed Governor Powell Hears Anecdotal Data on Still-“Bifurcated” Conditions in Commercial Real Estate
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      53 Senators Urge Regulators to Ease Impact of Basel III on Smaller Banks; Roundtable Concerned New Rules Could Exacerbate Credit Challenges Facing Commercial Real Estate

    September 28, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Ad Hoc, Bipartisan Efforts Underway Among Senators to Head Off “Fiscal Cliff”; U.S. Businesses Reportedly Scaling Back Job Creation, Investment Amid Uncertainty on Taxes, Budget Cuts
    • DODD-FRANK REGULATION
      Business End-Users Submit Comment Letter on Pending Margin Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Real Estate, Environmental Groups Tout Potential Job Creation, Energy Savings From Senate Bill to Reform Section 179D Tax Deduction; GSA Tests Energy Saving Technologies

    September 21, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      House, Senate Tax Writers Jointly Examine Capital Gains Tax Policy as “Fiscal Cliff” Looms, and as Expectations Grow for Serious Tax Restructuring Efforts in 2013
    • ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS POLICY
      New Senate Bill Should Spur Job Creation by Reforming Underutilized Federal Tax Deduction for Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits

    September 14, 2012
    • JOB CREATION & INVESTMENT
      EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” Bill on Its Way to White House; Fed Launches “QE3,” Other Steps to Jumpstart Weak Economic Recovery
    • TERRORISM INSURANCE
      Real Estate, Insurance Industry Stakeholders Testify on TRIA’s Critical Role in Making Terrorism Insurance Coverage Available, Urge that Program Not be Allowed to Expire in 2014
    • PUBLIC & COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS POLICY
      GSA Announces New Public Buildings Commissioner; EPA Delays Action on Lead-Paint Rules for Commercial, Public Buildings

    September 7, 2012
    • PRE-ELECTION POLICY PREVIEW
      Congress Scrambles to Finish Must-Pass Bills Before Election Day, including EB-5 Visa Legislation; Fate of Expiring Tax Cuts Left for Year-End “Lame-Duck” Session
    • ELECTIONS 2012
      Real Estate’s Role in the Economy Highlighted in Policy Forums at GOP, Democratic Political Conventions

    August 10, 2012
    • DODD-FRANK REGULATION
      House Lawmakers Mulling “Legislative Alternative” to Volcker Rule; New Senate Bill Seeks Clear Exemption for Business “End-Users” from Pending Derivatives Requirements
    • TAX POLICY
      Internet Sales Tax Legislation Gains Bipartisan Backing on Capitol Hill as States Seek to Capture Lost Revenue and as “Brick-and-Mortar” Retailers Seek “Marketplace Fairness”
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Basel III Comment Deadline Extended to Oct. 22; Coalition Letter Urges Regulators to Study Impact of Proposed Rules on Non-Financial Businesses, such as Real Estate

    August 3, 2012
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      Senate Passes Midnight Extension of “Immigrant Investor” EB-5 Visa Program; Measure Poised for House Action in September
    • TAX POLICY
      House Approves One-Year Extension of Bush Tax Cuts for All Taxpayers; Senate Finance Clears “Extenders” Bill With Leasehold Improvement Language, Hears Testimony on Partnership Taxation
    • U.S. ECONOMIC OUTLOOK & CRE MARKETS
      Q3 Sentiment Survey: CRE Outlook Dims Amid Persistent Economic, Political Concerns; Outside Core Markets and Multifamily, Pricing and Capital Access Remain Flat

    July 27, 2012
    • TAX POLICY
      Senate Democrats Win Passage of Obama’s Bill to Extend Only “Middle-Class” Tax Cuts (up to $250K); Focus Now Turns to House
    • FEDERAL LEASING POLICY
      With Federal “Holdover” Tenancies on the Rise, Roundtable to Seek Input from Affected Members About Their Firms’ Experiences with GSA
    • REGULATORY REFORM
      Voting Along Party Lines, House Approves Legislation to Halt All Major Federal Regulations Until Unemployment Falls to 6 Percent; White House Issues Veto Threat

    July 20, 2012
    • TAX POLICY
      Rhetoric Heats Up as Congress Prepares for Key Votes on Tax Policy; Study Finds that Millions of Small Business Owners Would be Affected by Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts at Year-End; Concern Over Automatic Budget Cuts in 2013 Spurs Talk of “Loophole Closing”
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
      Voices of GOP Dissent on DOE Loan Guarantee Program Stall Subcommittee Vote; Roundtable Maintains that Reforms Could Effectively Minimize Taxpayer Risk While Spurring Job-Creating Energy Efficiency Retrofits

    July 13, 2012
    • TAX POLICY
      Election-Year Tax Debate Heats Up as Obama Renews Calls to Extend “Middle-Class” Tax Cut, and as Senate Rejects Competing Small Business Tax Proposals
    • FINANCIAL MARKETS REGULATION
      House Panel Examines Dodd-Frank Impact on Credit Availability; Business Leaders Applaud CFTC Final Rule Exempting Certain Derivatives End-Users From Regulation
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Real Estate Groups Urge House Legislation Authorizing “Technology-Neutral, Performance-Based” Federal Loan Guarantees for Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits

    June 29, 2012
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
      Roundtable Testimony Urges Swift Senate Action to Spur Job-Creating Energy Retrofits
    • TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
      Congress Passes Long-Term Transportation Funding Bill, Which Should Spur Jobs, Multi-Modal Transit, Ease Real Estate’s Ability to Coordinate With Transportation Planners; 11th Hour Deal Includes Student Loan, Flood Insurance Provisions
    • REAL ESTATE & THE ECONOMY
      BOMA Report Quantifies Office Segment’s Vast Contributions to U.S., State, Local Economies; Every $1 of Office Building Expenditures Means $2.57 for U.S. Economy

    June 22, 2012
    • REAL ESTATE ROUNDTABLE LEADERSHIP
      Taubman Succeeds Neidich as Roundtable Chairman for FY2013, Urging Real Estate to be “Pro-Active” on Legislative Priorities Including Job Creation, Deficit Reduction, Tax Reform; Fed Extends “Operation Twist” as it Lowers Economic Growth Forecasts
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICY
      Shaheen, Portman Seek Senate Action on Bipartisan Efficiency Bill With Provisions on Non-Regulatory Building Energy Targets, Retrofit Loan Guarantees
    • DODD-FRANK REGULATIONS
      Derivatives End-Users Continue to Press for Clear Exemptions from Dodd-Frank’s Margin, Inter-Affiliate Swaps Requirements; Senators Concerned about Risk Retention Regs’ Potential Impact on CRE Credit Flows

    June 15, 2012
    • ANNUAL MEETING 2012 OVERVIEW
      Darkening Economic Clouds, Euro-Zone Worries, 2012 Elections Loom Large at Roundtable’s 2012 Annual Gathering; Industry, Political Leaders Examine Jobs Potential of Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure Investments

    June 8, 2012
    • U.S. ECONOMIC OUTLOOK & TAX POLICY
      While Signaling that Fed Remains Prepared to Act, Bernanke Urges Congress to Avoid Economically Damaging “Fiscal Cliff”
    • TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
      Senate, House Conferees Trade Offers on Transportation Funding Legislation; As June 30 Expiration Looms, Boehner Floats the Idea of Another (Six-Month) Extension

    June 1, 2012
    • LEASE ACCOUNTING
      FASB Rewrite of Lease Accounting Rules Could Have “Disastrous Consequences” For Real Estate, House Lawmakers Warn; Cost-Benefit Analysis Urged
    • ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY POLICY
      House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Seeks Clarification of Wetlands Enforcement as White House Threatens Veto; GOP Senators Concerned EPA is Ignoring Recent Supreme Court Wetlands Ruling

    May 18, 2012
    • HOTEL & LODGING REGULATIONS
      DOJ Postpones Compliance Deadline on New Permanent-Pool-Lift Requirements to January 2013; Over 1400 Comment Letters Sent to DOJ in Favor of Deadline Extension
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Amid New Partisan Clashes on Debt Ceiling and Spending Cuts, Expectations Grow that Washington Will “Kick the Can Down the Road” Again With Temporary Tax-Cut Extensions, Delayed Sequestration Budget Cuts

    May 11, 2012
    • U.S. CRE MARKET CONDITIONS
      Commercial Real Estate Mending But Still Vulnerable to Ongoing Economic and Political Risks, Refinancing Challenges, Roundtable’s Q2 Sentiment Survey Shows
    • HOTEL & LODGING REGULATIONS/ADA
      House Votes to Block FY2013 Funding for DOJ Proposal Requiring Permanent, Hard-Wired Pool Lifts; New Deadline Looms on May 15
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      House Votes on Dueling GOP, Democratic “Sequestration Alternatives” Trigger Fresh Debate on U.S. Tax and Spending Priorities; White House Threatens Veto of GOP Plan to Cut Social Services Spending

    May 4, 2012
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      EPA Misses Deadline on Proposing Post-Constructon Stormwater Rule, Amid Difficulties in Assessing Costs, Benefits; Rule Could be Delayed at Least a Year
    • TAX POLICY
      Roundtable Letter to Treasury Urges Repeal of 2007 Rule Extending FIRPTA’s Reach

    April 27, 2012
    • HOTEL ACCESSIBILITY REGULATIONS
      House Lawmakers Scrutinize ADA Pool Lift Requirements Affecting Hotel Owners
    • ACCOUNTING POLICY
      FASB, IASB Expect to Finalize Controversial Lease Accounting Overhaul by Mid-2013; Business Coalition Presses for Economic Impact Analysis, Re-Issuance of Entire Proposal
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Bernanke Warns of Year-End “Fiscal Cliff” that Could Derail Economic Recovery; CMBS Delinquencies Spike for the First Time Since Last October

    April 20, 2012
    • SPRING 2012 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      U.S. Real Estate, Political Leaders Discuss National and Real Estate Industry Concerns — from Weak Job Creation, Debt Refinancing and FIRPTA, to “Taxmageddon” and ADA Pool Lift Regulations

    April 13, 2012
    • ELECTIONS 2012 & TAX POLICY
      As Tax Day Looms, Democrats Prepare for High-Stakes Senate Vote on “Buffett Rule”; 13 GOP Senators Targeted
    • JOBS & ECONOMIC RECOVERY
      Amid Disappointing Job Creation Data, Key Fed Officials Endorse Plans for Ultra-Low Interest Rates into 2014; Hints at Additional Policy Action to Bolster Economic Recovery (But Not “QE3”)
    • TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
      Council on Foreign Relations Memo Suggests Modest, Incremental Policy Action on Transportation Infrastructure as Best Option in Today’s Highly Polarized Political Environment

    April 6, 2012
    • HOTEL & LODGING REGULATIONS
      Roundtable Urges that Stakeholders be Allowed to Comment on Substance of DOJ’s New Pool Lift Requirements — Not Just Proposed Compliance Date; House Bill Would Nullify “Permanent Lift” Requirement
    • FEDERAL REAL ESTATE
      Shake-Up at GSA Could Slow Federal Downsizing Efforts, Washington-Area Leasing Markets
    • ROUNDTABLE COMMUNICATIONS
      Roundtable Racks Up More Awards for Design, Communications Excellence

    March 30, 2012
    • TAX RESTRUCTURING
      Roundtable Letter Urges Congress to Proceed With Caution on Tax Code Restructuring, Lest it Harm the Economy or Commercial Real Estate
    • ENERGY RETROFIT FINANCING
      Roundtable to FHFA: Lien Subordination Issues Pose Major Obstacles to PACE Programs, But Property Owners, Lenders Should Have Latitude to “Work Out” Retrofit Financing Through Tax Assessments
    • TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY
      11th Hour Extension of Highway Funding Signed Into Law; Roundtable Continues to Urge Longer-Term Funding Horizon to Ease Regional Transportation Planning

    March 23, 2012
    • WETLANDS POLICY
      Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Property Owners in Highly Watched Sackett Case; Justices Adopt Arguments Advocated by Roundtable in “Friend of the Court” Coalitions
    • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Coalition Seeks House Bill to Rein in EPA Efforts on Potential Lead Hazards in Commercial Buildings
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Ryan Proposes Bold Plan to Flatten the Tax System, Slash Federal Spending, Reform Medicare; Reid Says Senate Will Not Take Up a Budget Resolution

    March 16, 2012
    • HOTEL & LODGING REGULATIONS
      Justice Department Extends Compliance Deadline for Costly New “Pool Lift” Regulations Affecting U.S. Lodging Facilities
    • TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY
      Senate Approves Two-Year Highway/Infrastructure Bill as March 31 Deadline Looms; Focus Now Shifts to the House
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
      Roundtable Members Recognized by EPA, DOE for Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts

    March 9, 2012
    • TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY
      Highway/Infrastructure Legislation Advances in Senate; House to Take up Senate Version as Controversial GOP Bill Remains Stalled
    • ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND USE POLICY
      New Senate Bill Would Require EPA to Study Lead Paint Hazards Before Writing Regulations Affecting Residential, Commercial Stakeholders
    • TAX REFORM
      Congressional Tax-Writers Examine Corporate Tax Reform, Pass-Through Entities — and How Tax Restructuring Might Boost Growth and Job Creation

    March 2, 2012
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY & TAX POLICY
      New IRS Guidance and Upcoming DOE Modeling Tool May Ease Real Estate’s Use of Section 179D Tax Deduction for Energy Efficiency; Real Estate Roundtable Continues to Press for Legislative Changes
    • ACCOUNTING POLICY
      Roundtable, Coalition Partners Urge Broader Business Input on PCAOB Initiatives, Including Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation

    February 24, 2012
    • ECONOMIC & CRE MARKET CONDITIONS
      Roundtable Survey Shows “Tempered” Outlook on Commercial Real Estate, as Industry Executives Worry About Economic and Policy Risks, Maturing CRE Debt, Weak CMBS Market Recovery
    • TAX REFORM
      Administration’s Corporate Tax “Framework” Seeks to Eliminate Distortions But Would Pick Industry “Winners and Losers”; Revenue Raisers Include Higher Carried Interest Taxes, Limits on Interest Deductibility; No Mention of Individual Tax Reform

    February 17, 2012
    • FEDERAL BUDGET
      Obama Budget Proposes Higher Taxes on Income, Capital Gains, Dividends and Carried Interest, Along with Positive Language on Energy, Infrastructure; FIRPTA, CRE Refinancing Challenges Raised During Senate Finance Committee Hearing
    • LEASE ACCOUNTING
      Far-Reaching Rewrite of Lease Accounting Standards Could Eliminate Millions of U.S. Jobs, While Cutting GDP and Property Values, New Study Shows

    February 10, 2012
    • TAX POLICY
      Treasury Proposal Seeks to Ease FATCA’s Burden on Overseas Banks, But Stays Mum on U.S. Commercial Real Estate Request for Exemption
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Dodd-Frank Regulatory Proposal Could Undermine CMBS Market Recovery by Forcing Banks to Hold More Capital in Reserve for Securitized (vs. Whole) Loans
    • LAND USE & INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY
      House Approves “Civilian BRAC” Bill to Dispose of Excess or Underutilized Federal Properties; Surface Transportation Bills Up for Key Votes in House, Senate Next Week

    February 3, 2012
    • STATE OF THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY 2012
      Top U.S. Real Estate Executives and Policymakers Focus on Taxes, Jobs, CRE Refinancing Challenges, Energy Retrofits at Roundtable’s Annual Winter Gathering

    January 27, 2012
    • STATE OF THE UNION
      Obama Takes on Populist Tone With Calls for Millionaires to Pay “Fair Share” in Taxes; State of the Union Address Also Touches on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Infrastructure Investment, Dodd-Frank Regulations and Other Issues of Importance to Real Estate
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT: DODD-FRANK
      House Agriculture Committee Passes Multiple Bills to Protect Derivatives End Users; Amid House Scrutiny of Pending “Volcker Rule,” Roundtable Warns of Potential Impact on CRE Liquidity

    January 20, 2012
    • ECONOMY & JOBS
      With Congress Reconvening, Obama’s Private-Sector Jobs Council Unveils Strategy for Short-Term Job Growth, Long Term Competitiveness; Several Roundtable-Supported Recommendations Included

    January 13, 2012
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      House Likely to Formally Disapprove of Obama’s Latest Debt Ceiling Increase; Partnership “Carried Interest” Resurfaces on the Presidential Campaign Trail
    • WETLANDS AND LAND USE POLICY
      Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Highly Watched Wetlands Case With Broad Implications for Property Owners, Land Use, Scope of EPA’s Authority Under Clean Water Act

    January 6, 2012
    • WASHINGTON OUTLOOK: POLICY & POLITICS
      Obama Recess Appointments Likely to Trigger Legal Challenges, Prolong Business Uncertainty Over Regulations; Congress to Focus (Again) on Payroll Taxes, Debt Ceiling When it Reconvenes Later this Month

    December 9, 2011
    • TAX POLICY
      New FATCA Law — Aimed at Curbing Tax Evasion — Could Drive Foreign Investors Out of U.S. Real Estate Market, Roundtable Warns
    • LABOR POLICY
      NLRB on a Fast-Track to Finalize Key Parts of “Quickie Election” Rule — Before Losing 1 of 2 Democratic Appointees; House Votes to Block NLRB Action
    • IMMIGRATION POLICY, ENERGY RETROFITS & JOBS
      Roundtable Urges Permanent Funding for EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” Program, a Key Source of Capital for Real Estate Projects; Chairman-Elect Taubman Says Energy Retrofits are Good for Job Creation, Environment and “Good for Business”
    • IN MEMORIAM
      Washington Philanthropist, Financier, Political Activist — and Longtime Roundtable Member — Joe Robert

    December 2, 2011
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      Congress Racing Against Clock to Avert Mid-December Government Shutdown, Expiration of Payroll Tax Cut, Dozens of Business and Individual Tax Provisions (Including Two Affecting Commercial Real Estate)
    • INTERNET SALES TAX
      Real Estate Groups Welcome Senate Legislation Authorizing Online Sales Tax Collection by States; Online Retailer Amazon Now a Supporter, Too
    • PUBLIC-PRIVATE INVESTMENTS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
      Real Estate Roundtable Members Among Private-Sector Leaders Pledging Energy Retrofit Investments — as Part of Obama’s “Better Buildings Commitment”

    November 23, 2011
    • BUDGET DEFICIT & TAXES
      As Super Committee Declares Impasse, Attention Turns to Expiring Tax Provisions; Roundtable Urges Extension of 15-Year Leasehold Improvement Depreciation, Brownfields Cleanup Cost Expensing

    November 18, 2011
    • BUDGET DEFICIT & TAXES
      Super Committee Remains at Loggerheads as Monday Deadline Looms for Sending Plan to CBO; Negotiations Expected to Continue Through Weekend
    • TAX POLICY
      U.S. Businesses Urge Extension of Tax Provisions before Year-End; 15-Year Leasehold Improvement Depreciation, Brownfields Expensing Among Those Set to Expire
    • TOURISM, TRAVEL & U.S. ECONOMY
      Senate Panel Examines Economic Impact of Visa Delays, Other Barriers to Inbound Travel to U.S.; Obama Directive Encourages “Strategic Alternatives to Government Travel”

    November 10, 2011
    • TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE & JOB CREATION
      Longer-Term Transportation Spending Bill Clears Key Senate Committee With Unanimous Support; Measure Would Help Expand U.S. Transportation Options Through Innovative Public-Private Financing
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      Bipartisan, Real Estate-Supported Covered Bonds Bill Introduced in the Senate; Real Estate Groups Concerned About Potential New SEC Rules That Could Hurt Real Estate Liquidity, CMBS Market Resurgence

    November 4, 2011
    • BUDGET & DEFICIT REDUCTION
      "Super Committee" Hears Testimony on Bipartisan Debt Reduction Proposals as Nov. 23 Deadline Fast Approaches
    • ONLINE SALES TAX
      Coalition Urges "Super Committee" to Include a Provision Closing Online Sales Tax Loophole in Final Budget Recommendation to Congress
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
      Real Estate, Energy and Environmental Coalition Launches Website Focusing on Building Retrofits and Job Creation
    • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL POLICY, TOURISM VISAS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
      Roundtable Addresses Federal Policies That Inhibit Real Estate Hospitality Sector's Key Economic Role

    October 28, 2011
    • U.S. ECONOMY & CRE OUTLOOK
      Roundtable’s Q4 Sentiment Index Drops to 2009 Levels Amid Ongoing Economic, Political, Regulatory Uncertainty
    • LEASE ACCOUNTING POLICY
      FASB/IASB Propose to Exempt Lessors From New Lease Accounting Requirements; Lessees Remain Subject to Sweeping Changes That Would Eliminate Off-Balance-Sheet Treatment for Operating Leases

    October 21, 2011
    • BUDGET DEFICITS & TAX POLICY
      Real Estate Letter to Deficit “Super Committee” Seeks to Dispel Myths Surrounding “Carried Interest”; Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Local Communities Would Suffer from Carried Interest Tax Hike
    • LABOR POLICY
      Roundtable, Coalition Partners Back House Bills to Rein in NLRB; “Ambush Elections” Proposal, Boeing Case, “Micro-Unions” Ruling Threaten Workers, Employees, Job Creation
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT / DODD-FRANK ACT
      “Volcker Rule” Proposal Could Impede Capital Formation for Real Estate; Roundtable Developing Formal Comments
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
      Two New Bills Could Help Address Financing Barriers to Job-Creating, Low-Risk Energy Retrofits in Commercial Buildings

    October 14, 2011
    • FALL 2011 ROUNDTABLE MEETING
      U.S., Real Estate Industry Leaders Discuss Proposed Tax Increases, Barriers to Jobs and Investment; Obama’s Jobs Bill Loses Key Senate Test, Now Expected to Move in Pieces
    • FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATION
      Derivatives End-Users Continue to Press for Clear Exemptions from Dodd-Frank's Margin, Inter-Affiliate Swaps Requirements; Regulators Could Re-Issue Securitization/Risk-Retention Regs

    October 7, 2011
    • ECONOMIC & TAX POLICY
      Amid Signs of Stalling Economic Recovery, Senate Democrats Seek “Millionaires’ Surtax” to Pay for Obama’s Jobs Bill; White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Sen. Ben Nelson, Economist Alan Blinder, Public Buildings Commissioner Bob Peck to Meet With Roundtable CEOs Next Week
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT
      RER, NAR Submit Amici Curiae Brief to U.S. Appeals Court in Condo-Hotel Case
    • FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATION
      Coalition for Derivatives End Users Hosts “Fly-In” Meetings to Urge Robust “End-User” Exemption in Forthcoming Margin/Cash Collateral Regs

    September 30, 2011
    • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
      As “Super Committee” Stays Mum on Deliberations, Speculation Abounds on Prospects of Bipartisan Deal by Nov. 23; Business Leaders Urge Deeper Deficit Reductions, Corporate Tax and Entitlement Reforms
    • ENVIRONMENT AND LAND USE
      Roundtable Weighs in on Two Supreme Court Cases With Significant Implications for Federal Regulation of Wetlands, Property Use

    September 23, 2011
    • TAX POLICY
      Long-Awaited FIRPTA Bills Introduced in House, Senate; Legislation Will Spur Increased Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate, Help Ease Commerce Mortgage Refinancings
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT/LABOR POLICY
      DOL Withdraws Controversial Proposal to Redefine “Fiduciaries” under ERISA; New Draft Rule Expected in Early 2012; House Votes to Block NLRB in Dictating Where Companies Can Create Jobs
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
      Roundtable Questions Need for Yet Another Federal Energy Rating System; DOE’s Proposed Asset Rating Program Based on “As Built” (vs. Actual, Operational) Energy Performance
    • ECONOMIC POLICY
      Fed’s “Operation Twist” Pushes Down Long-Term Interest Rates, But Fails to Reassure Anxious Investors Amid New Recessionary Fears

    September 16, 2011
    • ECONOMIC & TAX POLICY
      Obama Resurrects Controversial Revenue Offsets for his Jobs Bill, Including Carried Interest Tax Hike that Would Affect Millions of Real Estate Partnerships
    • DEFICIT REDUCTION
      CBO Director Offers Sobering Assessments on Economy, Unemployment, Challenges Facing Deficit Super Committee — Which Appear to Include “Mission Creep”

    September 9, 2011
    • ECONOMY & JOBS
      As Washington Refocuses on Job Creation, Roundtable Urges Non-Legislative Steps Now to Boost Energy Retrofits, Tourism, Foreign Equity Investment in U.S. Real Estate; Signs of a Thaw as GOP Plans to Cherry Pick Obama’s Jobs Plan?
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Roundtable Briefs Senate Staff on How to Improve Section 179D Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive
    • BUDGET DEFICITS & TAX POLICY
      As “Super Committee” Begins Work, GOP Moves to Block Second Phase of Borrowing Authorized Under August Debt Deal; Revenue Offsets for Obama’s Jobs Plan Unclear
    • HOMELAND SECURITY
      TRIA Threat Emerges — and Subsides — During Senate Committee Debate Over Flood Insurance; Real Estate Industry Urges Keeping Backstop Program in Place Beyond 2014

    August 5, 2011
    • CRE MARKET CONDITIONS
      Roundtable’s Q3 Sentiment Index Drops Amid Renewed Economic Weakness, Sparse Job Creation, Uncertainty Over Washington’s Handling of Long-Term Debt and Deficit Issues
    • U.S. BUDGET & TAXES
      Debt Crisis Narrowly Averted; Renewed Battles Over Spending Cuts, Tax Increases Expected This Fall as “Supercommittee” Begins Working to Meet Critical Pre-Thanksgiving Deadline
    • DODD-FRANK SECURITIZATION PROPOSAL
      Federal Regulators Should Go Back to the Drawing Board on Risk Retention, Conduct Comprehensive Analysis of Proposed Regs’ Impact on Commercial Real Estate
    • ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
      Federal Appropriations Bills Address Energy, Environmental Issues of Interest to Commercial Estate

    July 29, 2011
    • U.S. DEBT LIMIT CRISIS
      As House Plans to Vote on Revised Boehner Bill With Balanced Budget Amendment Language, Senate Gears Up for Action on Reid Bill; Roundtable Joins 100+ Business Groups in Urging Action to Avert Debt Default

    July 22, 2011
    • DEFICITS, DEBT & TAXES
      As Race for Debt Deal Appears to Enter Final Stretch, Real Estate Industry Urges Negotiators to Reject Carried Interest Tax Hike Proposals
    • ACCOUNTING POLICY
      Heeding Stakeholder Concerns, FASB, IASB Announce Plans to Re-Expose Controversial Lease Accounting Overhaul Proposal
    • LABOR POLICY
      Business Community Voices Strong Objection to NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rule at Two-Day Hearing
    • LAND USE POLICY
      Supreme Court to Hear Case With Significant Implications for Property Owners, EPA’s Ability to Regulate Wetlands Under Clean Water Act

    July 15, 2011
    • DEFICITS, DEBT & TAXES
      Amid Flurry of Competing Debt-Deficit Proposals— Including “Plan B” Being Discussed by Reid, McConnell — Business Leaders, Bernanke, Credit Rating Firms Urge Swift Action to Avert Default
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Approves Energy Efficiency Bill, Adding Stronger Retrofit Loan Guarantee Language, Softening Building Code Provisions Opposed by Real Estate
    • CAPITAL & CREDIT POLICY
      International Coalition Seeks Re-Release of Controversial Lease Accounting Proposal, Along with Economic Impact Study and Field Testing

    July 8, 2011
    • DEFICITS, DEBT & TAXES
      As Default Threat Looms, Obama Signals Openness to Entitlement Reforms, Republicans Dismiss Tax Code “Cherry Picking” in Favor of Broad Tax Reform
    • ENERGY POLICY
      Roundtable Members Among 14 Organizations Participating in White House Better Buildings Challenge
    • LABOR POLICY
      Lawmakers Scrutinize NLRB Proposal to Accelerate Workplace Union Elections, Urge More Time for Stakeholder Comments, Public Hearings
    • ROUNDTABLE NEWS
      Roundtable Kicks Off FY2012 With Neidich, Taubman at the Helm; Jobs, Refinancing Challenges and Tax Policy Issues Remain a Key Focus for New Board, Policy Advisory Committees

    July 1, 2011
    • TAX POLICY & FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN U.S. REAL ESTATE
      Bipartisan Group of House Lawmakers Appeals to U.S. Treasury for FIRPTA Reform
    • DEFICITS, THE DEBT LIMIT & TAXES
      White House, GOP Remain Far Apart as Aug. 2 Debt Default Looms; As Obama Calls for Review of “Sacred Cows,” Levin Resurrects Failed Proposal to Increase Carried Interest Taxes

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