General News / Posted on May, 25 2013
The Coalition of Small Business Innovators is launching today, to push small-business advancement, spur changes to the tax code and support early-stage research. VennSquared is managing the coalition and running the message and media, and Venn Strategies’ Stephanie Sliverman is handling grasstops. Coalition members include: Algae Biomass Organization, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Advanced Medical Technology Association and TechAmerica.
General News / Posted on May, 7 2013 / Author: HILL STAFF
Venn Strategies hired Drew Littman to be a principal at the public affairs and government relations firm. He comes from the Washington office of the biofuel manufacturer Solazyme, where he served as vice president. Littman also served as Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) chief of staff and as a legislative director for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). He has other experience in the private sector as well, working as a principal at the Podesta Group and as president of his firm, Littman Associates.• Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates has promoted Joel Malina to become its chief executive officer and general manager. He started at the firm in 1992 as an intern, and most recently worked as the executive vice president and managing director. Wexler & Walker also promoted Jody Hoffman, Tom Carpenter and George Rogers to its management committee, which “guides the strategic direction of the firm.” They all have extensive connections on Capitol Hill.
General News / Posted on April, 24 2013 / Author: Alan Fram
Senate Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling this summer. Its $5.9 billion cost would be paid for by making it harder for owners of so-called S corporations to avoid paying Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes on some of their earnings.
Health / Posted on April, 24 2013 / Author: Chris Fox
Current methods for estimating the costs and savings of federal health legislation miss billions of dollars in potential long-term returns from effective obesity prevention policies, according to a new study released today by the Campaign to End Obesity. Changing the way cost estimates are created would give policymakers a clearer picture of costs and savings, the report concludes.
General News / Posted on April, 17 2013 / Author: Penny Lee
Once again, our country has been rocked with an unthinkable act of violence … a senseless act in Boston on a day that is normally filled with stories of personal triumphs and jubilee. Sadly, it left us asking the all-too familiar questions: Why, and how can this be prevented from happening again?
General News / Posted on April, 11 2013 / Author: Byron Tau and Anna Palmer
Venn Strategies LLC has hired Matt Pearce, the firm announced yesterday. He comes to Venn from the U.S. Green Building Council. Before that, he managed Rep. Earl Pomeroy’s (D-N.D.) 2010 campaign and served as a Capitol Hill aide. He will be an assistant vice president at Venn.
General News / Posted on April, 4 2013 / Author: Penny Lee
On Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, there was much speculation and anticipation for the first public appearance by Hillary Clinton since she left her role as secretary of state, and she did not disappoint the audience.
General News / Posted on March, 6 2013
Downtowners headed up Massachusetts Avenue on Tuesday evening for an evening at the British Embassy. The event — which was celebrating VennSquared Communications’ and Venn Strategies’ new partnership with British public affairs firm Simon Whale. Spotted: Jane Adamsof Johnson & Johnson; Betsy Mullins; Scott Mulhauser; Stephanie Silverman of Venn Strategies; Michael Meehan of VennSquared; and Todd Flournoy of the Flournoy Group.
General News / Posted on February, 28 2013 / Author: Bernie Becker and Kevin Bogardus
Washington’s influence industry sees Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) designation of tax reform as H.R. 1 as just the latest sign that the issue will be front-and-center this year. Accordingly, lobbyists are ramping up their outreach to Capitol Hill as lawmakers look to roll back tax breaks and lower rates for the first time since 1986.
Health / Posted on December, 23 2012
The Campaign to End Obesity is applauding legislation introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Democrat Ron Kind that includes a wide range of policies that aim to tackle the obesity epidemic. Kind’s Healthy Choices Act aims to improve prevention and treatment opportunities, increase access to physical activities for adults and children, expand nutrition training and realign transportation policies to promote healthier lifestyle, and support research.
General News / Posted on June, 28 2012 / Author: Venn Strategies
The Supreme Court handed President Obama and the supporters of the Affordable Care Act a significant victory today by finding the issue at the center of the law’s structure — the Individual Mandate — was allowable under the Congress’ taxing powers in the Constitution. The entire decision can be found here. Below is a quick summary and initial thoughts.