NEC Notes
January 2020
Happy New Year!
And welcome to the January 2020 edition of
The New England Council's Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Capital Conversations with Rep. Jim McGovern
Please join The New England Council for our first event of 2020, a Capital Conversations breakfast in Washington, DC, featuring Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee:

Capital Conversations with Rep. Jim McGovern
Thursday, January 16, 2020
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
K&L Gates
1601 K Street, NW
Washington, DC
Recent Events
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. Bill Keaing
On December 2, Rep. Bill Keating spoke to NEC members at a Congressional Roundtable breakfast hosted by Bank of America in Boston.  Congressman Keating is pictured here with Tish McMullin of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, who co-chairs the NEC Healthcare Committee. 
Annual Holiday Celebration
NEC members gathered at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute of the U.S. Senate for the Council's Annual Holiday Celebration on December 3.  Pictured here are (L-R) are Kate Rota of Blum Shapiro, Heidi Garcia of Catholic Charities, Craig Welton of Northeast Arc, and 
Patrick Shaughnessy of Best Buddies.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Brett
Capital Conversations with 
Rep. Stephen Lynch
Rep. Stephen Lynch spoke to NEC members at a December 10 Capital Conversations breakfast, hosted by Nelson Mullins in Washington, DC.  Rep. Lynch is pictured here with Vaun Cleveland of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC).
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. Katherine Clark
On December 13, Rep. Katherine Clark spoke to NEC members at a Congressional Roundtable breakfast sponsored by the Eos Foundation at the Omni Parker House in Boston.  Rep. Clark is pictured here (L) with Andrea Silbert of the Eos Foundation (C) and Jim Brett.
Congressional Roundtable with 
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
On December 20, 2019, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke to Council members at a Congressional Roundtable luncheon at Saint Anselm College, sponsored by BAE Systems.   The Senator is pictured here with  NEC Board Member Todd Leach, Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. 
Politics & Eggs with 
Tom Steyer
Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and candidate for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination Tom Steyer was the final 2019 speaker in the Politics & Eggs series, addressing a December 23 breakfast event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.  He is pictured here with Sandy Lish of The Castle Group.  
NEC in the News
Recent Media Coverage
Jim Brett Addresses North Shore Chamber - On December 4, NEC President & CEO Jim Brett was the keynote speaker at a North Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast.  Jim's remarks, focused on the outlook for the 2020 elections, were covered in the Gloucester Daily Times.  

WMUR's NH Business Features USMCA, NEC Partnership Report - Jim Brett was the guest for a segment of NH Business on WMUR that aired on Sunday, December 22, 2019.  Jim spoke with host Fred Kocher about the Council's recently released 3rd Edition "Partnerships for the Talent Pipeline Directory," and about the importance of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for the region.  Watch online.  

NEC Launches Quarterly Federal Policy Briefings

NEC Policy Staff to Offer Quarterly Briefings
We are pleased to announce a new opportunity that The New England Council will be offering for our members. Beginning in January 2020, the Council's policy staff will host a Quarterly Federal Policy Briefing where our staff will provide updates on recent federal legislative and regulatory activity on key economic issues for the region, as well as the outlook for activity in the months ahead.
These briefings will be presented via conference call--and perhaps eventually as webinars--to ensure that members throughout the region can easily participate. The first such briefing will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, from
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Emily Heisig.  
Save the Date: 2020 Washington Leaders' Conference
Annual Washington Event to be Held May 13 & 14
Mark your calendars!  The New England Council's 2020 Washington Leaders' Conference will take place in our nation's capital on Wednesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 14, 2020.  Similar to last year, the conference will kick off with a welcome luncheon on May 13, followed by afternoon committee meetings and an evening Capitol Hill Reception.  On May 14, the day will begin with a Congressional breakfast, followed my more committee meetings.  

Stay tuned for more details and the opening of registration in the coming weeks.  If you have suggestions for committee meetings, please be in touch with the relevant member of the NEC staff for your committee.  

Policy Committee Updates
Congress Advances Key Financial Services, Trade Priorities in Final Week of Session
The final week of the 2019 Congressional session was a busy one, with Congress advancing several of The New England Council's top legislative priorities over the past year.

President Trump signed a $1.4 trillion spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, 2020.  In addition to funding the federal government, the final package also included a number of other legislative proposals that the Council has advocated for in 2019. Specifically, the legislation included language:
  • Renewing the Export-Import Bank Charter for seven years
  • Re-authorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for seven years
  • Passing the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act to create new opportunities for Americans to expand their retirement savings
In addition, on December 19, the House of Representatives passed legislation to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a multilateral trade deal that would make significant updates to the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Council has advocated for approval of the USMCA for many months, and will continue to support final approval in the Senate in 2020.

For more information on the Ex-Im Bank Re-authorization or the USMCA, please contact Peter Phipps.
For more information on TRIA Re-authorization or the SECURE Act, please contact Griffin Doherty.
Energy & Environment Committee to Meet with Former FERC Commissioner LaFleur
On January 6, 2020, the Energy & Environment Committee will meet at the offices of Holland & Knight in Boston.  In addition to hearing from guest speaker Cheryl LaFleur, a former FERC Commissioner and current ISO-New England Board Member, the committee will also hold a planning discussion to brainstorm events, projects, and priorities for 2020.  For more information, please contact Sean Malone.  
Healthcare Committee Briefing with Ways & Means Staff
On December 10, the Healthcare Committee hosted a conference call with Lizzie O'Hara, Deputy Chief of Staff for Chairman Richard E. Neal on the the House Committee on Ways and Means.  Ms. O'Hara briefed members on several pieces of healthcare legislation, including a bill aimed at lowering drug prices, and another that seeks to address surprise medical billing.  She also discussed the prospects for tax extenders and the USMCA.  For more information, please contact Sean Malone.  
Higher Education Committee Discusses Partnership Policy Recommendations, K-12 Priorities
The Higher Education Committee hosted two conference calls in December for members to discuss priorities and policy recommendations around several important issues.  First, on December 17, Committee members engaged in a discussion of possible policy recommendations to support education-industry partnerships following the release of the third edition of the Council's "Partnerships for the Talent Pipeline Directory" in November.  

On December 19, the Committee hosted a call to discuss the establishment of an "Elementary & Secondary Education Working Group" within the committee, and to brainstorm about priorities and advocacy initiatives related to elementary and secondary education.  For more information on either topic, please contact Taylor Pichette.
Member News From Our Blog
Membership Update
December New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members who joined the Council in December 2019: