The budget “vote-a-rama” in the Senate last week delivered significant victories — and major setbacks — to many lobbyists on K Street.
The amendment process, while nonbinding, serves as a testing ground for proposals that lobbyists and trade groups are hoping to move through this session of Congress.
Lobbyists who saw their favored amendments pass can use the vote to make the case for action on Capitol Hill. For lobbyists who saw their clients’ interests voted down — or not voted on at all — making the case for a Senate vote can get tougher.
David French, senior vice president for government relations at the National Retail Federation, said the passage of an online sales tax amendment with bipartisan support gives added oomph to his group’s lobbying campaign.
“Big and bipartisan is a good sign, and gives us an opportunity to get this bill out of the Senate and move forward,” French said.
Read more at The Hill. By Kevin Bogardus.
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