About Callie Thompson

Callie Thompson is a Senior Policy Associate and Communications Manager at Capitol Solutions. She works with the firm's energy and environment clients to provide policy analysis, Congressional monitoring, and legislative research. Prior to joining Capitol Solutions in 2009, Callie interned for Congressman Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) and on former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s re-election campaign in 2006. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Callie graduated cum laude from Amherst College and is pursuing a Masters in Political Management through The Geroge Washington University.

Taylor Talks Odds of Inclusion of Spectrum Auctions in the Conference Committee’s Tax Deal

TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTS: SPECTRUM OUTLOOK BRIGHTENS WITH TAX EXTENSION DEAL

December 23, 2011, Ted Gotsch, ted.gotsch@wolterskluwer.com

“Procedurally, the deal effectively limits the scope of the conference and increases the odds that spectrum legislation based largely on the JOBS Act will be incorporated into any conference agreement that emerges,” said David Taylor, executive director of the Wireless Broadband Coalition.

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David Taylor on Year-End Outlook for Spectrum

“The fact that Walden’s spectrum bill was in the House’s original payroll bill (HR-3630) ‘gives both House and Senate conferees procedural and budgetary incentives to use spectrum auction receipts’ as an offset for the other spending measures in the payroll tax bill, said David Taylor, managing partner of Capitol Solutions.”

Capitol Solutions’ David Taylor Talks Outlook for Spectrum Legislation with Telecommunications Reports

“There are a variety of budgetary, procedural, and jurisdictional challenges those seeking to attach spectrum legislation to an omnibus appropriations bill would have to overcome,” said David Taylor, managing partner of Capitol Solutions, a lobbying firm whose clients include wireless industry entities.  “The fact that the legislation is not part of either the House or Senate-passed versions of any of the appropriations bills in conference is a good place to start that list.”

He also noted that policy language, such as that dealing with the construction of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network, could be stricken from appropriations legislation because it wouldn’t involve appropriations of funds.

But Mr. Taylor is one of many industry lobbyists who is still bullish on spectrum legislation getting through due to its popularity – and ability to raise billions of dollars to help with the deficit.  Although the supercommittee process failed, lawmakers are still likely next year to look for savings to offset mandatory cuts that would come in 2013, Mr. Taylor said, adding that spectrum auctions are a good bet to be part of that effort.

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Greg Waring Featured in CQ’s “On the Move”

Capitol Solutions’ Greg Waring was featured in CQ Weekly’s “On the Move,” a profile on people in new roles shaping the debate in Washington.

CQ Writes, “An aide to Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen has left for a job at a Washington lobbying firm. Greg Waring was a senior analyst for the House Budget Committee, where Van Hollen is the ranking Democrat. Waring now is a vice president for budget policy and analysis at Capitol Solutions [...]

Waring, 34, is focusing on telecommunications clients, who might gain if the committee decides to auction off more electromagnetic spectrum. Wireless companies need the spectrum to transmit content. The firm represents CTIA-The Wireless Association, the trade group for Verizon and AT&T. “It’s an opportunity for Congress to produce savings that are relatively non-controversial and bipartisan,” he says. At the budget panel, Waring was Van Hollen’s principal analyst on spectrum issues.”

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David Taylor on Spectrum Auctions in Communications Daily

“The president’s proposal is further evidence that spectrum auctions remain one of the few multibillion dollar deficit reduction options that Democrats, Republicans, Congress and the Administration support,” said Managing Partner David Taylor of Capitol Solutions, whose clients include wireless interests that seek incentive auctions. “The administration’s decision to include spectrum auctions on the list of options it supports to finance the president’s new jobs plan has increased the prospects that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction includes spectrum issues in its recommendations to Congress later this year.” While President Barack Obama outlined his spectrum objectives in the FY 2012 budget, the Jobs Act “provides a much clearer indication of the steps the Administration supports to achieve those goals,” Taylor said.

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Greg Waring Joins Capitol Solutions as Vice President, Budget Policy & Analysis

(Washington, DC) – Capitol Solutions Government Relations Consultants, LLC announces that Greg Waring has joined the firm as Vice President, Budget Policy and Analysis. Waring brings the firm a decade of budget policy and process experience with the House Budget Committee and the Congressional Budget Office. His addition reinforces Capitol Solutions’ commitment to providing its clients strategic advice and planning to further their business success.

“The federal budget process will have a major impact on policy-making here in Washington for years to come,” said Capitol Solutions’ Managing Partner, David Taylor. “Greg Waring’s experience in analyzing the budgetary impact of legislation and working with the Administration and key Congressional Committees on creative solutions to PAYGO and other scoring problems should be particularly valuable to our clients in this budget- focused climate.”

Dan Tate, Jr., a partner at the firm, added, “Greg is a great addition to our team. The budget is one of this country’s most pressing challenges impacting virtually every sector of the economy. Greg understands the intersection of the budget process and policymaking. His skills and reputation complements our creative approach to helping clients develop successful business strategies.”

“I joined Capitol Solutions because of their reputation as a forward-thinking group that anticipates budgetary obstacles and develops solutions to complex problems that work within tight budget constraints. That’s rare,” Waring explained.

During his four years with the House Budget Committee, Waring played key roles in developing, drafting, and executing portions of the House’s budget plans. He was instrumental in preparing the Wall Street Reform and Consumer protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) for floor consideration in the House. Waring also used his budget and congressional scoring expertise to facilitate the enactment of patent, copyright, and Postal Service legislation. Waring served as a Budget Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) prior to joining the House Budget Committee staff.

Capitol Solutions Government Relations Consultants, LLC is a bipartisan government relations firm. Its professional team has over 50 years of federal government relations experience and serves a variety of coalitions, corporate and non-profit organizations. To learn more about Capitol Solutions, please visit www.capitolsolutions.com.