TEI officially returned to Capitol Hill, May 1–2, 2019, for the Institute’s first set of congressional liaison meetings since the late 1990s. Over two days, a delegation of TEI members and Institute staff met with the majority and minority staffs of each chamber’s tax writing committee—the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance—to discuss some of TEI’s most important and broad-based legislative priorities in the wake of Public Law 115-97 (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). TEI concluded these meetings with an informal cocktail and networking reception open to all congressional tax staffers at a nearby restaurant, allowing for further engagement.
TEI’s delegation was led by James P. Silvestri, 2018–2019 TEI international president, and Emily T. Whittenburg, chair of TEI’s tax reform task force, under the stewardship of Watson M. McLeish, tax counsel for the Institute. The delegation also included Katrina H. Welch, TEI senior vice president, Kristine M. Rogers, a member of TEI’s executive committee, Anthony O’Donnell and Jason Weinstein, members of TEI’s tax reform task force, Eli J. Dicker, TEI executive director, and Benjamin R. Shreck, tax counsel for the Institute. A copy of TEI’s substantive meeting agenda is available online at www.tei.org.