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Welcome back to Powell Tate Insights. 

We hope you found ways to relax and recharge this summer. Things didn’t slow down much (if at all…) in August and it was a surprisingly busy and productive time in DC: Congress passed and President Biden signed into law several significant bills. The fall agenda is crowded with the U.S. midterm elections, must-pass legislation and an abundance of other priorities.

Our team is focused on the convergence of major political and policy developments. We’re tracking them in real time, while keeping a close eye on the midterm election dynamics and the different political scenarios and their implications across sectors and clients. We’ll share insights throughout the fall here in Powell Tate Insights. 

In this issue, we focus on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and its consequential climate and health care provisions. We also share a recap of this summer’s activity across the biggest policy issues shaping the midterms and a preview of the 117th Congress’s outstanding to-do list. And we're monitoring the latest climate trends, policy actions and diplomacy in our Climate Spotlight 2022.

Thanks for reading. As always, be in touch with reactions or updates 
even your election predictions.



-- Paul Massey, President, Powell Tate

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In the spring, the Biden administration and Democrats’ climate efforts seemed effectively dead, with Senate Democrats unable to reach an agreement on legislation to address their domestic agenda. Fast-forward to July and August: the IRA quickly came together and President Biden signed it into law on August 16. This sweeping legislation includes historic investment in clean energy and efforts to counter climate change – actions that make substantial headway against the administration’s ambitious emissions reduction targets.

On Purpose Decoded, Kate Olsen, EVP of Social Impact, maps out the bill’s climate provisions, why they matter and what they mean for business.

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Despite months of zig zags, at passage, the IRA included not just major climate and tax provisions but transformative, long-debated changes in health care and drug pricing.

Erin Seidler, SVP of health policy and advocacy, and Sara Belfry, VP of health care public affairs, summarize the IRA’s five main health care provisions, why they matter and what’s next on Issues Decoded.

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In addition to the IRA, Congress this summer also passed the CHIPS and Science Act and bipartisan gun safety legislation – and took critical international affairs actions, including continued support for Ukraine and ratifying the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). But much remains to be done this fall, including must-pass government funding and defense authorization, continued response to recent Supreme Court decisions and the return of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol.

In our latest edition of Policy Matters, we recap the major advancements out of Congress this summer and look at what to watch for this fall. 

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As world leaders, CEOs, advocates and policymakers gather for the United Nations General Assembly, NY Climate Week and other high-profile convenings, our team created the Climate Spotlight 2022 briefing to provide an overview of recent trends and policy actions and look ahead to global climate diplomacy through the end of this year. The Climate Spotlight includes:

  • Climate communications considerations and best practices for campaigns. 
  • Climate policy developments and what they mean for corporate commitments and disclosures.
  • Climate events to watch and the agenda for global cooperation and action leading up to 2023.
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Ad Age recognized Weber Shandwick's EVP of Geopolitical Strategy & Risk Michelle Giuda as one of its "40 under 40" honorees for her work helping brands manage their geopolitical risk at this critical time.

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Powell Tate President Paul Massey weighed in on what the IRA means as organizations consider their climate strategies and related investments in PRWeek.

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As countless organizations experience return-to-office challenges, Kate Bullinger, CEO of United Minds, The Weber Shandwick Collective’s global management consultancy, tells CNBC this workplace climate requires a new era of more agile leadership.

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Ethan Bauley, Weber Shandwick’s head of innovation for North America, tells Business Insider that organizations facing backlash and threats of boycotts on social media relating to social, political and geopolitical issues need to look deeper into the data when deciding whether and how to engage.

Read More in Business Insider

As reported in PRWeek, The Weber Shandwick Collective has evolved our approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), with a new, modern solution to belonging, focused on Culture, Equity and Inclusion (CEI) and led by Powell Tate EVP Emil Hill and United Minds EVP Nadine Redd Blackburn.

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Thanks for reading and see you next month.
 
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