The Next President and the 115th Congress: What can the transatlantic business community expect?


With the 2016 elections in the rearview mirror, political challanges lie ahead for Washington as a new government is formed. In cooperation with the Congressional Study Group on Germany, RGIT hosted a panel discussion on November 21st entitled “The Next President and 115th Congress: What can the transatlantic business community expect?” Guests were treated to an engaging conversation featuring a diverse set of perspectives: from the Republican side, the Hon. Cliff Stearns (R-FL); from the Democratic side, the Hon. Martin Frost (D-TX); and from the Executive Board of the Federation of German Industries, Dr. Stefan Mair. The conversation was moderated by Jan Boesche of ARD Radio. Furthermore, Daniel Andrich offered opening remarks to emphasize the strong US-German political and economic partnership that has developed over the years, as well as the need to maintain this flourishing relationship. In addition to addressing the changing political landscape and reasons for the Republican victories at the Presidential and Congressional levels, the panelists exchanged their ideas on how the next government will tackle a wide range of substantive topics, including free trade agreements, tax reform, data privacy, health care, infrastructure, foreign direct investment, foreign policy, and energy/climate.