FREE NEWSLETTER: Econintersect sends a nightly newsletter highlighting news events of the day, and providing a summary of new articles posted on the website. Econintersect will not sell or pass your email address to others per our privacy policy. You can cancel this subscription at any time by selecting the unsubscribing link in the footer of each email.

posted on 08 January 2017

Policy Push - Think Tanks And Trade Groups Under A Trump Presidency

from CoreLogic

-- this post authored by Russell McIntyre

Policy experts throughout Washington, D.C. spent much of 2016 assuming that a Hillary Clinton presidency was just around the corner. White papers, infographics, and case studies were overwhelmingly aimed at policies and regulations that would fall slightly center-left on the political spectrum, a space the Clinton campaign carved out during much of the primary and general elections.

For these individuals, Election Day brought more than just an unexpected surprise; it upended months of preparation and planning for a future that was suddenly no longer a reality. Their focus had to shift, and quickly.

With a new administration coming to power in Washington, D.C., certain concerns will be elevated over others, including many that the Obama administration did not prioritize over the past eight years. Policy-centric organizations, including think tanks and trade associations, now find themselves in radically different positions than they were just a few months ago.

Under a hypothetical Clinton presidency, the balance of power amongst housing policy-oriented organizations would largely have remained intact. Groups such as the Urban Institute and the Milken Institute would play a large role in the political discussion, proposing policies and analyzing legislation much like they have throughout the Obama administration. Trade associations like the National Housing Conference, National Association of Realtors, and the National Fair Housing Alliance expected to have a large voice in conversations over the next four years, given the Clinton platform’s policies on expanding access to home loans, updating underwriting tools, and promoting housing-assistance programs. However, the incoming Trump administration has not yet signaled a desire to focus on any of these issues, so those think tanks and trade groups, among others, may find themselves fighting an uphill battle.

In their stead, conservative and libertarian-leaning groups are already moving to advance a free market agenda on Capitol Hill and in the White House, places where they found little success over the past eight years. Think tanks like the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute: organizations will have a voice and influence policies behind many of President-elect Trump’s campaign promises, including the restructuring of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). They will call for the use of market forces to solve problems, limiting the role of the federal government and reducing government leverage, and overhauling of our nation’s tax code. A drastic cut in zoning regulations may be on the table and Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury, has called the privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a top-ten priority.

Over the next few months, the agenda of the incoming administration and the new Congress will be the center of attention. Journalists, industry leaders, and various stakeholders will pack themselves into overcrowded committee chambers and press rooms, hoping to gain insights on upcoming policies and programs. However, looking north along Massachusetts Avenue towards Dupont Circle where think tanks and their divergent views on policy reside, may provide a clearer picture of just how the policy conversation is changing with the introduction of a Trump administration.

© 2016 CoreLogic, Inc. All rights reserved


>>>>> Scroll down to view and make comments <<<<<<

Click here for Historical News Post Listing

Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted.  As the internet is a "war zone" of trolls, hackers and spammers - Econintersect must balance its defences against ease of commenting.  We have joined with Livefyre to manage our comment streams.

To comment, using Livefyre just click the "Sign In" button at the top-left corner of the comment box below. You can create a commenting account using your favorite social network such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or Open ID - or open a Livefyre account using your email address.

You can also comment using Facebook directly using he comment block below.

Econintersect Contributors


Print this page or create a PDF file of this page
Print Friendly and PDF

The growing use of ad blocking software is creating a shortfall in covering our fixed expenses. Please consider a donation to Econintersect to allow continuing output of quality and balanced financial and economic news and analysis.

Take a look at what is going on inside of
Main Home
Analysis Blog
Wasteful Health Care Spending
Democratic Development Lowers the Cost of Credit
News Blog
Case-Shiller 20 City Home Price Index December 2016 Shows 5.6 % Year-over-Year Growth
Second Estimate 4Q2016 GDP Unchanged at 1.9 % - Under Expectations
Infographic Of The Day: Best Places In The World To Be A Doctor
Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Mixed, Oil, Gold, Dollar Little Changed, GOP ACA Divide, Trump Budget, UK Economy Concerns, France Inflation Slows, India Tax Reform, Oz Mortgage Leverage And More
February 27, 2017 Weather and Climate Report. Short-term Forecasting Not So Easy.
Explainer: What Is VX Nerve Agent And How Does It Work?
What's Important To The Online Shopper
How Liverpool's New Local Currency Fits Into Global Trends Of Money And Power
World's Largest B2C E-Commerce Markets
Average Gasoline Prices for Week Ending 27 February 2017 Rose Over One Cent
What We Read Today 27 February 2017
February 2017 Texas Manufacturing Survey Continues to Expand But Key Internals Declined
January 2017 Pending Home Sales Index Declines
Investing Blog
Market And Sector Analysis 26 February 2017
Trump's Address To Congress: A Preview For Investors
Opinion Blog
Brave New World: The Pill-popping, Social Media Obsessed Dystopia We Live In
What Do You Call A Lie Constructed From Other Lies?
Precious Metals Blog
Deflation And Gold: A Contrarian View
Live Markets
28Feb2017 Pre-Market Commentary: Wall Street Down, Flat And Muted Before Opening, Crude Prices Slipping Sharply, US Dollar Mostly Unchanged And Investors Await Trump's Speech To Congress Tonight
Amazon Books & More

.... and keep up with economic news using our dynamic economic newspapers with the largest international coverage on the internet
Asia / Pacific
Middle East / Africa
USA Government



Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day


Asia / Pacific
Middle East / Africa
USA Government

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution



  Top Economics Site Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2017 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved