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West Wing Reads for 11/9/17

Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.

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- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, The Hill

In honor of Veterans Day, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin writes in The Hill on the importance of “reflect[ing] on the sacrifices of those who have served this nation,” and comments on the recent redoubling of efforts by Veterans Affairs to assist those who have worn the uniform. Secretary Shulkin remarks that over the course of this past year, “the President and Congress have enacted no fewer than five major pieces of legislation on a range of veterans issues,” that focus on accountability, whistleblower protection, choice in health care, education benefits, and appeals modernization. With laws like the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act and the VA Choice and Quality Empowerment Act, among others, as well as the creation of the VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, the V.A. has, “enacted more reforms in the last several months than perhaps at any other time in recent history,” Secretary Shulkin concludes.
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Regarding tax reform, Peter Ferrara, Senior Policy Advisor for the National Tax Limitation Foundation, writes in the Observer that under President Trump’s tax reform plan, “we will enjoy a different economy than we have suffered from over the last 10 years,” and the recent economic boom under President Trump reflects what tax reform is all about: “restoring the advantage of that lost American economic growth.”


Joseph Lawler in the Washington Examiner reports forty free-market groups sent letters to all U.S. representatives Thursday, telling them the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's provisions “are a victory for the middle class, providing new tax relief, enabling more families to save and invest for the future, and creating an economy more conducive to prosperity for middle-class workers."


On President Trump’s trip to Asia, Javier Hernandez and Iris Zhao of The New York Times writes that in China, the President, “has acquired a legion of admirers who hail him as a straight-talking politician and business mogul with a knack for deal-making,” who has “changed the tone of America’s conversation with China.”


And in economic news, Reuters reports on a large number of commercial deals announced during President Trump’s visit to Beijing between U.S. companies and Chinese businesses that "could be valued as much as $250 billion.”