Leading anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Byron L. Dorgan will debate some of the key issues facing America today at NPMA Legislative Day on Monday, March 18, at the Hyatt Regency Washington.
The National Pest Management Association is pleased to announce that leading anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist and former Democratic U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan will debate some of the key issues facing America today at NPMA Legislative Day on Monday, March 18 at the Hyatt Regency Washington.
Issues likely to be debated include sequestration and the appropriate way in which to balance the country's budget, reduce the deficit and stimulate more robust economic growth, the most effective longterm energy policy, the future of the Republican Party and foreign policy.
Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coaliton of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to paying higher federal, state and local taxes. ATR is best known for organizing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit in writing to opposing all tax increases. Many members of Congress have signed the pledge as have more than 1,000 state legislators.
Former Speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich calls Norquist "the person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America . . . He has truly made a difference and truly changed American history."
A native of North Dakota, Dorgan represented the Roughrider State in Congress from 1981-2011, rising to assistant Democratic floor leader in the U.S. Senate. He also chaired the influential Democratic Policy Committee. Dorgan's career in public service began at age 26, when he was appointed North Dakota State Tax Commissioner. He was the youngest constitutional officer in North Dakota's history. He was re-elected to that office by large margins before being elected to Congress.
Today, Dorgan is the co-chair of Government Relations Practice for the Washington, DC law firm Arent Fox. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on issues related to energy policy.
Both Norquist and Dorgan are known for their intellect, wit, humor and entertaining speaking styles, ensuring a provocative, can't miss session. Dorgan and Norquist will be replacing NBC News Political director Chuck Todd in the Monday afternoon slot. Todd will be travelling with President Obama to Israel.
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