Trade and Taxes: What's Next for Businesses, Workers & Consumers?
Drawing on his extensive trade policy experience, Max Baucus decodes how audiences from every industry will be affected by new trade and tax policies. As the former head of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014) and Ambassador to China (2014-2017), Baucus adds an insider’s nuance to the debates on U.S. taxes, sanctions and tariffs; Asia’s advancement of their own trade agreements with other nations; and the evolving landscape imposed by Europe’s shifting trade environment and the wave of protectionism worldwide.
China: Opportunities and Obstacles
Max Baucus capped his involvement with China as Ambassador to China (2014-2017) not long after President Xi took power. In prior years he lead many delegations to China meeting with past Chinese presidents and premiers and helped spearhead China’s entrance into WTO as well as introducing legislation establishing PNTR status for China. He was our country’s principle policy broker in China on National Security and economic issues, including the South China Sea and assisting American companies do business in China. He was in Beijing as China spearheaded the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and continued to develop their “One Belt, One Road” policy to restore old maritime and overland trade routes. As American foreign policy shifts under the Trump Administration, Baucus is uniquely qualified to speak to the opportunities and obstacles facing the world today especially as they concern Asia.
What's Next for America's Healthcare?
As the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014), Max Baucus authored and ushered the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) through Congress, vocal even at the time about his concerns regarding costs and lack of bipartisan support — two issues which now threaten the Act's durability under the Trump administration. Baucus discusses the intention and reality of the plan, and what American people and businesses can expect for the next version of American healthcare legislation.
Max Baucus in the news
Uniquely qualified to address issues regarding U.S. tax reform, world trade, China and the Asian continent, MAX BAUCUS contributes almost daily to the dizzying news cycle.
Max Baucus offers shrewd insights on affordable healthcare
Known for his instrumental leadership in crafting and passing the Affordable Care Act through Congress, Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to China MAX BAUCUS is a leading voice on the ongoing healthcare debate. Sought-out to discuss the topic at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Baucus brings tremendous first-hand policy experience to the issue. As Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-14), Baucus ushered the Affordable Care Act through Congress, even while he was vocal about his concerns regarding costs and lack of bipartisan support-- two issues which now threaten the Act's durability. Heralded for his breadth of insight and candor, Baucus is praised by audiences for his willingness to dive into the issues. Reviews from his recent events include: "[Sen Baucus] provided a very insightful view... Our clients and staff really appreciated his unique perspective. Sen Baucus was a great keynote speaker for our event" (Major Multinational Bank).
Max Baucus is a leading voice on Asia
Former U.S. Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013) and Ambassador to China (2014-17) MAX BAUCUS is a foremost authority on Asia, regularly in-demand for his prescient and substantive analysis. Awarded for his outstanding achievements in public service by the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, Baucus is renowned for his extensive work in normalizing relations with China, and for facilitating the country’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001. While Ambassador to China, Baucus served as the United States' principle policy broker on national security and economic issues, and was in Beijing as China spearheaded the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and continued to develop their “One Belt, One Road” policy. Thanks to his expertise, Baucus has been sought-out to speak at elite conferences throughout the region, such as: HSBC’s China Forum, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s China Forum, the LendIt Fintech Conference in Shanghai (where his remarks made headlines in Forbes), and the Daiwa Capital Markets Conference in Tokyo. Baucus is also a fixture on major media networks, regularly delivering shrewd insights on U.S.-China trade relations and security issues with North Korea on Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and more. Currently Co-Chair of Farmers for Free Trade, Baucus remains a vocal advocate for free trade agreements, plugged into what is and isn’t achievable in Washington. He is heralded for his candid insights and extensive policy knowledge at each of his engagements, earning rave reviews such as: “We hired Senator Baucus for an event which focused on the China-US economic corridors today and current implications for the future cooperation. He provided a very insightful view about the current and future relations between the 2 countries. Our clients and staff really appreciated his unique perspective. Senator Baucus was a great keynote speaker for our event.” (Major Multinational Bank)
Max Baucus speaks at major outlets, offering straight-talk on healthcare, China, and tax reform
Former Ambassador to China and longtime Senator to Montana, MAX BAUCUS dives into today’s most pressing issues on Bloomberg and CNBC, drawing on his expertise to offer frank and insightful analysis. As a Senator from 1978-2013, Baucus worked in Washington under six different administrations, which has provided him with remarkable experience and insight on a wide range of policy issues and the inner workings of how Congress thinks and acts. On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Baucus shares how difficult it is to get a tax plan passed through Congress, emphasizing past examples of how tax reform has only happened when presidents are fully behind it. On Bloomberg, Baucus illuminates how vastly complicated passing health care reform is based on his tremendous experience on the Senate Finance Committee, citing the two years it took to craft the Affordable Health Care Act. He also offers a warning against the border adjustment tax, and the impact it could have on U.S. relations with China. Baucus is respected both on and off the hill for his straight-shooter analysis and deep knowledge of what it takes to make and pass policy, two elements that were on brilliant display during his news appearances.
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Looking for a substantive speaker on taxes and trade? Max Baucus brings gravitas to the discussion
MAX BAUCUS has extensive experience in Congress brokering trade deals globally, gained specific knowledge of the Asian trade environment while serving as ambassador to China. He is a knowledgeable, substantive speaker with inside knowledge of how the deals get done and what's at stake. The first day's agenda of the White House focused on the economy, trade and jobs, withdrawing from the TPP agreement and promising to tax firms that move operations overseas. What does this mean for corporations watching their cost structures, for consumers watching their wallets, and for American jobs? Meanwhile, Asia is marching forth with trade agreements with other nations excluding the U.S. and Brexit is shifting the European trade environment.Contact us to learn more about Max Baucus as a speaker on trade and taxes >>
On January 7, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Max Sieben Baucus to be Ambassador of the United States of America to China. The Senate confirmed him on February 6, 2014 and Vice President Joe Biden swore him in on February 21, 2014. Ambassador Baucus served until January 20, 2017.
Ambassador Baucus formerly served as the senior United States Senator from Montana. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 2013, was Montana’s longest serving U.S. Senator, and had the third longest tenure among those serving in the U.S. Senate. Ambassador Baucus was Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. He was also a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and chaired its Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Ambassador Baucus was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978. He previously served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974.
Ambassador Baucus has extensive experience in international trade. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Ambassador Baucus led the passage and enactment of Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, Chile, Colombia, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore, and South Korea. He also worked to increase U.S. exports by knocking down trade barriers and led business leaders on trade missions abroad to Germany, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Colombia, and China. During his tenure, Ambassador Baucus was deeply involved in orchestrating congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001. As Chairman, Baucus also authored the Affordable Care Act of 2009 (Obamacare) and was one of the conference committee authors of the Part D Medicare Prescription Drug law. He has extensive legislative background in healthcare, trade and taxation.
Currently, Baucus is in-demand by numerous private companies and public organizations. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Alibaba, the Board of Directors for Ingram Micro, and the External Advisory Board for the Central Intelligence Agency. Baucus is also Co-Chair of Farmers for Free Trade, a non-profit dedicated to supporting and expanding export opportunities for American farms and ranches.
Ambassador Baucus earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Stanford University. He is married and has three children.