Berry Amendment, Congress’ to do list, and lobbying

This week on BGOV’s Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • Have you heard of the Berry Amendment? It’s a little known WWII era rule that says the Defense Department, when outfitting troops, must favor American made food and textiles. Well with a majority of manufacturing now done overseas, we’ve left U.S. Army recruits without sneakers and underwear. Bloomberg News reporter Kathleen Miller joins me to discuss her article: “Sneakers to Women’s Underwear for Troops Skirt Buy-American Law”.
  • While congress is on vacation the work continues to pile up. Bloomberg Government’s Director of Legislative Analysis Loren Duggan gives us a preview of just a few of the items on their “to do” list upon their return to Washington D.C.
  • It’s the 4th of July where our conversation always turns to lobbying. What companies are lobbying the government on products and services we traditionally think of on July 4th? Fireworks, Baseball and Gettysburg are just a few of the topics BGOV Data Guru Dr. Peter Brusoe will discuss on this week’s Capital Impact.


Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.
Kathleen Miller is a Contract Spending Reporter with Bloomberg News. She covered state and local politics at the Associated Press and Washington Examiner before joining Bloomberg in 2011. Her expertise includes federal government spending with a focus on health care and immigration, and her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. She has a masters in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and BA from Georgetown University.
Loren Duggan is Bloomberg Government’s chief legislative analyst. Before joining Bloomberg, he was editor of Congressional Quarterly’s House Action Reports, providing summaries and analysis of legislation. He also contributed to CQ’s legislative tracking services during his decade with the company. Loren holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from American University.
Peter Brusoe Peter Brusoe is a campaign finance data analyst for Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg he was a research associate with the Campaign Finance Institute where he co-authored a number of studies examining the confluence of campaign finance law and contributions. He received a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University at Albany, SUNY, an M.A. in Political Science from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and policy and a Ph.D. in political science from American University.