Aquiles Suarez

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Aquiles Suarez

Aquiles Suarez is Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at NAIOP.
Bipartisan Property Conversion Incentive Legislation Introduced
Just prior to leaving for this week’s congressional recess, Republicans and Democrats in Congress worked together to introduce bipartisan legislation furthering one of NAIOP’s top legislative priorities. The Revitalizing Downtowns and Main Streets Act (H.R. 9002) was introduced last Thursday with 12 original cosponsors – six Republicans and six Democrats, all members of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
Supreme Court Reins in Federal Agency Power
The Supreme Court has certainly garnered its share of attention for several of its rulings this last term, but none is likely to have more of an impact on business, including commercial real estate, than its opinion in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, issued on June 28.
President Joe Biden’s Opening Shot in 2025 Tax Fight
On March 11, President Joe Biden submitted his FY 2025 Proposed Budget to Congress. Unlike prior year budget proposals, this one is a setup for an unavoidable tax debate in 2025, when many of the tax provisions enacted during the Trump administration in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will expire.
NAIOP Chapters Are Champions for CRE
Last week, hundreds of NAIOP members from the U.S. and Canada attended NAIOP’s Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat (CL&LR) in Washington, D.C., with the conference culminating in countless meetings with their elected representatives to advocate on behalf of the commercial real estate industry.
Steadfast Advocacy Remains Critical in a Difficult Congress
As 2023 comes to a close and we look ahead to the challenges facing commercial real estate in 2024, it is clear that persistent advocacy on the public policy front will be more important than ever to ensure that the interests of NAIOP members are protected. This is true of course at the state and local level, but it is at the federal level, where government gridlock has been most on display, that maintaining our strong advocacy will be critical.
Congress Fires Its Speaker
On Tuesday, Kevin McCarthy became the first speaker in the history of the United States to be removed from his office when eight Republicans, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, and all 208 Democrats present in the House voted to support the motion to vacate. The final vote was 216- 210.
No Guarantees for Year-end Tax Legislation
While fighting in Congress over spending bills is nothing new, the heated politics surrounding this year's federal government funding battle, and the resulting animosity if a government shutdown does materialize, could linger well beyond October and make reaching agreement on a tax bill all the more challenging.
A Full Fall Schedule Looms Over Congress’ Summer Break
August has arrived, which for Capitol Hill means that Congress is in recess until sometime in September. However, Congress left town last Friday with little agreement on a path forward for must-pass appropriations bills to keep the federal government operating past the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.
GOP Tax Package is Just the Beginning
Last week, House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) kicked off what is expected to be months-long congressional negotiations over tax legislation.

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