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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Announces Small Business Awards

On November 12, 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy held a press conference to announce the recipients of the Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. In her comments, Administrator McCarthy stated that "a...more

Foreign Private Investment in Russia? “Nyet!” In Ukraine? “Da!”

The recent developments in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea are not only politically significant, but have a real potential to alter global trading relationships for years to come. As events continue to unfold in...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- October 7, 2013

In this Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Congress once again worked through the weekend, but based on the...more

Housing Market Largely Escapes Damage From Government Shutdown, For Now

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight on September 30th as the Congress failed to pass a bill to continue funding the government. The repercussions are many, including preventing 800,000 Americans from...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Capital Thinking Update - March 4, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Sequestration - Specific Agency Activity - Agriculture & Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment -...more

How Does the Sequester Affect Energy Programs?

On Friday evening, President Obama formally notified the Office of Management and Budget to initiate the sequester, as both sides were unable and/or unwilling to reach an agreement on a plan to avert the automatic...more

Capital Thinking Update - January 28, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

Minnesota House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee Begins Hearings

The first committee meetings of a new session are often simply for the purpose of making introductions of members and staff, and setting forth committee protocol. After introductions, Chair Jean Wagenius (D-Minneapolis) of...more

Capital Thinking Update - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Fiscal Cliff - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 24, 2012

General Legislative - At the conclusion of legislative business last week, Members were advised that the House will return for legislative business “after the Christmas holiday when needed.” The Senate will...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 17, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, December 17, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm. Legislation considered under Suspension of the...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 3, 2012

General Legislative - On Monday, December 3, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House. Legislation under consideration will include H.R. 5817...more

Three Weeks after President Obama's Re-Election: Insights into Executive Branch Energy Funding, Federal Policy, and White House...

Despite uncertainty heading into the 2012 election, the incumbent president secured a second term and the congressional landscape remains largely the same. For energy and clean tech, this means an almost seamless continuation...more

Capital Thinking Update - November 19, 2012

In This Issue: - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - International, Defense, Homeland Security -...more

Capital Thinking Update - September 10, 2012

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care -...more

This Week in Washington - July 13, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Budget/Sequestration. On Tuesday, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients agreed to testify before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) on...more

Capital Thinking Update - June 18, 2012

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - International, Defense, Homeland...more

This Week in Washington - June 8, 2012

In This Issue: DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Appropriations. Both the Senate and House were in session this week. The House continued its work on FY 2013 spending bills, completing three of...more

Capital Thinking Update - June 1, 2012

General Legislative The House is not in session on Monday, June 4, 2012. The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, for morning hour and at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Tuesday, the House will...more

Capital Thinking Update - May 21, 2012

General Legislative The House is not in session the week of May 21, 2012. The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 3187, the FDA User Fee Bill. At 4:30...more

Capital Thinking Update - May 14, 2012

General Legislative The House is not in session on Monday, May 14, 2012. The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Tuesday the House will consider...more

Capital Thinking Update - April 23, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, April 23, 2012, the House will meet in pro forma session at 11:00 a.m. with no votes expected. On Tuesday, April 24, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and at 2:00 p.m. for...more

Capital Thinking Update - April 16, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, April 16, 2012, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House will consider the following bills under suspension of the rules: H.R. 3001, the Raoul Wallenberg...more

Capital Thinking Update - March 19, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, March 19, the House will convene at 4:00 p.m. for legislative business. The following legislation will be considered pursuant to a rule: H.R. 5, the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost,...more

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