Appropriations Bill

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Investment in Morocco and opportunities for companies in the Western Sahara

Morocco's advance as a regional trade and finance hub - Morocco has made significant strides in its development objectives over the last decade. This progress has been anchored by a concerted strategy to economically and...more

News from Second and State

The holidays are over, and the New Year has come. For most, it’s back to the grind this week; though in Harrisburg it seems there hasn’t been a whole lot of grind to get back to. Last week, Gov. Wolf partially approved a...more

End Of Crude Oil Export Ban Could Have Negative Unintended Consequences

The repeal of the crude export ban, which Congress just passed and the president signed as part of the omnibus appropriations bill (read “budget”), may end up being one of those “watch out what you wished for” events. The ban...more

News from Second and State

The year 2015 has come and gone, and Pennsylvania has yet to see any snow or a complete 2015-2016 spending plan. By Christmas Eve, the House and Senate sent a $30.2 billion general appropriation bill, H.B. 1460 (Adolph,...more

EB-5 Immigrant Visa program extension signed into law — without any changes. EB-5 financing continues for new development...

Hotel lawyer with great news for developers: the EB-5 immigrant visa financing program has been renewed — approved by Congress and signed by the President. It is being continued without change through September 30, 2016....more

ACA Cadillac tax delayed two years

On December 18th, Congress voted to approve an omnibus spending deal to fund the federal government. This spending package includes a two-year delay – from 2018 to 2020 – of the so-called “Cadillac tax,” which was enacted as...more

Health Provisions in the Omnibus Appropriations: Cybersecurity in the Healthcare Industry

The omnibus appropriations legislation that Congress passed last week contained a variety of health-related provisions. These provisions include rescinding funding for the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB),...more

Cadillac Tax Delayed, Made Deductible

In the first significant congressional modification of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since its passage, the notorious "Cadillac tax" on high-cost employer health plans has been delayed two years, from 2018 to 2020. The delay...more

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Legislation Passes in Omnibus

If you read one thing... - The omnibus appropriations package includes legislation that provides liability protection to companies who voluntarily engage in cybersecurity information sharing. - The...more

ESA Roundup – Lawmakers and Lions, Oh My!

After weeks of negotiations, on December 18, 2015, Congress finally approved the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus spending bill. One hotly debated issue related to the controversial greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). ...more

Washington, D.C. Update – December 2015

2015 Year-End Appropriations and Tax Measures - On Friday, December 18, the House and Senate completed work on the omnibus appropriations legislation funding the federal government for the 2016 fiscal year and a series...more

Congress Extends PTC and ITC Renewable Energy Tax Credits

The renewable energy industry, particularly the wind and solar energy sectors, have been hopeful that the U.S. Congress would act this year to extend certain tax credits that project developers and related sectors, such as...more

Wind and Solar Energy Tax Credits Extended

On Friday, December 18th, President Barack Obama signed into law the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which extended and also phased down certain renewable energy investment tax credits (ITC) and...more

Congress Approves Spending and Tax Measures; Key Labor and Employment "Riders" Omitted from Bipartisan Funding Agreement

Considered the last legislative feat of 2015, Congress approved a massive tax and spending package on Friday that includes some positive and negative provisions for employers. The Omnibus Appropriations Act funds the federal...more

Energy Industry Impacted by Consolidated Appropriations Act's Tax Code Changes

The U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The measure, which was approved Friday morning, Dec. 18, funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year (through September 30,...more

DOL's Fiduciary Duty Rule Survives Year-End Appropriations Process

The insurance industry’s short-term strategy to oppose the Department of Labor’s proposed investment advisor fiduciary duty rule centered on a defunding initiative as part of the year-end appropriations process. That...more

Immigration Issues Included in the Omnibus Appropriation Bill

Congress has agreed on the omnibus appropriations bill, which will provide discretionary funding for the government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. The bill includes a number of immigration-related...more

Negotiators Reach Deals on Government Funding, Tax Extenders Legislation

After several long weeks of negotiations on end-of-year obligations, congressional negotiators reached agreements on both a government funding bill that pays for the federal government through the remainder of FY16 as well as...more

Solar and Wind Tax Credits Benefit from Proposed Compromise on Government Spending Bill

Tuesday night, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other congressional leaders released a proposed legislative compromise that would fund the government through September 30, 2016, extend tax credits for solar and wind projects and...more

Renewable Energy Tax Credits Receive Multiyear Extension in Congressional Omnibus Bill

Congressional leadership reached agreement late last evening on an omnibus spending and tax bill that will be voted on by the House and Senate later this week. The bill reflects a global agreement among the leaders on tax and...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress unable to come to agreement on funding the government past Dec. 11 so a short-term funding bill was passed to give more time for negotiations... Tax extenders still being discussed as a vehicle for a...more

Odds on an Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) Extension Seemingly Rising by the Minute

Despite “grinchy” recent predictions from some, the solar industry looks set to receive some holiday cheer with the odds on an investment tax credit (ITC) extension seemingly rising by the minute. Many credit the ITC as one...more

End of Year Legislative Agenda

With the House and Senate in recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are now only a very limited number of scheduled legislative days left for the year – 12 in the House and 15 in the Senate – and there is...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Spotlight on Veterans and Military

On Tuesday Governor Pat McCrory celebrated the ribbon cutting and dedication of the historic downtown Raleigh Seaboard building, which will house the newly created Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Approximately...more

Congressional Challenges Loom for Clean Power Plan Final Rule

Before the end of the year, federal lawmakers are expected to undertake a series of actions to limit, amend, delay or repeal President Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP) final rule. The final rule was formally published on Oct....more

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