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US Senate Commerce Committee Marks up and Passes Autonomous Vehicles Bill

by Dentons on

The US Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation (the Committee) yesterday marked up and passed bipartisan legislation, S.1885, the AV START Act, proposed by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Gary Peters (D-MI)....more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 8

Below is a summary of significant health care reform developments over the past two weeks. GOP Repeal and Replace Efforts Stalled. After releasing a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on July 13,...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Russia Sanctions Bill

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Russia sanctions bill, “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (“H.R. 3364”) by an overwhelming vote of 419 to three. This broad-ranging sanctions...more

Senate Introduces Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers, Potentially Altering a Generation

This week, the United States Senate introduced the Dream Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill, sponsored by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, to create a pathway to citizenship for...more

Opioid Crisis Initiating New State Gift Ban Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Maine legislature passed with broad bipartisan approval L.D. 911, An Act to Prohibit Certain Gifts to Health Care Practitioners. The legislation prohibits gifts to practitioners who are licensed to prescribe and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Ignite Tour Blazes Across the Country.” Small Business Administration Press Release, June 21, 2017. Retrieved from sba.gov. - Administrator Linda McMahon announced that she will...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “GSA Adds Hundreds of Small Businesses to the 8(a) STARS II GWAC Contract.”GSA Press Release, June 15, 2017. Retrieved from gsa.gov. The GSA 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract...more

House Financial Services Committee Holds Hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing entitled "A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs." The purpose...more

Politics, Medicine and Progress

by Mark Mansour on

Biotechnology companies are making daily breakthroughs in understanding genetic and biomolecular causes of disease, and are committed to developing the next generation of medicines to transform patient care. It has been...more

"New Federal Campaign Contribution Limits"

On February 2, 2017, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced the new federal campaign contribution limits...more

The Future of Russia Sanctions: The Awkward Edition

On January 10, 2017, Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced bi-partisan legislation called the “Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017,” which would impose broad sanctions on Russia. The Act would codify the...more

Water Act a “WIIN” for Infrastructure

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last month, in a strong display of bipartisanship in an otherwise tense post-election political climate, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (“WIIN” or the “Act”). President Obama signed...more

SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

President Obama on December 16, 2016, signed into law the SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016. During a period of exceptional political division, it was noteworthy that the Act passed with bi-partisan support and...more

Bipartisan Legislation Proposes Telehealth Solutions for Effective Chronic Disease Management

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Collaborative efforts between congressional offices and various health care stakeholders, as well as the feedback provided in response to the Bipartisan CHRONIC Care Working Group Policy Options Document released in December...more

How to Prepare for the Significant Changes to U.S. Trade Policy under President Donald Trump

by King & Spalding on

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States after a campaign in which he repeatedly criticized long-standing principles of U.S. trade policy. Mr. Trump’s victory is likely to lead to...more

Cooling the Energy Bill in the Senatorial Saucer

by King & Spalding on

There is an old folklore that once, over breakfast, Thomas Jefferson asked George Washington why there was a need for a Senate. Washington responded with, “Why did you just pour that coffee into your saucer, before drinking?”...more

Fostering Financial Aid Literacy in Students: H.R. 3179

This is the sixth and final installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11,...more

2016 Chemical Data Reporting – New TSCA Requirements Apply for Confidential Business Information Claims

by King & Spalding on

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

Obama Administration, Congress Take Steps to Fight Opioid Epidemic

by Reed Smith on

HHS has announced a series of actions to address the nation’s opioid epidemic, as Congress has cleared the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act for the President’s signature. As part of the HHS activities, the Substance...more

House of Representatives Approves Mental Health System Reform Bill

by Reed Smith on

The House of Representative has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill (H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act) to reform the nation’s mental health care system. Key provisions of the legislation...more

House Passes Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

Despite repeated guidance from the IRS that employer payment plans violate insurance reforms under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), many small employers continue this arrangement of reimbursing employees for their cost of...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.20.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Manhattan USA Preet Bharara’s back in front of the cameras and back on the insider-trading horse with the announcement yesterday of criminal charges against well-known sports bettor Billy Walters and former investment banker...more

Senate Passes First Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Bill Since 2007

By a vote of 85-12, the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan energy bill, S.2012 – the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, last Wednesday. The bill’s passage marks the first time in almost a decade since the Senate has...more

The Senate Acts to Modernize Energy Policy and Increase U.S. Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas

by King & Spalding on

For the first time in almost a decade, the Senate passed by a vote of 85-12 a bipartisan, broad based energy bill. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012) focuses on all forms of energy production and policies,...more

Support the Tax-Exemption for Municipal Bonds

by Butler Snow LLP on

Please ask your Congressmen to join the bipartisan House Municipal Finance Caucus. Why? What is this caucus? This caucus provides support for the federal tax-exemption for municipal bonds by directly opposing the President’s...more

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