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May Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update provides insight into a number of energy-related developments at the federal level, including President Trump’s recently proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate’s failed efforts to turn...more

Analysis of Energy and Tax Proposals in the 2018 Budget Proposal

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President Trump released his budget proposal for the 2018 FY on May 23, 2017, expanding on the budget blueprint he released in March. The budget proposal and blueprint reiterate the President’s tax reform proposals to lower...more

Eyes on Washington: FY 2018 Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on May 23, 2017, released a full budget blueprint for FY 2018, titled A New Foundation for American Greatness. The full FY 2018 budget proposal is based on the March 2017 "skinny" budget outline. The...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017 #4

The President's budget proposes over $600 billion in Medicaid cuts on top of major reductions anticipated in repeal and replace legislation; the Trump Administration asks the Court for more time to decide on cost-sharing...more

IRS Budget Cuts Continue to Worsen

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I have reported in my previous blog posts, the IRS continues to get hit with severe budget cuts. The result is not pretty: (i) tax collections are on the decline; (ii) the Tax Gap is growing; (iii) taxpayer non-compliance...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

New Details Emerge on the EPA Budget

President Trump released more details regarding his so called “skinny budget”, which was previously released on March 16, 2017. The new 64-page EPA memo sheds greater light on the skinny budget’s outline that calls for a 31%...more

Trump Administration Starts the Debate Over FY18 Budget and Appropriations

by Baker Donelson on

On March 16, the Trump Administration released "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again." The so-called "skinny budget," which includes proposed top-line spending numbers for the federal government, sets...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

Trump's Proposed 2018 Budget Will Double FDA User Fees

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

During his speech last month to a joint session of Congress, President Trump called out the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its “slow and burdensome approval process.” Those comments came on the heels of Trump’s...more

Congress has Voted to Kill OSHA’s “Volks Rule – So What Does that Really Mean?

by Fisher Phillips on

If one listens to various Democrat and labor talking heads, you would think that Congress has rolled back 40 years of worker protections by passing a resolution killing the new OSHA rule, which permitted OSHA to cite...more

Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump’s budget proposal slashes EPA funding - Washington Post - Mar 16 - President Trump on Thursday released his budget plan for the next fiscal year, which proposes cutting the...more

Environmental deregulation under President Trump: Business as usual?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Trump Administration is expected to issue a high-profile executive order that seeks to eliminate a major Obama-era environmental measure, the Clean Power Plan....more

White House’s Budget Blueprint Includes Significant Cuts to the EPA

Last week, the White House unveiled its $1.65 trillion blueprint for the FY2018 federal budget, which prioritizes discretionary defense spending, with an increase of $54 billion to $603 billion, by reducing total non-defense...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump directs rollback of Obama-era water rule - The Washington Post - Feb 28 - President Trump on Tuesday instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Senator Stern proposes clean-energy storage push - Santa Clarita Valley Signal - Jan 30 - State Senator Henry Stern on Monday announced a proposal to “double down” on clean-energy...more

Governor Baker Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts, Draws Rebuke from Legislature

by Mintz Levin on

On Tuesday, December 6, Governor Charlie Baker, under his Section 9C authority, ordered $98 million in mid-year cuts from the $39.25 billion FY17 state budget. The administration has warned of budget imbalances for months and...more

GAO Report Shows Medicare Bearing Largest Burden from Sequestration Cuts

by Reed Smith on

Medicare cuts comprised 58% of all sequestration savings in fiscal year (FY) 2014 — $11.3 billion out of $19.4 billion in total sequestration funds — according to a new GAO report. Under current sequestration law,...more

U.S. Department of Justice Resumes Asset Forfeiture Sharing Program

by Williams Mullen on

On December 21, 2015 the United States Department of Justice suspended the Equitable Sharing Program in which state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies can obtain a portion of the assets they have seized (either as...more

Governor Baker Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts

On Friday, January 8, Governor Charlie Baker ordered $49 million in emergency spending cuts aimed at erasing a projected state budget shortfall. In a letter to state lawmakers, Baker said his administration had identified a...more

IRS Criminal Investigation Annual Report Confirms Devastating Impact of Budget Cuts

by Blank Rome LLP on

Today the IRS Criminal Investigation Division released its annual report, summarizing its activities and accomplishments during fiscal year 2015. One of the key takeaways from the report is the devastating impact of budget...more

The IRS Continues to Face Significant Budgetary Constraints—What Does It Mean To Taxpayers?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Chief Financial Officer’s Act of 1990 (“1990 Act”) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on November 15, 1990. One of the major goals of the 1990 Act was to improve the financial management and to gain better...more

Strong Commentary From Washington Regarding IRS Budget Cuts

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As reported in previous blog posts (January 17, 2014, January 21, 2014, and January 20, 2015), federal budget setbacks continue to severely impact the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and its ability to carry out its lofty...more

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act Of 2015 Includes Cuts To Clean Energy Research Funding

On May 20, 2015, the House voted to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) (COMPETES), a research funding bill that was originally enacted in 2007 to further U.S. scientific and technological...more

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