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Health Care Update - July 2015 #3

ACA Repeal Votes Continue: As part of a rare Senate Sunday session to consider a bill to replenish the highway trust fund for six years, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought up an amendment to repeal the ACA—in...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #4

Energy and Climate Debate - Energy and climate issues will garner substantial attention between now and the August recess, and congressional, Administration, and international efforts will remain high through the end of...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #4

Leading the News - Burundi: On July 19th, representatives of the Burundian Government failed to appear for talks backed by the East African Community (EAC) aimed at ending the unrest caused by President Pierre...more

Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Dodd-Frank constitutional issues

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday entitled “The Administrative State v. The Constitution: Dodd-Frank at Five Years.” The hearing was focused on constitutional issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act,...more

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act: What Does it Mean for Clinical Research?

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 344-77. As Ropes & Gray has summarized Cures Act provisions related to Medicare and...more

Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations

On Wednesday, July 15, the House Committee on Small Business (the Committee) held a hearing, titled “Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft,” aimed at exploring small business use of drones. The...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With just two or three weeks before the August recess – two for the House, three for the Senate – Congress has a full schedule. The Senate will devote much of this week to the Highway bill,...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #2

Congress Slowly Works on Budget Reconciliation; ACA Reform Proposals Still Up in the Air - The FY 2016 budget resolution, which was agreed to by Congress this past April, included broad reconciliation instructions...more

July Congressional Committee Hearings on Health Policy Issues

Congressional committees continue to hold hearings on various health policy topics, including the following: ..A Senate Finance Committee hearing today focused on “Reviewing HealthCare.gov Controls.” ..The House...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency -...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #1

In This Issue: - Recent Mandatory APMs Signal Evolution in Delivery Reform Efforts - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Upcoming...more

Health Care Update - July 2015

In This Issue: - Medicare Releases Set of Payment Rules, Physician Fee Schedule on Deck - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other...more

Influential Business Group Requests Legislative Rejection of Proposed Rental Tax Regulation; Legislative Council Hearing Set for...

As previously reported, the Alabama Department of Revenue proposed a regulation imposing a rental tax on digital transmissions, broadly defined as “on demand movies, television programs, streaming video, streaming audio, and...more

Health Care Update - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Pathway for Bipartisanship following King v. Burwell - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Congressional...more

Cybersecurity Standards Apply to Thee, Not Me

“If there is anyone to blame, it is the perpetrators,” said Katherine Archuleta, Director of the federal Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”), to a Senate panel investigating the causes of the recent OPM cyberattack. ...more

Australian Senate Announces Foreign Bribery Inquiry

The Senate will commence an inquiry into foreign bribery, with a view to toughening Australia’s anti-bribery regime. The chair of the relevant Senate committee has indicated that various high profile business figures and...more

Energy Bulletin (US)

FERC enforcement office draws fire at House hearing. The enforcement arm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission came under fire at a congressional hearing June 3 and June 4, as some members of the US House of...more

House Holds Hearings on Bill to Ease BDC Restrictions

The Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises of the House Financial Services Committee heard testimony on June 16, 2015 in support of proposed bills that would, among other things, increase the...more

Two House Bills seek to address sharing of mental health information under HIPAA

The Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing last week to consider two bills addressing current limits on the sharing of mental health information under HIPAA. The first bill, the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more

House Committee Holds Markup Hearing On TSCA Modernization Act Of 2015

On June 2 and 3, 2015, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup hearing for the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) after years of progress on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. ...more

Patent box concept emerges on the tax reform agenda for US Congress

Key tax writers in Congress are indicating that once Congress disposes of pending trade legislation, they will turn to their top legislative priority: reaching a consensus on international and business reform by the end of...more

The NEPA Sky Is Not Falling: Why the Hand-Wringing Over CEQ’s GHG Guidance?

From the halls of Congress to the pages of mainstream environmental media, numerous warnings of increased regulatory burdens and litigation mischief stemming from the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Revised Draft...more

Top Antitrust Enforcers Respond to Congressional Questioning

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Assistant Attorney General William Baer testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law on...more

US House of Representatives Holds Hearing on the .SUCKS New gTLD and ICANN Accountability and Stakeholder Trust

On May 13, 2015, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .SUCKS Domain and Essential...more

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