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USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

New Medicare Proposals that Reduce Payment to Hospitals for 340B Drugs in 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 13, 2017, CMS released several proposed rules impacting health care, including the 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule which, among other proposals, could have a significant impact on 340B...more

United States v. Nixon – An Important Reminder

by Michael Volkov on

In these days of political turmoil, it is always important to know specific and relevant events from our country’s past. I was fascinated by the Watergate scandal and was enamored with the role played by prosecutors and...more

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

House Hearing Explores Legislative Remedy to Joint Employer Confusion

by Littler on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing concerning the need for legislation to redefine the joint employer standard. As many employers are aware, the interpretation of when...more

FinTech Lenders on Notice: Congressman Launches Investigation into FinTech Lending

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II has begun an investigation into small business financial technology (FinTech) lending, expressing concern that “some FinTech lenders may be trapping small business owners in cycles of debt or charging...more

June Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update offers an extensive overview of the major legislation that has recently been introduced on Capitol Hill, as well as the big takeaways from this month’s congressional hearings related to energy...more

Congressional Hearing on Driverless Cars: Tuesday, June 27

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing today on self-driving vehicle legislation at 10 am. ...more

Expected Executive Order to take on High Drug Prices; Senate Committee Hears Recommendations on Drug Supply Chain from Experts

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

According to an article posted today on the BioCentury website, the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that will take on the high costs of pharmaceuticals by instructing “executive agencies to use value-based...more

FERC's approach to EMP and GMD threats

by PretiFlaherty on

Federal energy regulators have used both regulatory and more informal collaborative approaches to address the threat to the electric grid posed by electromagnetic pulses and geomagnetic disturbances, according to testimony...more

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

by Goodwin on

On April 5, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to present the CFPB’s semi-annual report, which is...more

The House Financial Services Committee to Hold a Hearing on Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 this Wednesday – Here’s a Summary of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

While passage in the House seems likely, the Financial Choice Act may undergo significant changes before it may pass in the Senate. Here is a summary of certain governance and executive compensation provisions that are...more

Proposed TN Legislation Requires Restraint System on School Buses - Legislative Update - Tennessee General Assembly

Next week the Senate Education Committee and House Transportation Committee is expected to hear legislation requiring any school bus ordered or purchased on or after July 1, 2018, to be equipped with a restraint system....more

FDA User Fee Hearings Picking Up Steam on Capitol Hill

As we noted previously in our introductory blog post on the 2017 User Fee Act (UFA) reauthorization process, the first UFA hearing on Capitol Hill was convened on March 2, 2017 by the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s (E&C)...more

GAO, states jump into battles to rein in Big Pharma’s sky-high prices

Big Pharma’s skyrocketing prices are finally in for some real scrutiny by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), as well as new initiatives in the Maryland and New York statehouses....more

The JOBS Act at Five: Congressional Hearing Highlights Need for Further Reform

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On March 22, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the...more

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Not a Creature Was Stirring, Except EPA - EPA Releases Final Fracking Report and General...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As the Obama era comes to a close, on Christmas eve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its final report on "Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on...more

Hey! Did You Hear? The United States Imposed Sanctions Against Russia.

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

For those of us who live and breathe U.S. economic sanctions, we are used to most people largely ignoring what goes on in our world. The United States’ recent imposition of new sanctions against Russia, however, was not one...more

U.S. Senate committee rips drug makers for predatory price-gouging

Congress must stop Big Pharma predators from ripping off American consumers by acting like hedge funds, buying up decades-old, off-patent drugs and jacking up prices on long-standing “gold standard” prescription medications,...more

Cybersecurity Experts to Congress: It’s Time for Guidance

by Sands Anderson PC on

On October 21, 2016, millions of internet users across the United States were prevented from accessing a number of popular websites, including Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Twitter. The reason? A hacker had previously...more

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Takes Center Stage At FBI, DHS, NIST and Congress

by Dentons on

On October 21, 2016, a domain name service host and internet management company experienced at least two waves of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that impacted at least 80 websites, including those belonging to...more

US Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen Testifies Before House Committee on Financial Services

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, testified before the Committee on Financial Services of the US House of Representatives. Yellen began by discussing the Federal Reserve Board’s efforts to strengthen regulation on...more

Congressional Hearings Focus on Health Policy Issues - September 2016

by Reed Smith on

A number of recent Congressional hearings have focused on health policy issues, including: ..Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearings on laboratory testing in the era of precision medicine, and...more

Congress Revisits the History of the Federal Power Act to Consider its Future

On September 7, 2016, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled “Federal Power Act: Historical Perspectives,” exploring the development and restructuring of the wholesale energy markets over the past...more

The House Ways and Means Committee is looking at Endowments

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Peter Roskam announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on college and university endowments. The hearing is entitled “Back to School: A Review...more

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