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A Review of Labor and Employment Policy in 2013: What’s Next in 2014?

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to assess what happened and what didn’t happen in Washington, D.C. during the year in terms of labor and employment law legislation, regulations, and litigation. The short version is that...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #8

The Elevator Speech Overview - Thursday is day ten of the government shutdown. Seven days until the Treasury says the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling. House Republicans announced a plan that would essentially provide...more

As shutdown week 2 approaches, 4 subtle signs of a possible deal

Congressional sources indicate, however, that a deal might not come together politically until very close to the October 17 - 18 deadline at which Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has warned Congress that, absent additional...more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Federal Government Shutdown Continues - As the federal government enters the second week of a shutdown, there has been no progress to end the stalemate between Democrats and Republicans,...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #7

The Elevator Speech Overview - Wednesday is day nine of the Government Shutdown. Eight days until the Treasury says the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling. Democratic and Republican House leaders met today in a private...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #6

The Elevator Speech Overview - Tuesday marks day eight of the government shutdown and nine days until the Treasury says the debt ceiling will be reached and the federal government can no longer pay for all of the...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #5

U.S. House of Representatives - On Monday, the House passed another targeted continuing resolution (CR) that would authorize funds for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This bill joins the other targeted CRs...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - October 10, 2013

It is now the second week the exchanges have been open and the second week the government has been partially closed. The exchanges still have glitches, and Congress still has not agreed on a way to fund the government,...more

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling Debate - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for FY 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Health reform provisions continue to impede resolution of the continuing resolution (CR) and an end to the government shutdown. With support from the Administration, Senate Democrats insist they...more

Capital Thinking: Transportation and Infrastructure

Legislative Activity - WRDA Reauthorization - Floor consideration of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, has been delayed due to the debate over the continuing...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #4 -- Weekend Highlights

House of Representatives - On Friday, House Democrats announced they plan to file what is known as a discharge petition on a bill that has been with the Appropriations Committee since March. The discharge petition is...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - October 4, 2013

Open enrollment began this week, making it possible for the first time to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) online marketplaces. Technical glitches were widespread, but the problems were overshadowed by the shutdown of the...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #3

The Elevator Speech Overview - The government shutdown continues as the stalemate on Capitol Hill shows no signs of abating. Lawmakers, media, and the public are becoming increasingly focused on the upcoming debt...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #2

Today’s Highlights - Little meaningful progress has been made toward a resolution to the current government shutdown. Experienced professionals are expecting a protracted shutdown lasting through October 17, and...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #1

Monday’s Highlights: First Shutdown since 1996 - The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director formally notified federal agencies to execute their plans for the government shutdown shortly before midnight...more

Here comes the shutdown: key points

Welcome to the government shutdown. As of noon today, there is hope that this shutdown of the government will not last very long (some are forecasting only one or two days). But Congress has proven to be quite...more

Acting USPTO Director Vows Office Will Remain Open Even If Federal Government Is Shut Down

Acting Director Teresa Stanek Rea (at right) sent the following memo to USPTO employees regarding the possibility that the government will be shut down if Congress fails to agree to a continuing resolution to fund government...more

Capital Thinking: International

Executive andLegislative Branch Activity - Syria - Last week, the United Nations released its inspectors’ report on the August 21 attack in Syria. The report did not place responsibility on any one side but...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 24, 2013

With a week until a potential government shutdown and a week until open enrollment begins, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the limelight. On September 20, the House voted for a continuing resolution that funds the...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- September 23, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Welcome to fall, which used to be marked by events like apple...more

Banking Regulators Issue Additional Resolution Plan Guidance

On April 15, the Federal Reserve Board and the FDIC issued additional guidance for the first group of institutions required to submit resolution plans pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act. That group includes 11 institutions that...more

Congress Returns from Spring Recess

Congress returns to Washington today after a two-week district work period. As we enter the second quarter of the year, we are likely to see continued debate and some progress on: Budget & Appropriations; Presidential...more

Early Indications of Senate’s Stance on Energy Issues: Keystone and ARPA-E – ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environmental Update

Last week, the Senate passed a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 (S. Con. Res. 8) by a 50-49 vote. Although the resolution is non-binding and likely to change in the upcoming weeks, the resolution amendments that the...more

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