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In 2014, Will Congress Pass Any Maritime Legislation?

Following its usual summer break over August 2014, Congress came back from its five-week summer recess and spent a whopping eight days or so back in session before recessing once again, approximately a week early, to hit the...more

Post-Election Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Post-Election Analysis, the Lame Duck, and 114th Congress - Senate Election Results at a Glance - House Election Results at a Glance - Lame-Duck Session Outlook - Issues...more

Finance Releases Annual Financial Report for 2013-14

The Department of Finance has released the “Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada Fiscal Year 2013–2014?. Highlights include: - The Government posted a budgetary deficit of $5.2 billion for the fiscal...more

The future of multifamily housing bonds?

Earlier this year, President Obama included within his Administration’s budget to Congress certain tax proposals. Among those was a proposal to allow states to convert up to 8 percent of their private activity bond (PAB)...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Department of...more

Lame Duck Preview

With the November elections looming, the House and Senate completed their work last week before departing Washington to campaign, leaving any remaining legislative work for the post-election lame duck session. The brief work...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

2019 Medicare Budget Reduced by $95 Billion – The New York Times is reporting that the projected Medicare budget for 2019 is $95 billion less than the projected budget for 2019 four years ago. According to the...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 8/18/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Congress is in recess for the remainder of August, but when it returns for just over two weeks in September, much of the focus will turn to crafting a continuing resolution to keep the...more

Highways, Taxes, and Partisanship: The Next Crisis

The Highway Trust Fund is almost empty; it is running on fumes. Without congressional action before the August recess, the fund that has been essential since the 1950s to maintain the nation's transportation infrastructure...more

Washington Insight - July 2014

In This Issue: - Progress Toward Comprehensive Patent Reform Stalls - As Attention Turns to a Border Supplemental, a Twelve Bill Omnibus Seems Certain - Highways, Taxes, and Partisanship: The Next...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Health and Human Services - Department of...more

Doctors' Headaches

Despite optimism early this week over a Senate budget conference position proposal that made serious concessions to the House budget position, we are at a new stalemate Friday....more

Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - FY 2015 Appropriations Action - Regular order in the appropriations process once again seems to have fallen victim to election-year partisanship and political positioning. With fewer than...more

Capital Thinking: Environment and Natural Resources

REGULATORY ACTIVITY - GREENHOUSE GAS - Pursuant to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon propose to prohibit certain chemicals contributing to emissions of...more

Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - FY 2015 Appropriations Action - Senate appropriators will continue their work on FY 2015 spending bills this week despite significant setbacks last week when the committee postponed its...more

RAD expansion and “Pay-For-Success” Utility Demonstration among the innovations included in the Senate’s mark of the T-HUD...

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its draft Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2015. While the bill generally falls short of the funding...more

From Second and State: The Week Ahead – June 9-13, 2014

If comments made earlier this week by House Appropriations Chair, Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) hold true, the General Appropriations bill, the chief vehicle for the budget, could be introduced in the House sometime next...more

Hump Day Update

My head is spinning. Is yours? Happy Hump Day! Last night the Senate Finance Committee had an unusual - and unusual - evening meeting to take up it's version of HB 1030 - Omnibus Tax Changes. Two hours later the bill...more

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Would Make Significant Cuts To Mandatory Funding For Farm Bill

On May 20, 2014, the House Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies (House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee) and the Senate...more

Be Global - May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS: France: Finding a buyer before a shut down - the "Florange" law - As reported in February's Be Global, the French Government has introduced legislation (known as the "Florange" law) imposing an obligation...more

Pension News

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions News publication in which we report on recent developments in pensions legislation, guidance and case law, as well as keeping you up to speed on what to look out for in the coming months. This...more

Dewonkify: 302(b) Allocation

Definition: Each year, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees receive an overall funding allocation for the coming federal fiscal year. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees then, respectively, decide on how...more

How the 2014/2015 Budget Measures up for Employers

The 2014/2015 Federal Budget (Budget) has introduced a number of important reductions, incentives and clarifications impacting employer initiatives, employee remuneration and benefits and the legal framework in which...more

Appropriations Off to a Quick Start

One of the keys to last year's appropriations deal was setting the discretionary appropriations caps for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2015). The Senate has said that it will not consider a budget resolution this year as the...more

Australian Tax Update: Australian Budget 2014-2015

2014-2015 Australian Federal Budget - Government takes its first steps of tax reform in preparation for a broader comprehensive review of the Australian taxation system. INTRODUCTION - The Australian Coalition...more

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