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Infrastructure Acceleration Effort Takes First Step in Right Direction – President Signs Executive Order to Streamline...

As has been widely discussed over the past decade, the U.S. transportation and energy infrastructures—from highways and bridges to airports, rail and ports to power generation and distribution—have seen a significant...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

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US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 20

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McConnell Sets Next Senate Vote for Sept. 5 (The Washington Post). House Set to Bundle 8 Leftover Spending Bills in September: Republicans are set to tackle remaining appropriations bills after returning from August recess,...more

August 2017 Is Here – Will FDARA Get Done Soon?

It has been some time since we provided a detailed update on the status of FDA’s user fee legislation making its way through Congress, so that’s what is on tap for today. The House passed the lengthy FDA Reauthorization Act...more

Budget and Appropriations Negotiations Will Likely Last Through September

by Baker Donelson on

The House Appropriations Committee is quickly working its way through the 12 appropriations bills that will fund the government for the 2018 fiscal year. At this point, all 12 appropriations subcommittees have completed their...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 19

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House Passes Spending Bill That Includes Over $1 Billion in Border-Wall Funding: The House passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall...more

White House Releases Policy Statement Calling For Elimination Of Federal Funding For FDA’s Pre-Market Review Costs

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The White House released a statement of administration policy on July 12 in response to the House of Representatives passing H.R. 2430, a bill that would reauthorize the FDA’s user fee programs, including FDA’s biosimilar...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 18

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The Senate Appropriations Committee Did Three Things This Week: Marked up the FY2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, a measure to fund the nation’s priorities for energy development, research, and water...more

Reducing barriers to new entrants to the banking sector

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The Government announced in the 2017-18 Budget that it will act to reduce regulatory barriers to entry for new and innovative entrants to the banking system....more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 7

All eyes are on the Senate at the moment as efforts to round-up support for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) continue. Developments over the past week are summarized below....more

Environmental Law: H.R. 2936 a Solution to Fire-borrowing?

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The federal House Natural Resources Committee (HNRC) recently passed H.R. 2936, a bill to improve the overall health of forests and other lands across the country. The bill was introduced by Bruce Westerman (R-AK), who is...more

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and...more

Client Alert: The First Six Months of the Trump Administration: Will Trump Successfully Deregulate U.S. EPA?

During the campaign, Donald Trump made clear one priority would be deregulating federal agencies should he win the presidency. In particular, Candidate Trump stated U.S. EPA was at the top of his list for deregulation. In...more

Report Commissioned by Rex Tillerson Recommends Homeland Security Assume Control of Issuing U.S. Visas

In a report commissioned by Department of State Secretary Rex Tillerson, Insigniam Holding, an international management consulting firm, recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take over control of...more

Washington, D.C. Update – June 2017

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Having returned from its Memorial Day recess, Congress now enters one of the longest continuous work periods of the year and – with the exception of the week of the Fourth of July – will likely be in session until the end of...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 14

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House Budget Writers Reach Tentative Agreement: The House Budget Committee is planning to unveil a long-awaited budget resolution next week calling for a spending boost to the Pentagon alongside cuts to domestic programs,...more

Debt Limit Deadline May Be Reached Earlier Than Expected

by Baker Donelson on

On March 16, the debt limit ceiling suspension agreed to in the lead up to the 2016 elections officially expired, meaning the U.S. government can no longer take on additional debt until the ceiling is raised. Currently, the...more

Healthcare Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – June 2017 #3

Welcome back everybody. In general, this week insurers will submit their applications for participating in the Marketplace for 2018. After this we will begin to find out where the insurance deserts are and how much rates will...more

Budget and Appropriations Proceeds Slowly

by Baker Donelson on

Since President Trump's budget proposal was released last month, the budget and appropriations process has proceeded slowly, as Republican budget writers continue negotiations over how to approach modifying the 2011 Budget...more

Safety Agencies’ FY 2018 Budgets Survive Despite Significant Labor Department Budget Cuts

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In its fiscal year 2018 budget, the Trump Administration recommended $543.3 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a decrease of about two percent from the fiscal year 2017 $552.8 million funding...more

“Strong, Secured, Engaged”: Canada Issues Its Long-Term Defence Policy

On June 7, 2017, the federal government unveiled its new defence policy, outlining its plan to increase the annual defence budget by 73 per cent over the next decade, from C$18.9-billion in 2016–17 to C$32.7-billion by...more

Trump Administration’s DHS FY2018 Budget Request, Increase on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Funding

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The Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was recently released and highlights proposed funding increases across the DHS, including U.S. Customs and Border...more

US Arctic oil from ANWR Section 1002?

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President Trump's first proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 includes a line item for "Lease oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)". According to the budget proposal, opening ANWR to oil and gas leasing...more

USDOT Seeks Input on Unnecessary Rules and Policies Impeding Transportation Infrastructure Projects

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced today that it has initiated a review of its existing policies, guidance documents and regulations to identify “unnecessary obstacles to” transportation infrastructure...more

Senate reintroduces resident rotator legislation, other GME-related Washington updates

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With the recent change of administration and a new congressional session beginning in 2017, medical education stakeholders have been watching closely for any signs on the political horizon regarding federal GME funding. Below...more

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