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Tackling Tax Reform – Part II: The Legislative Process

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On April 11, 2017, we discussed what constitutes Tax Reform. In this blog post, we will explore the process by which Tax Reform will likely be created. After reading this post, if it seems to you that the legislative process...more

. . . And Then They Invoked the Nuclear Option: Gorsuch’s Nomination to be Confirmed

On April 6, 2017, Senate Republicans invoked the nuclear option - clearing the road for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch. As a result, Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States is...more

Will Congress Overhaul Class Action Practice? A Quick Look at the Proposed Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

In 2016, House Republicans sponsored legislation aimed at curbing “no injury” class actions, which was supported by testimony from DRI, among others. The legislation passed the House but died in the Senate. Earlier this month...more

Replacing The Affordable Care Act: A Reality Infusion

by Dentons on

During the course of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly promised to repeal and replace President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Certainly the Republican Party's continuing...more

Will President-Elect Trump and the Republican-Led Congress Repeal the BPCIA?

by Goodwin on

As we have previously reported, Donald Trump’s election to the presidency and the maintenance of majorities by the Republican Party in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have led to questions about the fate of...more

Seyfarth’s Analysis of the Short-Term Impact of the Election on Business and Employment-based Immigration

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Trump Administration will have the power to make significant changes to the business immigration landscape. Here is what we can expect. Immigration issues have become more important than ever for...more

If Obamacare’s Days are Numbered, What’s Next? Trumpcare.

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Affordable Care Act has withstood 62 repeal attempts by the House of Representatives and several challenges brought to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, with Donald Trump as President and a new Republican-led House and...more

Giving Recognition Where It’s Due

by Planet Depos, LLC on

On June 15, democratic senators took to the floor and filibustered for more than 14 hours straight over gun control reforms. As usual, social media users took to their accounts, tweeting their opinions and updates on the...more

SC Public Policy Update - March #1

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The three-week filibuster on the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act (H.3579) ended late Wednesday night when lawmakers agreed via a party line vote (24-16) to move...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Senate last week approved an amendment to the South Carolina Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and gave the bill second reading. The Senate also returned the proposed body camera legislation to the House with...more

USA Freedom Act Filibustered: Debate Over National Surveillance And Government Data Collection Likely Scuttled Until Next Year

by King & Spalding on

The USA Freedom Act was blocked in the Senate on November 18 when the sponsors could not obtain cloture, the 60 votes needed to shut down debate and obtain a vote on the bill. The bill addressed the limits of government data...more

Filibuster rule change: an explanation for Director Cordray’s confirmation?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Numerous media sources have reported that Senate Democrats “went nuclear” today and, by a vote of 52-48, voted to change Senate filibuster rules to only require 51 (a simple majority) rather than 60 votes for most...more

Impasse on CFPB Director Resolved

by Baker Donelson on

One of the most unsettled issues facing mortgage servicers and lenders has been the uncertainty regarding the host of new regulatory rules regarding loan servicing and origination set to go into effect on January 10, 2014....more

Agreement Not To Filibuster Nominations For Secretary Of Labor And NLRB Avoids “Nuclear Option” In The Senate, But Poses “Time...

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate avoided the “nuclear option” on pending nominations for Secretary of Labor-Designate Thomas Perez and for a package of nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). ...more

Nuclear Stand Down: Senate Compromise Paves Way for Full Complement of Pro-Labor Controlled NLRB

by Fisher Phillips on

A bold threat by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to change Senate filibuster rules to reduce the number of votes necessary to approve Executive branch nominees – the so-called “nuclear option” – helped to ensure...more

The House Takes Action on Energy Legislation, and Senate Leader Forces Vote on Presidential Nominations – ML Strategies Weekly...

The House took the lead on energy issues last week. On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 2609, the FY14 Energy and Water Appropriations bill; the package includes $30.4 billion in funding, including $24.6 billion for the...more

Let’s Make a Deal!

Reportedly there is a tentative deal between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate which will avoid the so-called “nuclear option” of eliminating filibusters of certain Presidential nominations....more

Senate appears poised to confirm Richard Cordray as Director of the CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

I heard from many media sources that a “deal” has been struck in the Senate which will result in Richard Cordray being confirmed by the Senate as Director of the CFPB for a 5-year term....more

Senate votes in favor of cloture for confirmation of Richard Cordray as Director of the CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate voted 71-29 in favor of cloture. That means that the Republicans will not use the threat of the filibuster to block a confirmation vote in the Senate of Richard Cordray’s nomination by President Obama to be...more

Will Senator Reid “go nuclear”? Observers see even odds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

According to Isaac Boltansky of Compass Point, “the rubber will hit the road” tomorrow morning on whether Senator Harry Reid will “go nuclear” and seek to change Senate filibuster rules to only require 51 rather than 60 votes...more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- January 28, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - The week began with the theater of official Washington appearing to...more

DREAM Act Suspended by Filibuster

by Ronald Shapiro on

The Development, Relief and Education for Minors Act (the “DREAM Act”), which would grant conditional legal status to young, undocumented immigrants who are pursuing college educations or serving in the U.S. military, came up...more

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