State of the Union

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Did The State Of The Union Matter For Employers?

The short answer: not really. This year’s State of the Union Address, delivered by a lame-duck President to a hostile Congress, contained ideas that, if enacted, would surely affect American employers. But in the end, the...more

Energy and State of the Union 2015

President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. In his remarks as prepared for delivery, he addressed energy-related themes including the growth of U.S. energy resource production and...more

2015 State of the Union: Cyber, Data and Privacy Issues

President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of cybersecurity, data security and privacy to his 2015 agenda: "No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our...more

State of the Union Surprise: President Targets Inherited Assets in Middle-Class Tax Reform

After the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, many in the estate planning community thought that tax law dealing with estates and trusts was settled for some time. President Obama’s earlier budget proposals calling for a...more

Cybersecurity and Privacy in State of the Union Address

As expected in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama made it very clear that cybersecurity is on his agenda for 2015. After stating that: “No foreign nation, no hacker should be able to shut down...more

The State Of The Union In 2015 - What To Expect From The 114th Congress

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 114th Congress. Given six years to the day of his first Inaugural Address, this was his first address to a...more

#SOTU2015: Employment, Immigration, Cyber Safety, and Education in a New Era

On the evening of January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives with Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, the president’s...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

State of the Union Talking Points from the White House

The President is going to talk directly to the American people about restoring security for middle class families after a lost decade of declining wages, eroding retirement security and escalating health care and tuition...more

Opposition Politics + Peña’s State of the Union = Governability and Growth?

Two early September events in Mexico – a PRD leadership election and the President’s State of the Union Address – suggest the persistence of productive executive-legislative relations through the end of 2014 and the revival...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - March 2014

In This Issue: - President Obama Highlights Manufacturing And Trade Issues In The State Of The Union Address - United States And EU Join 11 Other Countries In Launching Negotiations To Liberalize Trade In Green...more

President Obama Highlights Manufacturing And Trade Issues In The State Of The Union Address

Only forty-five seconds elapsed before President Obama addressed American manufacturing in his State of the Union speech to Congress on January 28. The President acknowledged the hard work of the U.S. automotive industry...more

MyRA Will Offer Retirement Accounts to Employees Without Access Through Employers

It is estimated that nearly half of American employees do not have access to retirement plans sponsored by their employers. President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would be ordering the Department...more

U.S. Department of Treasury Directed to Create "myRA"

New Retirement Savings Account Aimed at those Without Access to Such Plans Through Their Employer - President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would be ordering the Department of the Treasury...more

ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of February 3, 2014

President Obama used his annual State of the Union address January 28 to call for a year of action on a broad array of issues, highlighting energy efforts and his climate action plan amongst 12 executive actions he hopes to...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 4, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

U.S. Federal Government Update: Didn’t catch the State of the Union speech last night? Not a problem. We watched for you. Here’s...

The Elevator Speech Overview - On Tuesday evening, President Obama went from “Yes, We Can” to “Yes, I can” and from bold to bite size policy initiatives in his sixth State of the Union (SOTU) address. Focusing...more

State of the (Solar) Union

Viewers of President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening may have noticed the President making a strong, albeit brief, statement in support of solar energy in the United States. ...more

President Obama Announces Executive Order Raising Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

In his fifth State of the Union speech, President Obama announced that he planned to issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 per hour, up from the current federal...more

Patents and the State of the Union -- A Response

It may come as no surprise, but on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, President Obama highlighted innovation and the patent system during his State of the Union address...more

President Obama's Fifth State of the Union Address – A Little Something for Everyone

As required by Article II, Section 3, of the United States Constitution, President Obama appeared last night before members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Judiciary, certain members of his...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 30, 2014

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to pass a reauthorization for the Water Resources Development Act. President Obama also called for corporate tax reform as a method to finance...more

Morgan Lewis Analysis: The 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama used the opening of his State of the Union address to acknowledge the current political divide in Washington. One of his first attempts to move the government from partisanship to partnership was a brief...more

SOTU "Minimum Wage" Announcement: What Does It Mean?

Considerable concern and confusion has arisen from President Obama's State of the Union announcement that he will raise the minimum wage for individuals working on federal contracts to $10.10 per hour. Until it is possible to...more

Analysis: The State of the Union in 2014

INTRODUCTION - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 113th Congress. In setting forth his priorities for the remainder of the year, he...more

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