State of the Union

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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

ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of January 27, 2014

While Congress was in recess last week, many Obama Administration and Congressional officials traveled to Davos, Switzerland, to participate in the annual World Economic Forum. About a third of the panels addressed climate...more

Minimum Wage Increase via Executive Order for Federal Contract Workers

In tonight's State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to announce an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Raising the minimum wage has been a plank in the...more

President Obama Expected To Increase Minimum Wage For Federal Contractor Employees

President Obama is expected to announce at his State of the Union address that he will issue an executive order to increase the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The anticipated...more

Previewing energy issues in Obama's 2014 State of the Union

President Obama will deliver his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28, at 9 PM (Eastern). His audience -- Congress, as well as millions of people in the United States and elsewhere -- will listen closely for...more

With the State of the Union Likely To Highlight Gender Equality, It is Time to Ask Whether Your Organization is on Track for a...

It has been almost eight years since the United States Supreme Court decided the Lilly Ledbetter case under Title VII and six years since President Obama invited Ledbetter to attend his State of the Union address. You may or...more

Infrastructure Alert - February 26, 2013

Following President Obama’s State of the Union call for a national infrastructure policy, the White House released this fact sheet, providing some details of the plan thus far. The fact sheet outlines calls for cutting red...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Government Accountability...more

Utilities Sector To Be a Focus of Executive Order Directing Development of Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework

Little more than a week after reports of cyber attacks targeted at the Department of Energy, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that these forms of...more

President Obama Touts Refinancing Plan in State of the Union Address

In his State of the Union Address on February 12, 2013, President Obama called on Congress to make it easier for families to refinance their mortgages. Specifically, the President urged Congress to pass refinancing...more

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