This Week In Washington…

Posted on May 21, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


The late, great B.B. King was no stranger to Washington. Here, he plays at the Capitol during a Memorial Day show in 2011.

The late, great B.B. King was no stranger to Washington. Here, he plays at the Capitol during a Memorial Day show in 2011.

  • “I want those emails out.” That’s what Hillary Clinton said this week in agreeing with a federal judge who wants her emails released quicker than the government had proposed. The State Department planned to release the emails all at once by January, 2016. But this week, a federal judge said the emails from Clinton’s private server when she was secretary of state should be rolled out to the public as they are ready. Looking Ahead: The judge gave the State Department until May 26 to produce a new schedule for the release.
  • Expect a flurry of new entrants into the presidential sweepstakes, especially on the GOP side where Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and long shot former New York Governor George Pataki all are poised to make announcments. One Democrat, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, is also expected to make his intentions known. Looking Ahead: Expect announcements during the first week of June.
  • The Senate Banking Committee remains split over legislation to reform the nation’s banking system. Details of a bill by the panel’s chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) began circulating last week, including proposed changes to the Federal Reserve system and an easing of mortgage rules. The Democrats, led by the panel’s ranking member, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), countered with their own version this week. Looking Ahead: Expect sparks to fly when hearings begin on the legislation shortly.
  • Legislation is advancing in Congress that would end bulk collection of phone records by the NSA and prevent key provisions of the Patriot Act from expiring on June 1. The so-called USA Freedom Act passed the House last week, 338-88. Looking Ahead: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) says the Senate will vote on the measure before the end of the month.
  • Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker and presidential candidate, will join Dentons’ lobbying group as a senior advisor. The 71-year-old Gingrich is not a lawyer and has never formally acted as a lobbyist. Looking Ahead: Gingrich will become part of the firm’s public policy and regulation practice.

 The Law: Proposed Rulemakings

  • The final text of regulations governing practice and procedure for proceedings before the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Lawhas been published.
  • The deadline to submit comments to the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force on cybersecurity issues to be addressed by a multistakeholder process has been extended from May 18 until May 27.
  • The Surface Transportation Board is commencing a proceeding to define “on-time performance” for purposes of Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.

Resources: A quick and easy way to get info fast:

  1. For more on federal government rulemaking, visit the Federal Register
  2. Want to follow the 2016 presidential sweepstakes? All the polling data you’ll need is a click away.
  3. Get the latest from the declared presidential candidates: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and Republicans Ted CruzRand PaulMarco Rubio, Mike HuckabeeCarly Fiorina, and Ben Carson

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