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This Week In Washington…

Posted on June 25, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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  • The Supreme Court handed President Obama a major victory by upholding Obamacare, the signature achievement of his six years in office. Looking Ahead: Opponents and supporters of Obamacare are reacting and plotting strategies to address the issue, with an eye toward the 2016 elections.
  • Looks like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is about to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination. He’s hired two new staffers in New Hampshire and longtime aide Maria Comella left the governor’s office for a senior position at his political action committee. Looking Ahead: Christie’s announcement is expected next week.
  • President Obama’s controversial trade agenda cleared a major hurdle as the Senate sided with the president on a pair of key votes. Looking Ahead: This could clear the way for approval of Obama’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Despite calls from President Obama and a chorus of lawmakers for new gun control measures in the wake of a mass shooting at a church in South Carolina, action remains unlikely. Looking Ahead: Still, some Democrats are expected to push the issue with Obama’s backing.
  • Conservative House members who have refused to toe the party line are facing the wrath of House Speaker John Boehner and the House GOP leadership. Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado is the latest victim, being stripped of his position as GOP freshman class president. Looking Ahead: Buck is expected to highlight the incident in fund raising appeals to conservatives.
  • A spending bill proposed by Senate Republicans calls for cuts to community health centers, national service, and preschool, but would boost the National Institutes of Health budget by $2 billion and increase spending for Amtrak. Looking Ahead: The massive $153 billion measure faces a veto threat from the White House.

The Law: Proposed Rule makings

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 from their campaign websites: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders and Republicans Ted CruzRand PaulMarco RubioMike HuckabeeCarly FiorinaBen CarsonRick SantorumGeorge PatakiRick PerryLindsey GrahamJeb Bush and Donald Trump

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on June 17, 2015. Filed under: capitol hill, congress, federal register, federal regulations, law, lawyers, legal, lobbying, politics, washington | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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  • Two more candidates joined the race for the GOP presidential nomination, one expected, one not so much. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former presidents, surprised no one by declaring. A day later, billionaire Donald Trump made good on his many past threats and tossed his hat into the ringLooking Ahead: That brings the total number of Republican candidates to 12, two more than can participate in coming debates.
  • Senate Democrats are pushing the Republican majority to produce a long-term plan to finance building and repairing the nation’s highways and bridges. And they want it done within the next 45 days. Looking Ahead: The short term funding bill passed in May expires in July.
  • Could some 4 million victims of the latest hack of federal government data sue the government? It’s not easy, but it could be an option for current and former federal workers whose personal information was captured recently by Chinese hackers. Lawmakers blamed the breach on gross neglect by the Office of Personnel Management. Looking Ahead: The government is taking the breach seriously, offering victims identity theft insurance policies worth up to $1 million.
  • The House voted to extend existing trade legislation, giving President Obama and his unusual coalition made up mostly of Republicans more time to convince his own party members to back a stalled package of trade bills. The road ahead will hardly be easy for the president and his allies. Looking Ahead: GOP lawmakers are working on a new plan to pass the legislation.
  • It’s been 25 years since the very first electronic version of a Supreme Court decision was made public. It was a huge step, made possible only after the court was convinced that electronic distribution of opinions was the wave of the future. The National Law Journal looks back. Looking Ahead: Traffic on the SCOTUS website is likely to spike when it issues its decision in the Obamacare challenge

The Law: Proposed Rulemakings

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 on the declared presidential candidates from their campaign websites: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders and Republicans Ted CruzRand PaulMarco RubioMike HuckabeeCarly FiorinaBen CarsonRick SantorumGeorge PatakiRick PerryLindsey GrahamJeb Bush and Donald Trump

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on June 11, 2015. Filed under: capitol hill, congress, federal register, federal regulations, law, lawyers, legal, lobbying, politics, washington | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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  • President Obama’s trade deals for the Pacific Rim countries and Europe continue to marinate on Capitol Hill and the outcome could have major impacts on U.S. businesses, large and small. Trade deals make for strange bedfellows, with the Republicans in the uneasy position of trying to convince labor-backed Democrats to go along with the president. Looking Ahead: A vote on the Pacific Rim package in the House could come Friday.
  • How many presidential candidates is too many? Eleven, according to Fox and CNN. The networks will host debates starting in August and said they will not allow more than 10 candidates to participate, based on polling numbers. There could be as many as 15 candidates in the Republican race by then. Looking Ahead: New Hampshire GOP officials are seeking more inclusive debates.
  • It seems every week brings new reports of cyber security breakdowns and this week was no exception with the announcement that personal information on 4 million current and former federal workers was compromised by Chinese hackers. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was feeling the wrath of the federal workforce on its Facebook page. Looking Ahead: The OPM will contact the affected personnel…via email.
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted on bank fraud charges related to paying someone to conceal “prior misconduct,” pleaded not guilty in a Chicago Court. Originally represented by Barry Wm. Levine, high profile white collar crime attorney Thomas Green will now defend him in court. Looking Ahead: Hastert could face an uphill battle to prove his innocence.
  • Dan Danner, for years one of Washington’s top lobbyists for small business, is stepping down as president and CEO of National Federation of Independent Business at the end of the year. Looking Ahead: Executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been tasked with finding his replacement.

The Law: Proposed Rulemakings

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 from their campaign websites: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders and Republicans Ted CruzRand PaulMarco Rubio, Mike HuckabeeCarly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on June 4, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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President Barack Obama, with Elise Shemin-Roth and Ina Judith Bass, daughters of Army Sergeant William Shemin, reads while signing the Medal of Honor Certificate and Citation in the Oval Office, prior to awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. Shemin for conspicuous gallantry during World War I, during a ceremony in the East Room, June 2, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Elise Shemin-Roth and Ina Judith Bass, daughters of Army Sergeant William Shemin, reads while signing the Medal of Honor Certificate and Citation in the Oval Office, prior to awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. Shemin for conspicuous gallantry during World War I, during a ceremony in the East Room, June 2, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act into law, ending a spirited debate in the Senate over revisions to the government’s sweeping intelligence-gathering powers. Looking Ahead: The government’s bulk collection of private telephone records will end in six months.
  • An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General found Transportation Safety Administration screeners failed to detect threats 95 percent of the time. Acting TSA director Melvin Carraway was quickly reassigned. Looking Ahead: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced new procedures including random covert testing and intensive training and equipment checks. (I read and heard that Carraway was re-assigned. Cannot find where he resigned, do you have something?)
  • John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, blamed the theft of tax returns for 104,000 Americans on global hackers. Looking Ahead: The Senate Finance Committee has begun and an ongoing investigation to determine who is to blame for the breach.
  • House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted on bank fraud charges related to paying someone to conceal “prior misconduct,” is being represented by criminal defense attorney Barry Wm. Levine of Dickstein Shapiro’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations Practice. Looking Ahead: It’s not clear if Levine will be Hastert’s lead counsel or is just representing him.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court took another foray into the murky world of Internet law, issuing a ruling that would make it harder for authorities to convict people who make violent statements on Facebook. Here the court’s own Facebook Looking Ahead: Justice Clarence Thomas said the decision was more confusing than enlightening, so don’t be surprised if the court re-visits this and many other emerging aspect of online law.
  • Two more long shots entered the presidential race: former Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the crowded Republican field and Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican and senator and governor from Rhode Island, joined the Democratic race.

The Law: Proposed Rulemakings

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 from their campaign websites: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Lincoln Chafee and Republicans Ted CruzRand PaulMarco Rubio, Mike HuckabeeCarly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Perry

Follow Caren Z. Turner @ https://twitter.com/CarenZTurner

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