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: , , , , , , , , , |


  • 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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