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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


  • 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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