This Week In Washington…
- The White House and a large bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would speed the availability of safe and more effective treatments for patients by taking full advantage of the latest science. But the White House said the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) should deal more effectively with sequestration and other issues. Looking Ahead: The House is expected to vote on the bill, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), shortly.
- Jim Webb, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and former secretary of the Navy who opposed the Iraq War as a member of the Senate from Virginia, threw his hat into the ring for the Democratic presidential nomination, joining Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders Looking Ahead: Webb faces an uphill battle, as he is barely registering in most polls.
- The process of closing U.S. military bases, known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, can be painful for local communities, but they want the government to get on with it. In a recent poll of its members, The Association of Defense Communities found 91 percent would prefer another BRAC to the status quo.
- Tom Rice (R-S.C.) has proposed legislation that would increase the federal gas tax by 10 cents-per-gallon to help pay for transportation projects across the nation. The tax would be offset by a $133 income tax credit. Looking Ahead: The latest patch to close the transportation funding gap expires July 31 and Congress is looking for a permanent fix.
- Senate Republicans had vowed to try and kill Obamacare using a budget tool called reconciliation this summer, but a lack of unity within the GOP has kept the plan on the shelf. Looking Ahead: The next step would for the leadership to draw up reconciliation plans, but that hasn’t happened yet.
The Law: Proposed Rulemakings
- The Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization announced the opportunity for business centered community-based organizations, transportation-related trade associations, colleges and universities, community colleges or chambers of commerce, registered as 501 C(6) or 501 C(3) tax-exempt organizations, to compete for participation in the Small Business Transportation Resource Center program in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware).
- The Health Resources and Services Administration is publishing a notice of petitions received under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, as required under the Public Health Service Act.
- The Federal Communications Commission announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for a period of three years, certain information collection requirements associated with rules to improve wireless coverage through the use of signal boosters.
Resources: A quick and easy way to get info fast:
- For more on federal government rulemaking, visit the Federal Register
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- Get the latest from the declared presidential candidates from their campaign websites: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb; and Republicans Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush,Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie
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