This Week In Washington…
- The Iran nuclear deal is likely to dominate the agenda on Capitol Hill for the next 60 days, with Republicans saying the deal will not achieve its goal of curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama said he will veto legislation aimed at killing the deal. Looking Ahead: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said hearings will start shortly.
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined the race for the GOP nomination for president, bringing the Republican field to an even 15. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is leading the pack. Looking Ahead: Still out there, but undeclared, are Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
- House Speaker John Boehner reportedly told fellow Republicans during a closed-door meeting that no spending bills will move in the House until GOP lawmakers figure out what to do about the controversy over the Confederate flag. Looking Ahead: The Democrats are expected to continue to try and make the appropriations bills toxic to conservatives by inserting language about the controversial flag.
- A month after the Transportation Security Administration was embarrassed by its poor performance in a security audit, the agency is planning more robust screening of passengers, which will mean longer lines at airports. Looking Ahead: The new plan will require more hand-wanding of passengers, more use of bomb-sniffing dogs and more random testing of luggage and travelers for traces of explosives.
- Three bills are pending in Congress that would address cybersecurity issues that are making Americans worried about sharing information with the federal government, but all are stalled. Looking Ahead: Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Republican leaders are hoping to move one of the measures during first week of August.
The Law: Proposed Rulemakings
- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is proposing to amend 12 CFR part 327 to refine the deposit insurance assessment system for established small banks that have been federally insured for at least five years.
- The Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting amendments to its regulations under the Freedom of Information Act to allow it to collect fees that reflect its actual costs, add an appeals time frame that will create a more practical and systematic administrative process and clarify other issues in the regulations.
- This Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation issued a regulation on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans to prescribe interest assumptions under the regulation for valuation dates in August 2015.
- 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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