This Week In Washington…
- Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore joined the field of Republicans seeking the nomination to represent the GOP next year’s presidential race. Looking Ahead: The crowded field is now at 17, a record.
- The official Republican presidential debates start next week in Cleveland, marking the first gathering of the expansive GOP field, which will feature the ever-controversial Donald Trump as a ratings booster. A frontrunner in the race, Trump vowed not to change his style for primetime: “I am what I am,” he said. Looking Ahead: The GOP debates will continue Sept. 16 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA
- The Pentagon awarded a contract worth as much as $9 billion to a consortium of companies led by Leidos to replace DoD’s health records system with a mostly-off-the-shelf IT product. Looking Ahead: The new system will eventually be rolled out to more than 1,000 sites around the world.
- Republicans are renewing their push to defund Planned Parenthood and a vote could come in the Senate as early Monday. Looking Ahead: They face an uphill battle, with Democrats united in opposing the defunding legislation and some Republicans expected to break ranks.
- North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows, who was relieved of his chairmanship over the Government Operations Subcommittee after defying the House leadership on a key vote, filed a “motion to vacate the chair” that would have stripped House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of his gavel. Looking Ahead: Boehner dismissed the motion as “no big deal” and nothing is likely to happen with it.
- Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the so called Spy Car Act legislation that would require automakers to develop hacking and privacy protections for their cars and trucks. The vulnerability came to light through a report in Wired, in which a car was successfully hacked. Looking Ahead: The bill would require the Federal Trade Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to set standards.
The Law: Proposed Rulemakings
- The Food and Drug Administration has reopened for 60 days the comment period on its proposed rule to revise the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels to allow public comments on two consumer studies being added to the administrative record.
- The FDA announced that a collection of information entitled, “Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Data on Tobacco Products and Communications” has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget.
- Scott Showalter has been named chairman of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and Gila Bronner and George Scott have been appointed to five-year terms as members of the board, beginning January 1, 2016.
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: Democrats 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, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, John Kasich and Jim Gilmore.
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