This Week In Washington…
- The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is continuing to pick up steam, besting presumptive Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire in a new poll. Looking Ahead: Clinton continues to enjoy more than double Sanders’ support in national polls.
- New York Sen. Chuck Schumer angered many in the administration and elsewhere when he announced his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, but could that threaten his chances to become the next Democratic Senate leader? Looking Ahead: Schumer is considered the favorite to become the Senate’s top Democrat when Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) retires at the end of 2016.
- Four associations representing federal contractors sent a letter to the White House saying they “respectfully request that no further presidential directives primarily focused on government contractors be issued for the foreseeable future.” It was signed by the heads of the National Defense Industrial Association, the Aerospace Industries Association, the Professional Services Council and the IT Alliance for Public Sector. Looking Ahead: The groups said continued White House directives would further complicate the already complex federal acquisition process.
- Business leaders in Washington are bracing for a labor ruling they warn would redefine what constitutes an “employer” in the United States, exposing thousands of businesses to new liabilities and potentially upending entire industries. Looking Ahead: The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule by the end of the month.
- U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Nebraska shut down his blog after criticism from some in the legal community, but said federal judges and even Supreme Court justices would do “far more good than harm” if they publicly blogged and tweeted. Looking Ahead: Kopf said his decision to shut down “Hercules and the Umpire” was “irrevocable”
The Law: Proposed Rulemakings
- The National Credit Union Administration is issuing amendments to the regulation governing credit union capital planning and stress testing. The revisions to the regulation become effective January 1, 2016.
- The Department of Education is seeking comment on its information collection activities for its 2016-2017 Federal Student Aid application. Among other aspects, the department is especially interested in public comments that might minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents.
- The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations that provide rules for determining a taxable beneficiary’s basis in a term interest in a charitable remainder trust upon a sale or other disposition of all interests in the trust.
A quick and easy way to get info fast:
- For more on federal government rulemaking, visit the Federal Register
- Want to follow the 2016 presidential sweepstakes? All the polling data you’ll need is a click away.
- 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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