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Government Affairs News Round-Up

Government Affairs News Round-Up

December 14-18, 2015

 

Regulation & Legislation:

House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

                Source: Politico

Senate Sends 1.8T Deal To Obama

                Source: The Hill

House Approves $622B Tax Plan

                Source: The Hill

Spending Deal To Lift Oil Export Ban

                Source: The Hill

Paul Ryan Tells GOP: Budget Deal A Partial Victory

                Source: Politico

Commercial Drivers Get Added Protection Against Coercion In New FMCSA Rule

                Source: National Law Review

E.P.A. Broke The Law By Using Social Media To Push Water Rule, Auditor Finds

                Source: New York Times

Obama, Foxx Press For Higher Transportation Funding; FAST Act Draws Caveats

                Source: AASHTO Journal

Court Refuses To Overturn Air Pollution Rule Despite Supreme Court Defeat

                Source: The Hill

What’s Inside The $650B Tax Deal

                Source: The Hill

34-Hour Restart Regs Suspension Continued By 2016 Spending Bill

                Source: Commercial Carrier Journal

Dems Opposing, Not Whipping Against Tax Extenders

                Source: The Hill

Lawmakers Seek To Phase Out Bonus Depreciation

                Source: Commercial Carrier Journal

 

Transportation:

Gov. Robert Bentley Says He'll Support Gas Tax Increase

                Source: AL

OOIDA Hauls FMCSA Back Into Court Over Electronic Logs

                Source: Land Line Magazine

Virginia Tech To Study Trucker Safety Provision

                Source: Virginia Business

California Wants To Keep Autonomous Cars From Being Autonomous

                Source: The Verge

 

Infrastructure:

Funds Available, But US Ports Need To Invest Smarter

                Source: Journal of Commerce

 

Labor:

OSHA To Update Fines; Violators Could Face 80-Percent Increase

                Source: Lancaster Online

Democrats Resist Provision Blocking NLRB's Joint Employer Ruling

                Source: Reuters

Spending Bill Gives Labor Board Pass On 'Joint Employer' Rule

                Source: Washington Examiner

What Is “Available” Voter Contact Information Under The Quickie Election Rule Remains Unclear For Now

                Source: National Law Review

 

Resilient Construction:

Building Community Resilience; Everyone Pays If We Don’t

                Source: Naples Daily News

El Nino Could Ignite Amazon, Drench California

                Source: Scientific American

Coastal Erosion, Hurricane Could Cost Louisiana $133 Billion

            Source: Times-Picayune

Flood Recovery Will Stimulate South Carolina's 2016 Economy

                Source: The Herald

First Code Improvements Adopted Based On NIST Joplin Tornado           

                Source: Construction Magazine Network

 

Environment:

Countries Just Adopted A Historic Climate Change Accord. Here's What Happens Next

                Source: Washington Post

Trucks Hit Record 20.4 MPG, EPA Says; Carmakers Are Ahead Of Emissions Standards

                Source: NPR

 

Economy:

Renewable Energy Stocks Spike After Paris Climate Deal

                Source: The Hill

Nov. Construction Starts Down A Seasonal 2.5%

                Source: Construction Dive

Don't Expect Profit To Soar At U.S. Banks After Fed Raises Rates

                Source: Bloomberg

US Oil Breaks Below $35 On Inventories Data; Fed In Focus

                Source: Reuters

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate For First Time In Almost A Decade

                Source: New York Times

U.S. Housing Starts Surge, Permits Hit 5-Month High

                Source: Reuters

Why The Fed's Historic Rate Hike Is Good News And Bad News For The Economy

                Source: Los Angeles Times

Oil Prices Down Again On Fresh Supply Build Worry, Dollar Spike

                Source: Reuters

Leading US Economic Indicators Increased 0.4% In November

                Source: Bloomberg

 

Tax Reform:

Would Emerging Tax Bill Help A Code Overhaul Later? Maybe

                Source: Wall Street Journal

Ryan, McConnell: Obama Standing In The Way Of Tax Reform

                Source: The Hill

The Year's Largest Takeover Is 'Self-Help Tax Reform'

                Source: Business Insider

How Ryan’s Big Tax Deal Could Lead To Major Reform

                Source: The Fiscal Times

 

Government Spending:

Fiscal Deal Winners And Losers

                Source: The Hill

Spending Bill Keeps EPA Funding Flat In 2016

                Source: The Hill

Funds For Obama Climate Deal Survive In Spending Bill

                Source: The Hill

 

Politics:   

GOP Debate Winners And Losers

                Source: The Hill

Poll: Republicans say 2016 Isn't About Obama

                Source: USA Today

How Ted Cruz Plans To Win

                Source: The Hill

Poll: Clinton Would Sail To Win Over Trump

                Source: The Hill

Cruz Surges, And Trump Goes On The Attack

                Source: Roll Call

GOP Lawmakers Open Door To Brokered Convention

                Source: The Hill

Trump Hits New High In Poll

                Source: The Hill

Is Any ’16 Frontrunner Likable Enough?

                Source: Roll Call

Showdown In Vegas: Trump, Cruz Seek Upper Hand In Crucial Debate

                Source: The Hill

Polis Cleared By House Ethics Committee

                Source: Roll Call

Sanders Rips Trump, But Dems Say Problems Run Deeper

                Source: The Hill

Six Takeaways From The Fifth Republican Debate

                Source: USA Today

Trump Rules Out Third-Party Bid 'No Matter What'

                Source: The Hill

McCain Ends 2015 Without A Serious Challenge From Right

                Source: Roll Call

Republicans: Cruz Bigger Threat To Senate Majority Than Trump

                Source: Roll Call

Marco Rubio And Ted Cruz Diverge In Approach To Their Hispanic Identity

                Source: New York Times

Ted Cruz Is Winning The War With Trump Without Even Having A Battle

                Source: Bloomberg

Will GOP Candidates’ Strikingly Hawkish Stances Alienate Swing Voters?

                Source: Washington Post

And The GOP Nominee Will Be…

                Source: Roll Call

Paul Ryan Talks Up Return To Regular Order

                Source: Roll Call