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The Weekly Hill Update

By: Adam J. Higgins Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES Democrats continue to struggle to find a path forward on President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda, both on infrastructure and on the separate multitrillion-dollar plan to … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

By: Adam J. Higgins Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES Congress last week managed to keep the government open and reauthorize federal transportation programs for the near term, but little else was resolved, and this … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

By: Adam J. Higgins Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES Congressional Democrats are braced for “a time of intensity” this week as they hope to keep the government open, approve bipartisan infrastructure legislation, and reach … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES Both chambers are in session together for the first time since July, as the Democratic Congress faces the most significant legislative crunch in years. In the next 10 days, … Continue Reading

Not So Fast: Why Congress May Not Raise Taxes This Year

When Democrats won the Georgia Senate elections in January, giving the party control of Washington for the first time in more than a decade, progressive lawmakers began promoting a series of sweeping tax increases that they said would help pay for trillions of dollars in planned new spending. With their newfound majorities, Democrats could fast-track … Continue Reading

House Democrats Urge Funding Boost for Wall Street’s ‘Cop on the Beat’

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters is calling on Congress to increase funding for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversight of Wall Street’s “regulatory and market structure weak points.” With SEC Chairman Gary Gensler signaling stepped-up enforcement of public companies and other SEC registrants, Democrats on Capitol Hill are leveraging their majority status to … Continue Reading

Daunting Deadlines: Congress’ To-Do List on Expiring Laws

While Washington is rushing to enact COVID-19 funding before the mid-March expiration of enhanced federal unemployment benefits, lawmakers face a host of upcoming policy deadlines that will require congressional action. House and Senate Democrats hope to address some of these deadlines in the next coronavirus relief bill, but other provisions will be addressed in other … Continue Reading

Congress Grants SEC New Authority in Securities Fraud Cases

Congress voted to give the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sweeping new authority to prosecute violations by creating a 10-year statute of limitations for the agency to seek disgorgement of ill-gotten gains from securities fraud. A 1934 law had limited the SEC to seek disgorgement as a civil remedy only in administrative proceedings. But the … Continue Reading

Congress Targets $2.3 Trillion COVID-19 Relief, Government Funding Package

Congress is scheduled to wrap up legislative business only days before Christmas by voting on a $2.3 trillion package of COVID-19 relief and government spending amid reports that coronavirus infections are spiking nationwide and as the first vaccines are being distributed. The legislation – the product of furious last-minute negotiations that stalled passage for days … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: Congress’ Risk to Public Companies

Companies large and small are scrambling to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including understanding the emerging economic risks that could affect their profits, their operations and even their very existence. Add another burden to public companies’ growing roster of risks: Congress. As lawmakers and the Trump administration prepare additional legislative responses to the crisis, there … Continue Reading

WASHINGTON: 5 THINGS TO WATCH IN 2020

1. 2020: More of the same or next-level craziness? Despite a series of near-cataclysmic political events throughout 2019 – from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to President Donald Trump’s impeachment – the overall political environment remained largely stable during the year. For example, at … Continue Reading

Mueller, 2020 Politics Undermine Efforts at Bipartisanship in 2019

Fresh-from-the-campaign idealism will collide with old-fashioned partisanship on Capitol Hill today as more than 100 first-time lawmakers are sworn in and the 116th Congress is gaveled into session. As if Republicans and Democrats needed more reasons to fuel the partisan standoff that has dominated Washington in recent years and led to the current partial government … Continue Reading

Midterm Election Preview Webinar

Will Republicans lose their majority in the House in next month’s midterm elections but gain seats in the Senate? Can Democrats sweep and win both the House and Senate? Or will Republicans defy the odds – and history – by maintaining their congressional majorities? We’ll discuss all the key House and Senate campaigns, the latest … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

This week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update” includes the latest on a pending Senate vote on opioid legislation as Congress races to enact a response to the crisis before the November election; the Senate votes to expand Sunshine Act disclosure requirements; and a key House Republican backs requiring drug manufacturers to include prices in their ads; … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the federal policy team’s weekly preview, published each week that Congress is in session. HEADLINES • The House will continue working through appropriations bills and also plans to take up legislation to reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA). • The Senate plans to clear broad legislation addressing opioid abuse, and the debate over … Continue Reading
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