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  • Gavel Down

    GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

    Puerto Rico defaulted on largest debt payment so far, as lawmakers work on new legislative solution to the island’s debt crisis. Several much anticipated rules (proposed and final) were released this week. Treasury Department announced efforts to stem tax fraud, largely in response to Panama Papers. House and Senate were on recess, working back home; both…

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  • Gavel Down

    GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

    The House passed a bill to expedite FDA review of Zika treatments. The Senate made progress on FAA reauthorization. The encryption debate enters a new stage with the release of a draft Senate bill. And, just in time for tax day, the House Ways and Means committee advanced four bills related to IRS operations. Top Search on…

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    Weekly Update

    WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

    For the first time in a month, the House and Senate are back in at the same time. The Senate will continue working on a two-year FAA reauthorization (without the airplane legroom amendment) and the House will dive into financial regulations, homeland and border security, and potential limits on the FCC. It will also take…

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  • Gavel Down

    GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the week in Congress

    Senate returned from recess; House is out until April 12. Senate passed trade secrets bill and began considering FAA reauthorization bill. Senate HELP committee advanced medical innovation bills, lining up floor votes for companion legislation to House-passed bill. Obama Administration released final "fiduciary rule" for investment advisors, with several lawmakers commenting on current legislation and pledging…

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  • POPVOX Weekly Update_The Week Ahead in Congress_March_21_25_2016
    Weekly Update

    WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

    It's another short week. The Senate is out. The House will vote to align standards for the review of mergers and acquisitions and a bill to prevent travel by foreign combatants. Also up: Encouraging NSF investments in projects for women in STEM and bill to encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace, space science and exploration,…

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  • Gavel Down

    GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the week in Congress

    The President announced a Supreme Court nominee and found common ground with the House in calling actions by ISIS "genocide." The House Budget Committee approved a proposal. The Senate failed to advance an GMO labeling bill. Top Search on POPVOX this week: "HUMAN TRAFFICKING"   H.R. 3381 CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT President Obama nominated Merrick…

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  • POPVOX Weekly Update_The Week Ahead in Congress_March_14_18_2016
    Weekly Update

    WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

    The House returns and will take up bills to officially call violence by ISIS "genocide", to grant observer status to Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization, and to address several technical issues related to regulated utilities and broadband.  Condemning violence by ISIS as "genocide," calling for war crimes tribunal A provision in last year's Omnibus bill…

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  • Gavel Down

    GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

    The House was on recess and electoral politics ruled the headlines. Meanwhile in the Senate, a sweeping bill to combat opioid abuse passed 94-1, and an FAA reauthorization bill was introduced. Top Search on POPVOX this week: "Gun"   Most active bill on POPVOX this week: [US] H.R. 3929 OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT…

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  • Gavel Down

    Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress

    Top Search on POPVOX this week:  "firearms" Most Active Bill on POPVOX this week:  H.R. 2406: Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (Passed House 242-161)   SHARE Act Advances in the House On Friday afternoon, the House passed the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 2406) by a vote of 242-161. As we noted, the…

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  • Gavel Down

    Gavel Down: Closing Out the Week in Congress

    Senate passed a bill calling for greater sanctions on North Korea. It will get reconciled with the House version before another round of votes. House passed a bill to address the Flint Water Crisis. Supreme Court halted the President's Climate Plan. And the "Judicial Redress" and Customs Enforcement bills are headed to the President. Meanwhile, a…

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