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Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans

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Federal Courts Must Enforce Limits on President’s Appointment Powers

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 9:27am
No one any longer contests that President Obama acted in excess of his constitutional powers when, on January 4, 2012—a day on which the Senate was not in recess—he purported to grant a recess appointment to Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Yet, in a troubling decision issued last week, the […]
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Join the Commerce Squad!

The Commerce Committee offers full and part-time internships in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Fall internship applications are due August 12th.

October 2015 Term Administrative-Law Rulings Heighten Significance of Next Supreme Court Appointment

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:09pm
  Featured Expert Column − Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Richard O. Faulk, Esq., a Partner with Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP serving clients in Texas and Washington DC. Since the United States Supreme Court’s Skidmore v. Swift & Co., and Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co. rulings, the role of judicial deference […]
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Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Daimler Vans join list of automakers selling new vehicles with defective Takata airbags

WASHINGTON, D.C. – When it comes to new vehicles being sold with defective Takata airbags even luxury cars aren’t immune, according to new findings released today from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee. 

Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Daimler Vans are among the latest automakers to admit to selling new cars equipped with non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate inflators that have been linked to at least 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the U.S.   While the automakers are legally allowed to sell the defective new vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered all of them to be recalled by the end of 2018.

The specific models identified today that contain defective inflators are:

Daimler Vans

2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Ferrari

2016 Ferrari FF

2016 Ferrari California T

2017 Ferrari California T

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB/488 Spider

2017 Ferrari 488 GTB/488 Spider

2016 Ferrari F12/F12tdf

2017 Ferrari F12/F12tdf

2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

Mercedes-Benz

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Convertible

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Convertible

The new findings update a report Nelson released last month that found Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen are selling new vehicles subject to the future recall.  To date seven out of 17 automakers Nelson contacted have admitted to equipping new vehicles with defective Takata airbags.  Tesla remains the only automaker that has not provided a written response.

“New vehicles with defective airbags cover pretty much the whole spectrum, from low-priced cars to the highest-end models,” said Nelson. “They also underscore the failure of certain automakers and regulators to level with people about the true extent of the problem and to have the cars fixed before they’re sold.”

A copy of the report update is available here.

GSA seeks Expressions of Interest for site of new courthouse

GSA news releases - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:00am
GSA seeks Expressions of Interest for site of new courthouse

Reforms Needed to Modernize the American Workforce

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:30pm

Helping Americans succeed in the workforce is a leading priority for members on the Education and the Workforce Committee. That’s why the committee unanimously passed a bill to strengthen career and technical education and help prepare more students for today’s high-demand jobs. Mark MacCarthy, vice president for public policy at the Software & Information Industry Association, wrote in The Hill how this bipartisan proposal will “ensure that technical education can anticipate the demand for jobs and equip the next generation labor force to meet these challenges.”
 

Reforms Needed to Modernize the American Workforce
By Mark MacCarthy
July 18, 2016

Siri will update you on the weather, share a joke, and tell you what’s on your calendar – but what she won’t tell you is that she’s the reason many fear technology is the enemy of jobs. Not Siri alone of course, but the myriad of ways technology is automating systems and eliminating the need for manual processes has created a growing uneasiness about the future of work.

While this fear is very likely overstated, there is no question that technology is reshaping the way work gets done. It is time for policymakers, industry and educators to fully recognize this change, and do more to adjust to the modern business environment.

In a display of bipartisan unity July 7, the House Education and Workforce Committee took a significant step towards doing just that. With its unanimous passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the Committee began the process of streamlining and modernizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act – first passed in the Reagan Administration – to better meet the needs of today’s students and businesses.

The Perkins Act provides federal support to state and local career and technical education, or CTE, programs, which are created and operated by state and local education leaders. These programs prepare high school and postsecondary students with academic, technical, and employability skills. But over the years, they have clearly struggled to keep up with the realities and challenges facing today’s workers and businesses.

The proposed reauthorization will strengthen connections between CTE programs and business and industry. Doing so will help more precisely identify the career fields, along with the skills and credentials, needed regionally. The legislation also calls for a new biennial needs assessment that will ensure programs stay current as workforce needs evolve. These reforms will help CTE programs make certain students can compete for the particular types of jobs that exist locally – now, and in the future ...

If the House passes the current reform bill and the Senate follows with quick action, we will make meaningful progress to ensure that technical education can anticipate the demand for jobs and equip the next generation labor force to meet these challenges.

To read the full op-ed, click here.
 

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WCOE Turning Point for 7/19

Turning Point RSS - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:33pm

When Expert Testimony “Fits” with Causation

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:26pm
Featured Expert Column: Judicial Gatekeeping of Expert Evidence By Evan M. Tager, Mayer Brown LLP, with Carl J. Summers, Mayer Brown LLP When there are multiple cumulative causes of an injury, an expert witness’s testimony attributing specific causation to one of those causes must employ a standard that at least crosses the threshold necessary to establish causation […]
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Thune and Markey Explore How Wireless Carriers May Reduce Unwanted Calls and Texts

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter today to the Honorable Meredith Attwell Baker, the president and CEO of CTIA – The Wireless Association, on whether wireless carriers are in a unique position to reduce unwanted phone calls and text messages.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth joined business leaders to discuss IT and cybersecurity at Business Forward event

GSA news releases - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:00am
GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth joined business leaders to discuss IT and cybersecurity at Business Forward event

San Ysidro Port of Entry’s New PedWest Facility, Transit Center Opens

GSA news releases - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:00am
San Ysidro Port of Entry’s New PedWest Facility, Transit Center Opens

Thune Seeks Answers from Elon Musk on Autopilot Technology

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, seeks answers from Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer at Tesla Motors, following the recent death of a driver while using the autopilot mode on a Tesla Model S.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth hosts the SuperPublic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in San Francisco

GSA news releases - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 12:00am
GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth hosts the SuperPublic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in San Francisco

Supreme Court Observations: Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:47pm
Featured Expert Contributor – Intellectual Property (Patents) Jeffri A. Kaminski, Venable LLP The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Halo Electronics, Inc v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. decision changes the standard for awarding enhanced damages in patent litigation. The ruling reversed a 2015 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision that maintained that court’s longstanding approach […]
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Lisa Colon Heron, Esq. awarded Ray Dones Service Award

WCOE News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:45pm

June 2016 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) At its 47th Annual National Convention, Hall of Fame Gala, the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) awarded Lisa Colon Heron, Esq. with the Ray Dones Service Award. The Ray Down Service Award, named in honor of NAMC’s founder, recognizes a NAMC member who has provided significant contributions to NAMC.

Lisa is a Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Smith Currie & Hancock. Lisa is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. Lisa represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors, , design professionals, and sureties in public and private real estate and construction matters and has experience with federal, state and local government contracting issues.

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Congress Sends Pro-Security Aviation Bill to the President’s Desk

The bill will provide important safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements for the U.S. aviation system and awaits the president’s signature before the Federal Aviation Administration’s reauthorization deadline on Friday.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Opening Statement

Good afternoon, and thank you, Senator Cruz, for calling this hearing. I greatly appreciate our coming together to work toward a bill that will keep NASA moving forward in an exciting and productive manner.  

It’s notable that July 20th, one week from today, marks the 40th anniversary of the first landing on Mars by NASA’s Viking 1. And the legacy of that mission, and subsequent missions to the Red Planet, is that we now know that Mars was once warm and wet and may very well have supported life. There’s even evidence of flowing water at the surface of Mars today.

In 2010, we passed a bipartisan NASA Authorization Act calling on the agency to explore beyond the Earth’s orbit, with the long term goal of a human mission to Mars.

I recently visited Stennis Space Center and the Michoud Assembly Facility on the Gulf Coast, as well as the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, and I can tell that progress toward that goal is real. We also have Orion at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida being prepared for its first journey beyond the moon. We are going to Mars, and the rockets and engines and spacecraft that are the building blocks of that mission are being assembled and tested right now! 

And if all continues to go well, by the end of next year, we will once again have American astronauts launching to space from Florida soil on American rockets, thanks to the partnerships NASA has forged with SpaceX and Boeing.

It is truly an exciting time for our space program.

This committee has always worked in a non-partisan manner, and I am pleased to be a part of continuing that tradition in this Congress as we work toward advancing and passing a NASA reauthorization.

Thank you all for being here, and I look forward to your testimony.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth Connects Silicon Valley StartUps to the Federal Cybersecurity Conversation in GSA’s Cyber Industry Day

GSA news releases - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:00am
GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth Connects Silicon Valley StartUps to the Federal Cybersecurity Conversation in GSA’s Cyber Industry Day

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