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GSA Announces Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts and Special Emergency Procurement Authorities

GSA news releases - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:12pm
GSA’s senior procurement executive signed memo raising certain minimum thresholds to directly support Hurricane Irma relief efforts

GSA Announces Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and special emergency procurement authorities

GSA news releases - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:12pm
GSA Senior Procurement Executive signed memo raising certain minimum thresholds to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

GSA Announces Awards for GSA SmartPay 3 Master Contracts

GSA news releases - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:12pm
Next Generation of Payment Solutions will Help Federal Agencies Efficiently Meet Mission Needs

Southbound Vehicle Traffic at San Ysidro Port Detours to Otay Mesa Port During I-5 & I-805 Closures South of SR 905

GSA news releases - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:12pm
Traffic Advisory for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry project, September 2017.

TSA Modernization: Improvements to Aviation Security

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-M.O.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, will convene a legislative hearing titled “TSA Modernization: Improvements to Aviation Security” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The hearing will examine key reform proposals in upcoming legislation to reform and improve aviation security policy and programs at the TSA. This hearing builds on Committee oversight efforts following a February 2017 subcommittee hearing that explored stakeholder perspectives on how TSA can better serve the traveling public.

Witnesses:

-  Mr. Brian Weiler, Director of Aviation, Springfield-Branson National Airport
-  Mr. Stephen Alterman, President, Cargo Airline Association; Chairman, Aviation Security Advisory Committee
-  Ms. Sissy Pressnell, Vice President of Government Relations, Smiths Group; Vice Chair, Security Manufacturers Coalition
-  Mr. Michael White, Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Cargo Networks Services Corp, International Air Transport Association (IATA) 

Hearing Details:

Thursday, September 28, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Nomination Hearing

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a nominations hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, for four presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation.

Witnesses:

-  The Honorable Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
-  Rear Admiral (Ret.) Timothy Gallaudet, of California, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
-  Mr. Howard R. Elliott, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
-  Dr. Walter G. Copan, of Colorado, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Small Business Tax Reform: Modernizing the Code for the Nation’s Job Creators.

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 11:00am
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Small Business Tax Reform: Modernizing the Code for the Nation’s Job Creators.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on September 27, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will examine how the United States tax code affects small businesses and how changes proposed in H.R. 3717, the Small Business Owners’ Tax Simplification Act of 2017, could impact the nation’s job creators. 

Documents

1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List
3. Hearing Memo
4. Opening Statement

Witnesses

Ms. Kristie Arslan
Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Small Business Counsel
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Vienna, VA
Testimony
Disclosure

Mr. Thomas Gorczynski
Co-Founder
Hacksmith Labs Chicago, IL
Testimony
Disclosure

Mr. Miguel Centeno
Partner
Shared Economy CPA
Redondo Beach, CA
Testimony
Disclosure

Ms. Caroline Bruckner
Managing Director, Kogod Tax Policy Center
Executive-in-Residence, Accounting and Taxation
Kogod School of Business
American University
Washington, DC
Testimony
Disclosure


FTC Stakeholder Perspecitves: Reform Proposals to Improve Fairness, Innovation, and Consumer Welfare

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, will convene a hearing titled “FTC Stakeholder Perspecitves: Reform Proposals to Improve Fairness, Innovation, and Consumer Welfare” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The subcommittee will explore recommendations by stakeholders and former Commission officials for improving the FTC’s handling of consumer protection cases and general process reforms.

Witnesses:

-  Mr. William MacLeod, Partner, Kelley Drye
-  Ms. Lydia Parnes, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
-  Ms. Jessica Rich, Vice President, Policy and Modernization, Consumers Union
-  Mr. Berin Szoka, President, TechFreedom

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Subcommittee to Examine TSA Aviation Security Reforms

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-M.O.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, will convene a legislative hearing titled “TSA Modernization: Improvements to Aviation Security” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The hearing will examine key reform proposals in upcoming legislation to reform and improve aviation security policy and programs at the TSA. This hearing builds on Committee oversight efforts following a February 2017 subcommittee hearing that explored stakeholder perspectives on how TSA can better serve the traveling public.


Witnesses:

-  Mr. Brian Weiler, Director of Aviation, Springfield-Branson National Airport
-  Mr. Stephen Alterman, President, Cargo Airline Association; Chairman, Aviation Security Advisory Committee
-  Ms. Sissy Pressnell, Vice President of Government Relations, Smiths Group; Vice Chair, Security Manufacturers Coalition
-  Mr. Michael White, Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Cargo Networks Services Corp, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Hearing Details:

Thursday, September 28, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Pending High Court Case Tests Congress’s Authority to Detain and Deport Criminal Aliens

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:07pm
The US Supreme Court on October 3, 2017 will hear oral arguments for the second time in an important immigration case, Jennings v. Rodriguez.  The Court was unable to reach a decision the first time around, apparently because it divided 4-4 on how to resolve the case.  A key issue in the case is which […]
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Committee Announces Hearing for CPSC, DOT, & DOC Nominees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a nominations hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, for four presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation.

Witnesses:

-  The Honorable Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
-  Rear Admiral (Ret.) Timothy Gallaudet, of California, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
-  Mr. Howard R. Elliott, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
-  Dr. Walter G. Copan, of Colorado, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Chairman Chabot and SBA Administrator McMahon Hold Roundtable in Cincinnati

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:00am

CINCINNATI – Today, Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon, and House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), visited Cincinnati manufacturer Faxon Machining for a tour of the facility and for a roundtable discussion with several local small businesses.

I take every opportunity I can to hear straight from small businesses about what is working or what barriers they are still facing in the current economy. Not surprisingly, a majority of the businesses today were most concerned with burdensome federal regulations and the increasing complexities of the tax code. I couldn’t agree more and have been leading our Committee to address these issues in our hearings and the legislation we help pass, an effort which includes working with our colleagues on other committees. Our tax code needs to work for, not against, small businesses, and we need to continue pushing for real regulatory reform,” said Chairman Chabot.

I thank Administrator McMahon for visiting and continuing to listen to small business concerns here in Ohio and across the nation,” Chabot added.

Chairman Chabot has introduced legislation, H.R. 3717, the Small Business Owners’ Tax Simplification Act, to create more clarity within the tax code as well as H.R. 33, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, which passed the House as part of H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act.

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U.S. Department of Energy Seeks Comments on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Small-Scale Natural Gas Export

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 1:18pm

On September 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise regulations on export authorizations for natural gas. The proposed rule would allow DOE to issue an export authorization upon receipt of any complete application seeking to export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas, to countries with which the U.S.

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Subcommittee to Examine FTC's Handling of Consumer Protection Cases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, will convene a hearing titled “FTC Stakeholder Perspecitves: Reform Proposals to Improve Fairness, Innovation, and Consumer Welfare” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The subcommittee will explore recommendations by stakeholders and former Commission officials for improving the FTC’s handling of consumer protection cases and general process reforms.

Witnesses:

-  Mr. William MacLeod, Partner, Kelley Drye
-  Ms. Lydia Parnes, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
-  Ms. Jessica Rich, Vice President, Policy and Modernization, Consumers Union
-  Mr. Berin Szoka, President, TechFreedom

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Committee Announces Legislative Hearing: S. 1693, The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017

Hearing will discuss proposal to combat online exploitation as well as concerns about weakening protections of the Communications Decency Act...

Ranking Member Bill Nelson Opening Statement

As we convene this hearing today, an untold number of women and children in the United States are being sold into sexual slavery via the internet. In just a few clicks, victims from all walks of life and parts of the country are being forced to endure brutal and unspeakable crimes.   Let me repeat – women and children are being forced into sex slavery in modern day America and it could very well happen to someone you know.

If that’s not a wakeup call then I don’t know what is. And sadly, it is a truth that my fellow Floridians know tragically all too well.  According to the human trafficking hotline, Florida ranks third in the country for the number of cases reported in 2016.

The question before us today is simple.  Why aren’t we doing everything we can to stop this heinous practice?   After all, we’re talking about modern day slavery and our children are at risk.

The bill we have before us today would help us shut down despicable websites that promote sexual trafficking. Let’s not kid ourselves, these shady and highly profitable website operators know full well how their sites are being used.  What’s more, they’re hiding behind a decades old legal shield in federal communication law to immunize themselves from prosecution. 

This bill by Senators Portman, Blumenthal, McCain, Heitkamp, myself and others would eliminate this safe harbor for sex traffickers and allow state Attorneys General, other state and local prosecutors, and victims to go after websites that knowingly provide a platform for sex trafficking.  It would not, as some claim, take a sledgehammer to the internet.  Rather, it takes a commonsense, responsible and targeted approach – one that the courts tell us only we can take – to limit the scope of current law and help end the scourge of child sex trafficking on the internet.

While some stakeholders have concerns about this bill, I strongly believe we cannot sit idly by any longer while websites aid and abet child sex traffickers.  The cost of inaction is far too high.

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