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Supreme Court Poised to Overturn Ninth Circuit Ruling Granting Bond Hearings to Criminal Aliens

WLF Legal Pulse - 9 hours 30 min ago
The October 10 Supreme Court oral argument in Nielsen v. Preap demonstrated that the justices continue to be sharply, ideologically divided over the federal government’s authority to detain criminal aliens pending completion of removal proceedings. But contrary to some early post-argument commentary, the oral argument left little doubt about the likely outcome: Chief Justice Roberts, …

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U.S. Makes Unprecedented Arrest of Chinese Government Official Accused of Economic Espionage

WLF Legal Pulse - 10 hours 4 min ago
Featured Expert Contributor, White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance Gregory A. Brower, a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP in Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC, with William E. Moschella, a Shareholder in the firm’s Washington, DC office. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced an indictment charging a Chinese government official with attempting …

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SBC Observes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

House Small Business Committee News - 20 hours 19 min ago

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement to recognize October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

“Digital technology allows small businesses to sell their products and services all over the world and plays a vital role in our nation’s economy. With 81 percent of small businesses concerned by a potential cyber-attack, but only 63 percent having the most basic cybersecurity measures in place, it’s imperative we are vigilant about leveraging resources to protect small businesses owners and their intellectual property.”

This year, the House Committee on Small Business held several hearings to examine how small business owners are confronting cyber threats from numerous bad actors. In addition to phishing scams and ransomware attacks, one of the most significant cyber threats small business owners face is the theft of intellectual property through cyberespionage. Small businesses are often the most underequipped participants in high-tech supply changes, making them the biggest targets for cyber-attacks. Earlier this year, Chairman Chabot introduced H.R. 4668, the Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2017 in an effort to help small businesses respond to cyber-attacks more effectively.

Additionally, H.R. 3170, the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2017, led by Chairman Chabot, passed the House on May 8, 2018. This legislation would provide cyber certification for Small Business Development Center counselors.

The Race to 5G: A View from the Field

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “The Race to 5G: A View from the Field,” at 3:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Carnegie Town Hall in Sioux Falls, S.D.. This hearing will focus on identifying existing barriers to broadband deployment of next generation wireless technology deployment and ways to streamline broadband infrastructure siting and encourage investment in next generation communications services.  


  • The Honorable Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Paul TenHaken, Mayor, City of Sioux Falls
  • Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President, Dakota State University
  • Mr. Robert Fisher, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Verizon
  • Mr. Justin Forde, Senior Director, Government Relations, Midcontinent Communications
  • Mr. Mark Shlanta, Chief Executive Officer, SDN Communications, Sioux Falls, SD

*Witness list subject to change. 

Hearing Details:

Friday, October 12, 2018
3:00 p.m. CDT/ 4:00 p.m. EDT
Full Committee
Carnegie Town Hall
235 W. 10th Street
Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Witness testimony and opening statements will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov. The hearing will be livestreamed on YouTube.

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Good afternoon.   

Today, I’ve convened this hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee to explore ways to maintain global leadership in the race to 5G, while ensuring the benefits of remarkable new wireless technologies reach rural America.

Over the past two years, I have convened several hearings in Washington D.C. aimed at identifying barriers to the deployment of next generation services and what we can do in Congress to help lower them.  

I am pleased that today, we will be able to discuss these very important issues here in South Dakota.

We’ve heard from stakeholders throughout the country who represent American businesses that are on the ground building and maintaining our communications networks, deploying the infrastructure, and bringing to market cutting edge technologies like autonomous vehicles, precision agriculture, and remote health care services that will transform our everyday lives.  

We have also heard from the community and tribal leaders, small businesses, hospitals, schools, and everyday Americans that will benefit from this important technology.

The race to 5G has begun and the United States has the technology to win it. 

But as I’ve said before, technology is only part of the equation.  

We must ensure that wireless providers have spectrum on which their systems can operate and they must be able to deploy those networks in a reasonable and timely manner.

The MOBILE NOW Act, my legislation which was enacted earlier this year, addressed both spectrum and infrastructure needs.  But more work needs to be done.

In July, the Committee examined ways to free up more spectrum for 5G.   

I’m pleased to see the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration are taking critical steps this year to make more spectrum available for wireless use.

And our Committee will continue to encourage innovative approaches to using spectrum more efficiently. 

Indeed, spectrum is critical to winning the race to 5G, but removing barriers to infrastructure deployment is the final piece of the puzzle.

Earlier this year, I introduced the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act on a bipartisan basis with Senator Schatz.

The STREAMLINE Act reflects more than a year of hard work with stakeholders – including many here today – to eliminate needless barriers to deploying 5G and to bring the benefits to American consumers.

In fact, just last week, we received a letter of support for the STREAMLINE Act signed by 25 groups representing a range of stakeholders from health care to agriculture, the automotive and manufacturing industries, internet companies, consumer technologies, and more. 

I am confident that our legislation will allow Americans across the country, no matter where they live, the ability to reap the benefits of 5G leadership while at the same time respecting the important role State and local governments play in deployment decisions. 

Additionally, I am very pleased that the FCC, as part of an effort led by Commissioner Carr, has just taken an important step to modernize its siting rules consistent with the goals of the STREAMLINE Act. 

As Mayor TenHaken knows, making infrastructure siting easier is particularly important for those of us in rural America, where the business case for deployment is different than in larger metropolitan areas.  

Lowering deployment costs is especially important in more rural communities, where we simply don’t have the population density to justify deployment if barriers are high.

Excessive fees, delays, and uncertainty can ruin the case for deployment of 5G in a community.

I am proud that our home state of South Dakota is leading the way in 5G. 

Dr. Griffiths and Dakota State University are training the young men and women who will design and protect our 5G networks and the services they will offer.  

Mayor TenHaken and Commissioner Carr are leading the way with their work to establish rules and policies that encourage 5G deployment.

And Justin Forde from Midco, Mark Shlanta from SDN Communications, and Robert Fisher from Verizon are working to deploy the 5G networks and related infrastructure that will bring South Dakota the next generation of wireless communications. 

I thank all of you for being here, and I look forward to hearing from you today.  

ICYMI: Chairman Chabot Praises Passage of Small Business Intellectual Property Bills

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – This week, President Trump signed S. 791, the Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017, into law. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 2655, which passed the House in July and was led by Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The Small Business Innovation Protection Act will expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses by establishing a partnership between the United States Small Business Administration and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The partnership will leverage existing outreach programs at the agencies to educate more small businesses on domestic and international intellectual property protections. This bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law by President Trump on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement:

“With the United States being the largest technology market in the world, intellectual property plays a critical role in protecting creative and innovative products both in the United States and abroad. In fact, America’s intellectual property is worth $6.6 trillion, and intellectual property-intensive industries employ over 45 million Americans. Cyber security protections for small businesses are essential, and I am pleased the President has signed this important legislation. What’s more, I’m proud this new law will utilize existing resources within the federal government to better assist small businesses with intellectual property issues. I thank President Trump for signing this critical piece of legislation into law to protect small businesses and the millions of Americans they employ.”

Additionally, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, H.R. 6758, the Study Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success Act of 2018, or the SUCCESS Act, passed the Senate by unanimous consent. This bipartisan legislation led by Chairman Chabot encourages woman, minority, and veteran entrepreneurship by studying their use of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and investigates ways to increase their access to patents. Further, the bill extends the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s fee setting authority for eight years.

Commerce Committee Leaders Seek Google+ Memo on Vulnerability

Three Commerce Committee leaders requested a copy of an internal Google memo and answers about a security vulnerability that placed private user information at risk.

DOL to Hold DC Public Listening Session on Overtime Regulations under the FLSA

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:11pm

The Department of Labor (DOL) will conduct a public listening session in Washington, D.C., to gather views on its overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The listening session will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT); Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue Northwest Cesar Chavez Auditorium Washington, DC 20210.

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Food and Drug Administration: Use of the Names of Dairy Foods in the Labeling of Plant-Based Products

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 11:17am

Food and Drug Administration: Use of the Names of Dairy Foods in the Labeling of Plant-Based Products

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