Photo credit: iStock.com/audioundwerbung On October 13, 2023, President Biden and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced the seven winners of the $7 billion hydrogen hub program during an event at the Port of Philadelphia. The announcement starts negotiations to finalize the awards and launch a deliberate four-phase investment process that promises jobs and climate benefits to the [...]
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Photo credit: iStock.com/Jason Sanderford Biden's Student Loan Plan Blocked by SCOTUS In a 6-3 vote, the conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court sided with six Republican-led states in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Loan Forgiveness program in the case of Biden v. Nebraska. President Biden criticized the Court’s decision to [...]
Photo Credit: iStock.com/William_Potter H.R. 3746 is a complex bill that aims to address critical financial issues in the United States. It suspends the debt ceiling, imposes spending limits, introduces work requirements, and adjusts energy permitting rules. The agreement seeks to balance the need for fiscal responsibility, economic stability, and efficient resource development while considering the [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Lightspruch The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new tailpipe vehicle emission limits on vehicles to reduce pollution. The plan would require automakers to ensure that two of every three cars and light trucks sold in 2032 are electric models. These are some of the most robust standards in the world and [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/BackyardProduction On March 9, 2023, the White House released President Biden’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024. The budget, representing $6 trillion in spending, aims to address several key issues, including climate change, healthcare, education, and infrastructure. One of the most significant aspects of the budget is its focus on climate change. The [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Olena Koliesnik On February 23, 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) promulgated draft guidance on plant-based milk labeling, “Labeling of Plant-based Milk Alternatives and Voluntary Nutrient Statements: Guidance for Industry”, to provide the FDA’s view on the naming of plant-based food products that are marketed and sold as alternatives to milk (plant-based [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Alejo Vazquez The U.S. House of Representatives agreed to H. Res. 5, the rules package to govern the 118th Congress, 220–213 on January 9, 2023. Under the rules, a single member of the House majority can force a vote on deposing the speaker. The change was agreed upon during negotiations to secure support [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/winyuu Despite having been widely observed in the United States since at least the 19th century, state legislatures are continuing to make tweaks to laws affecting Halloween, celebrated every year on October 31. Here are some legislative updates for Halloween 2022. Halloween 2022: Reflective Costumes In New Jersey, S3097 and A806, sponsored by [...]
On August 24, 2022, President Joe Biden announced a sweeping package of federal student loan relief that forgives as much as $20,000 in loans, a move Biden said would help a generation “saddled with unsustainable debt.” President Biden, along with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, also announced another student loan repayment moratorium extension through December 2022 [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Darren415 On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (H.R. 5376) into law after the U.S. House and Senate passed the package in the first weeks of August. After over a year of negotiations, Senate Democrats agreed to a narrow bill to invest in energy initiatives, curb drug prices and [...]