About John Zang

John is a Senior Policy Analyst at Duane Morris Government Strategies in Washington, D.C., specializing in building and maintaining relationships with congressional staff and policy professionals to support clients' legislative agendas. With expertise across diverse sectors, he crafts tailored government affairs strategies and effectively communicates clients' positions to government agencies and elected officials. Additionally, John contributes to the Grant Strategies team, offering valuable services in grant monitoring, development, and writing for various projects. Prior to joining DMGS, he played key roles in political campaigns, including serving as the Operations Director for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Christine Donohue in 2015. John holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. in International Politics from The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a board member of the Government Relations Association, dedicated to advancing the government relations profession.

Biden Administration’s Push to Reschedule Cannabis: A New Era in Drug Policy?


Photo credit: iStock.com/MiMaLeFi Twenty-four states, two territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. In contrast, the United States government has regulated cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as a Schedule I substance for the better part of a century. However, the Biden administration’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is [...]

Biden Administration’s Push to Reschedule Cannabis: A New Era in Drug Policy?2024-05-08T10:23:52-04:00

U.S. House Votes on TikTok Bill: What Does the Bill Do and What Happens Next?


tiktok bill As many states around the country have taken action on various TikTok bills, the United States House of Representatives is considering whether to pass legislation requiring TikTok’s Chinese parent company to sell the popular video-sharing social media platform for the app to continue operating in the United States. H.R. 7521 would prohibit internet service [...]

U.S. House Votes on TikTok Bill: What Does the Bill Do and What Happens Next?2024-03-13T11:54:18-04:00

The DOE Hydrogen Hub Hubbub


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 [...]

The DOE Hydrogen Hub Hubbub2023-10-24T14:58:42-04:00

Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Student Loan Plan, Issues 303 Creative Ruling


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 [...]

Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Student Loan Plan, Issues 303 Creative Ruling2023-07-09T22:36:00-04:00

H.R. 3746: Debt Ceiling & Spending Deal


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 [...]

H.R. 3746: Debt Ceiling & Spending Deal2023-06-01T17:39:15-04:00

EPA Proposes Vehicle Emission Limits to Boost EV Sales and Tackle Climate Crisis


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 [...]

EPA Proposes Vehicle Emission Limits to Boost EV Sales and Tackle Climate Crisis2023-04-26T15:12:30-04:00

FY24 Biden Budget Request Highlights


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 [...]

FY24 Biden Budget Request Highlights2023-04-19T09:41:14-04:00

FDA Guidance on Plant-Based Milk Labeling


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 [...]

FDA Guidance on Plant-Based Milk Labeling2023-03-06T12:26:14-05:00

House Rules for the 118th Congress


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 [...]

House Rules for the 118th Congress2023-01-24T19:35:00-05:00

Halloween 2022: Legislative Updates


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 [...]

Halloween 2022: Legislative Updates2023-09-11T00:39:00-04:00
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