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The Week in Washington – 09/27/2019

Lawmakers are set to depart Washington for the next two weeks, leaving five legislative weeks before the Nov. 21 deadline. None of the fiscal 2020 spending bills have been signed into law, and appropriators must pass all 12 bills into law in those five weeks. Ukraine Scandal Grows Into Impeachment Threat Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine’s president are shaping up to be the most serious threat to his presidency so […]

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The Week in Washington – 09/20/2019

Mandatory Arbitration Ban Bill The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (H.R. 1423) would prohibit mandatory arbitration agreements in employment, consumer, and other contracts. The bill would invalidate an arbitration agreement if it requires arbitration of an employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights dispute. The White House would veto the measure. If Congress passes the measure in its current form and is presented to President Donald Trump for his signature, his […]

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State Spotlight: Building Code Legislation in 2019

Too many headlines over the past few years have contained tragic headlines of substandard building and fire safety regulations risking lives, injuring firefighters, and costing millions in damages. Two recent incidents in the United States include a student housing fire in Fresno, California on August 18, 2019 and an apartment complex fire which left two firefighters injured and more than 74 residents without housing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 20, […]

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The Week Ahead in Washington 7/12/2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like to see action before the end of the month on the debt ceiling, however the negotiations between the administration and Congress remain fraught. Congressional leaders acknowledge that if no deal is reached by the July 26 six-week recess, September will leave little time before the U.S. government would begin to default on its debt. Mueller Testimony Mark your calendars, Special Counsel Robert Mueller will […]

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