Senate OKs “CARES” Act, House Votes Today

The US Senate yesterday finally passed the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) by a rare bipartisan and unanimous vote, but the unprecedented stimulus bill faces some challenges in the US House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi originally had hoped to pass the legislation by unanimous consent (avoiding recalling the House…

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Senators Target NLRB Enforcement Power

Apparently the different visions of enforcement priorities within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the Trump versus Obama administration have prompted a number of US Senators to look to strip the agency of all enforcement powers. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and a host of other conservative republican Senators have refiled legislation seeking to transfer…

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Senate Hears Need for Franchising Transparency

The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy, chaired by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, held a public hearing this week on the matter: “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?” One of the five individuals invited to testify was Subway franchisee and former Coalition of Franchisee Associations Chairman Keith Miller.…

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The Mid-Term Elections

Much is being said about the importance of the midterm elections and many of us may wonder what exactly is the big issue? Why are the 2018 Midterm elections sooooo important. The answer is essentially who holds to keys to the US government for the next two years. As to Supreme Court Issues, the President…

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US Chamber Pushes Joint Employer Bill

Whether by regulation or by passage of the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), business interests across the country are pushing hard to resolve joint employer once and for all. This week the US Chamber launched an aggressive advertising campaign targeting Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, a “blue-dog” democrat who has yet to sign on to…

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Senate Advances Tax Reform

Following the lead of their counterparts in the House of Representatives (but going with their own version of what the House passed), the US Senate advanced its own Tax Reform bill out of the Senate Finance Committee on a party line vote a couple of weeks ago. And this week, cleared the first procedural step…

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Tax Reform Tops the List

As we’re all no doubt aware, the tax reform debate is THE top issue being discussed currently in the Nation’s Capital. Yesterday, the US House advanced its tax reform legislation and sent it to the US Senate by a vote of 227 – 205. The bill as approved by the House represents a tax cut…

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Minimum Wages on the National & State Stages

At the national level, US Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democratic incumbent last week filed a 77-page piece of legislation that is a veritable smorgasbord of the union advocacy issues. Up for reelection in November of this year, Brown appears to be trying to ingratiate himself with all possible factions – including business. Aside from…

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Others Moving Ahead With Paid Sick Leave

Despite a disagreement with Mayor Muriel Bowser on the issue, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is planning to introduce a revised paid family leave plan for a vote in November.  Mendelson and his staff are working on the details of a new plan, including how much paid time employers would be required to provide.  He…

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Is Government Broken?

If we follow the presidential polling the least bit, we know that almost 60% of the registered voters dislike both of the presumptive nominees – Hillary Clinton viewed favorably by 41% and Donald Trump by 40%.  Along with Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson, that is the crop from which we’ll choose…

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