Legislative

  • 11.23.20

    Lame Duck Provides Tight Window To Advance PHCC Policy Priorities by Year-End

    As the 116th Congress comes to a close, there is still some legislative work to be done before lawmakers adjourn for the year and go home for the winter holidays. A budget needs to be passed to keep the federal government funded through FY2021; a tax extenders bill is also in the works; the House and Senate each passed energy bills earlier this fall that need to be reconciled; and there continues to be interest in passing a COVID bill. It’s an ambitious agenda to fulfill in the next four weeks.

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  • 11.02.20

    Advocacy News

    COVID Relief May Be Pushed to Lame Duck or Beyond House Democrats and White House on Cusp of Deal, but Senate not Quite on Board

    There is some optimism that a COVID relief deal will be reached between Speaker Pelosi and President Trump prior to November 3, but it is incumbent upon Senate Republicans to get on board. After months of negotiations, there continues to be disagreement on the following issues...

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  • 10.29.20

    Advocacy News

    Executive Order on Racial Bias

    On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13950, “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.” The Executive Order sets forth the policy of the United States “not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating” and prohibits federal contractors from inculcating such views in their employees in workplace diversity and inclusion trainings. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued additional Guidance to assist in implementation.

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  • 10.07.20

    An Exclusive Look Inside PHCCCONNECT2020: Root for a decisive election, analyst says

    Americans should root for a decisive victory – by either side – in November’s election, said political analyst Nathan Gonzalez, editor and publisher of Inside Elections. If the election comes down to a couple thousand votes for either president or control of the Senate, it will be hard for the nation to move forward.

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  • 09.23.20

    Advocacy News

    PHCC Priorities Still in Play for COVID Relief: A Political Analysis

    Last month, PHCC reported that mid-recess legislative activity in both the House and Senate was sending a signal that negotiations may restart on a COVID relief package that could result in a bill being passed around Labor Day. Since then, White House negotiators, including the President’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, have indicated that a deal may not come until “after September.”

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  • 08.27.20

    Telepresence Reshaping the Workplace

    I recently read an article by Derek Thompson (2020) with The Atlantic, The Workforce Is About to Change Dramatically, in which he shares what economist David Autor and MIT’s Elisabeth Reynolds assert about the impact of “the rise of remote work—or what they call ‘telepresence’—[leading] to a more homebound life that creates less work for others.”

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  • 08.26.20

    Advocacy News

    COVID Relief Negotiations Not Written Off … Yet Republican “Skinny Bill” Retains 501(c)6 Provisions, But Final Deal Up in the Air

    In August, PHCC reported that mid-recess legislative activity in both the House and Senate was sending a signal that negotiations may restart on a COVID relief package that could result in a bill being passed around Labor Day. Since then, White House negotiators including the President’s chief of staff Mark Meadows have indicated that a deal may not come until “after September.”

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  • 08.26.20

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    Upcoming Budget Negotiations Means FY21 Workforce Funding

    Considering the current impasse over funding another COVID relief bill and the U.S. Postal Service in the midst of election season, there is much uncertainty over how Congress will fund the government after September 30. Upon its return to Washington, the Senate will have approximately three weeks to pass 12 appropriations bills, which will then require reconciliation with the House bill before it goes to President Trump for his signature before adjourning for the month of October to campaign.

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  • 07.29.20

    Advocacy News

    The ILLICIT CASH Act in Defense Authorization Bill Poses Privacy Concerns

    Sometimes, policy proposals relevant to PHCC members can pop up in legislation that doesn’t exactly seem relevant. Such was the case with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legislation that authorizes funding for the Department of Defense.

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  • 07.29.20

    Advocacy News

    Hassle-Free PPP Forgiveness, Second Shot of PPP for Struggling Businesses in Play

    Congress is in the midst of negotiating the next comprehensive COVID-19 economic relief package. Trump administration officials have been lobbying Congress on several key administration priorities, the top two being a payroll tax cut and automatic forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $150,000.

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