Legislative

  • 01.26.21

    Advocacy News

    Another Texas Licensing Battle Expected

    As the Texas State Legislature gears up for its biannual session, a bill was pre-filed in late November in the Texas House of Representatives that would extend the charter of the state’s Board of Plumbing Examiners (BPE). HB636, if passed into law, would allow the BPE to operate until September 1, 2027, unless the state’s sunset review process determines it should continue to exist.

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  • 01.26.21

    Advocacy News

    PHCC Scores in COVID Relief; Legislative Challenges Still to Come

    On Sunday evening, December 27, outgoing President Donald Trump signed the last piece of legislation to cross the Resolute Desk before the end of his term. The FY2021 omnibus spending package to keep the Federal government funded through September 30 included more than $900 billion in COVID relief that has been haggled over by congressional leaders and White House staff for nearly nine months.

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  • 12.22.20

    COVID Relief Bill Passes Congress

    Congress came to an agreement on the next COVID package, which is attached to the FY2021 spending bill. It passed the House and Senate yesterday and is en route to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

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  • 12.16.20

    Defense Bill Passes Congress with Anti-Small Business Provision

    The House and Senate also passed last week the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the military through next year. The President has threatened to veto the bill because it does not contain the repeal of Section 230, which provides liability protection for social media platforms based on the content they post.

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  • 12.16.20

    Congress Down to the Wire on COVID Relief and Spending Bill

    On Monday, December 14 a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers released bill language for a $908 billion COVID relief package that would extend the PPP program, expand eligibility to 501(c)6 organizations, provide liability protection for businesses against COVID litigation, provide $300 per week per individual in federal unemployment benefits, and provide funding to state and local governments for emergency response.

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  • 12.11.20

    Advocacy News

    Congress Down to the Wire
    Key Legislation Needs to Pass Before Christmas

    Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers rallied around a $908 billion COVID relief package that would extend the PPP program, expand eligibility to 501(c)6 organizations, provide liability protection for businesses against COVID litigation, $300 per week per individual in federal unemployment benefits, and provide funding to state and local governments for emergency response.

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  • 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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