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A National Framework is Needed for Privacy Protection

Congress must promptly address consumer data privacy.

Time is Ticking on USMCA

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entered into force, creating a partnership between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that progressively eliminated tariffs and all duties and quantitative restrictions, except for a limited number of agriculture products, traded with Canada, that were eliminated by 2008.

Can Congress Prevent Another Government Shutdown?

Both chambers need to reach an agreement on government spending. 

Time to Move Forward on a National Privacy Framework is Now

I was recently given a new watch by my husband.  He was excited about the watch because of all the great things it was going to do for me.  Even though I work on technology issues, the only real purpose of a watch in my mind is to tell time.  This is where I ran into trouble.

This watch is what is known as a connected device.  It will tell me when I have a text message or phone call coming in and will monitor my heart rate and count how many steps I take in a day.  What it won’t do until I connect it to my smart phone is tell me what time it is, and therein lies the problem.

CCAGW Urges Members of Congress to Oppose Disastrous Budget Deal

House Democrats and the President have reached a deal that would raise discretionary spending caps by $320 billion over the next two years with less than a quarter in offsets. This agreement totally abandons the government’s fiscal responsibility.

Today, CCAGW president Tom Schatz urged the Congress to reject the deal.

Republican Study Committee Stands Firm on Budget Negotiations

Concerns are rising in Washington regarding the status of an agreement between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and the White House to raise the discretionary spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. If nothing is done, the government will run out of funding and have to shut down on October 1, 2019. The current budget caps will expire at that time and the sequestration process will automatically trigger around $120 billion in across-the-board cuts to domestic and military spending.

A Free Internet One Year Later

One year ago, net neutrality proponents were demanding action, protesting in the streets, and threatening public officials and their families because the internet was going to die when the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) became effective on June 11, 2018.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the RIFO on December 14, 2017, which overturned the 2015 Open Internet Order (OIO).

House Appropriations Imposes Limits on JEDI Contract

The House Appropriations Committee released its report to accompany the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020.  Included in the report is language that would restrict the expenditure of funds for the DOD’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud procurement.

Senate Disaster Supplemental Would Add Billions of Dollars to Deficit Spending

The Senate is considering another poorly designed disaster aid package.  With a price tag of $13.5 billion, the Senate intends to use the bill’s disaster and emergency spending designation as a way to circumvent the spending caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011.  The bill will boost funding for programs that are not intended to respond to natural disasters.

The Safe Freight Act would slow innovation and put railroads at a competitive disadvantage

Are lawmakers in the 116th Congress again preparing to pick winners and losers in the commercial transportation industry?

Under former President Barack Obama, the Department of Transportation capitulated to the demands on union workers and issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to require all freight rail operations to have at least two members aboard. Fortunately, this rule never went into effect.

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