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NSC releases preliminary semiannual estimates for road safety

September 15, 2020 | Comments Off on NSC releases preliminary semiannual estimates for road safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Safety Council (NSC) released their preliminary semiannual estimates for road safety today, and the results show a slight 1 percent increase in total motor-vehicle deaths in 2020 compared to 2019. However, total number of vehicle miles travelled have decreased by nearly 17 percent since 2019, which means the death rate…

Congressman calls for GSA to halt sale of recalled vehicles

September 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Congressman calls for GSA to halt sale of recalled vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, recently wrote a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily W. Murphy regarding the GSA policies of sale and lease of automobiles subject to manufacturer recall. In his letter, Krishnamoorthi questioned the GSA practices that effectively allow cars…

President Trump Is Modernizing Federal Environmental Reviews

July 15, 2020 | Comments Off on President Trump Is Modernizing Federal Environmental Reviews

Per the White House: The Trump Administration is issuing a final rule that will modernize and accelerate environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), so that infrastructure can be built in a timely, efficient, and affordable manner. The final rule modernizes Federal NEPA regulations, including by codifying certain court decisions to clarify NEPA’s…

Ozone Pollution Continues to Decline Under President Trump, EPA Proposes to Retain Existing NAAQS for Ozone

July 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Ozone Pollution Continues to Decline Under President Trump, EPA Proposes to Retain Existing NAAQS for Ozone

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced “its proposal to retain, without changes, the existing, more stringent 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. This proposal comes after careful review and consideration of the most current available scientific evidence and risk and exposure information, and with consultation of the Agency’s independent science advisors.”…

White House Signs PPP Extension

July 6, 2020 | Comments Off on White House Signs PPP Extension

On July 4, 2020, President Trump signed S. 4116 into law. The bill extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period to August 8, 2020. The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill last week.   To read the statement from the White House, click here.

House Passes PPP Extension

July 1, 2020 | Comments Off on House Passes PPP Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed S. 4116, a bill that extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period to August 8, 2020. The U.S. Senate passed the bill last night under unanimous consent. The bill will be sent to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Releases Global Warming Plan

July 1, 2020 | Comments Off on U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Releases Global Warming Plan

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has released an extensive plan to help curb global warming, with an ambitious goal of reducing human-caused greenhouse gas net emissions to zero by 2050, beyond which the U.S. would become a net absorber of CO2 from the atmosphere. The plan, “Solving the Climate Crisis,” details how…

White House Announces First Day of USMCA into Force

July 1, 2020 | Comments Off on White House Announces First Day of USMCA into Force

Per the White House: Today, Wednesday, July 1, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enters into force. More North American Auto Content: Under USMCA’s rules vehicles must be built with at least 75 percent of parts made in North America in order to qualify for zero tariffs, up from 62.5 percent under NAFTA. Also, 40 to…

U.S. House Committee Holds Hearing on the EIDL

July 1, 2020 | Comments Off on U.S. House Committee Holds Hearing on the EIDL

The U.S. House Committee on Small Business convened a hearing entitled, “The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Status Update from the Administration.” Per the hearing notice from the committee, Mr. Rivera is responsible for the implementation of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and the hearing will explore the challenges U.S. Small Business Administration…

U.S. Senate Passes PPP Extension through August 8, 2020

July 1, 2020 | Comments Off on U.S. Senate Passes PPP Extension through August 8, 2020

Last night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) until August 8, 2020 under unanimous consent. The passage of the bill comes hours just before deadline for applications closed at midnight June 30, 2020. Per Politico, Senators had agreed that small businesses would need further federal aid and, up until…

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