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SBA Announces Opening of PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal

August 2, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the opening of a new direct forgiveness portal for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. This portal will streamline the loan forgiveness process for businesses with loans under $150,000– a total of over 6.5 million businesses in the United States. The portal is…

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Breaking down the Senate infrastructure agreement’s $550B in new spending

July 29, 2021
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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Moves Forward in the U.S. Senate

July 29, 2021

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework passed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate last night. The vote was 67-32, with all Senate Democrats voting yes, and 17 Senate Republicans joining them. The framework that was voted on is similar to the plans discussed in previous weeks, with notable cuts to transportation…

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Legislation Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives

May 6, 2021

Congressman Levin (D-Mich) introduced a bill, the Electric Vehicles Freedom Act, that would establish a nationwide network of public electric vehicle charging stations. This legislation is part of a larger push toward electrifying the transportation sector as part of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which was released earlier this year.…

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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Holds Hearing on Electric Vehicles

May 5, 2021

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee held a hearing today on “The Clean Future Act: Driving Decarbonization of the Transportation Sector”. The committee members heard testimony from:   Amol Phadke, M.S., Ph.D, Staff Scientist and Deputy Department Head, International Energy Analysis Department Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  …

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NHTSA Proposes Reinstating California Emissions Authority

April 22, 2021

The National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing restoring California and other state’s ability to set more stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. California has a waiver under the Clean Air Act that gives the state special regulatory authority in environmental issues. However, the Trump administration…

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