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SBA Announces Streamlined Loan Forgiveness Process for Small PPP Loans

October 13, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a streamlined process for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans under $50,000. Loans under $50,000 account for approximately 3.5 million of the 5.2 million total loans issued through PPP. This announcement comes after consistent complaints from small business owners about difficulties they have faced throughout…

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NHTSA Reports Increase in Traffic Fatality Rate

October 2, 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) released preliminary traffic data yesterday indicating that while the total number of traffic fatalities has decreased in 2020, the rate of traffic fatalities per miles travelled has spiked significantly. NHTSA attributed this trend to increased risky behaviors, such as neglecting seat belts or…

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U.S. House Small Business Committee Holds Hearing on Fraud and the PPP

October 1, 2020

The United States House of Representatives Committee on Small Business conducted a hearing today to discuss ongoing fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and potential remedies. This hearing follows a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that the Small Business Administration (SBA) neglected critical oversight procedures for the PPP, which…

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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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Coalition of State Governors Ask Biden for Exclusively Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

April 21, 2021

The twelve governors of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week urging him to set a zero-emission transportation goal for 2035. In their request, the governors referenced the recently unveiled…

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