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Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Propose Joint Legislative Priorities

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Environment,Guns,Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=22095

Press release which outlines major priorities for the current and future Democratic leaders including expansion of Medicaid, universal background checks for gun purchases, reform of the absentee voting process, joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and preventing the personal use of campaign contributions.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Association Health Plans

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-01-05/pdf/2017-28103.pdf

Proposed rules that would allow small businesses to develop alternative health insurance plans that would bypass some of the protections in the Affordable Care Act.  They would not be required to include a core set of 10 essential benefits mandated by the ACA.  From the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Labor Department

 

2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://www.boem.gov/NP-Draft-Proposed-Program-2019-2024/

Trump Administration proposal to revise Obama administration plans and open previously-protected U.S. off-shore waters to oil and gas drilling.  Identifies 47 potential areas, including the mid-Atlantic, where companies  could buy leases between 2019 and 2024 under the proposed plan.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 

2017 Was Third Warmest Year on Record for U.S.

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/news/2017-was-3rd-warmest-year-on-record-for-us

Press release reviewing weather experience of 2017.  Third warmest for temperatures and, with 16 weather and climate disasters totaling $306 billion, the costliest in U.S. history.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

Estimated Deficits and Debt Under the Conference Agreement of H.R. 1 ….

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/53437-taxcutsjobsact.pdf

Provides a nonpartisan analysis of the estimated deficit and debt resulting from the conference agreement between the House and Senate on H.R. 1, the Tax Cut bill.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Cost Estimate for the Conference Agreement on H.R. 1

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/53415-hr1conferenceagreement.pdf

Presents findings of Congress’s budget score-keeper on the effects of the House-Senate conference committee agreement on the Tax Cut bill.  Finds the bill if passed as presented would raise the government’s deficit by $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

National Security Strategy of the United States of America

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,WMD

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NSS-Final-12-18-2017-0905.pdf

Spells out the approach of the Trump administration to national security.  From the White House

 

Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem

Categories: Headlines,Israel,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/12/06/presidential-proclamation-recognizing-jerusalem-capital-state-israel-and

Text of the proclamation which draws on the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-45) as the basis for declaring the U.S. intent to recognize Jerusalem as the capital and move the U.S. embassy there.  From the White House

 

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