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Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands: Rescission of a 2015 Rule

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Laws/Regulations

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2017-12-29/pdf/2017-28211.pdf

Final rule that rescinds an Obama Administration rule that would have set environmental limitations on hydraulic fracking on public lands.  The rescinded rules would have strengthened well construction and wastewater management standards and required disclosure of chemicals in fracking fluids.  From the Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior

 

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

 

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

 

The Net Neutrality Debate: Access to Broadband Networks

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40616.pdf

Describes what the term “Net Neutrality” means, actions by the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump Administration that would revise regulations relating to the Internet, earlier actions by the FCC, and Congressional responses.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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

 

Beyond Nutrition and Organic Labels: 30 Years of Experience With Intervening in Food Labels

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Food/Nutrition,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/85687/err-239.pdf?v=43053

Uses case studies of five food labels to show the economic effects and tradeoffs of a federal role in setting product standards, verifying claims, and enforcing truthfulness.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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