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H.R. 1628, The American Health Care Act, Incorporating Manager’s Amendments 4, 5, 24, and 25

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52516?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=812526&utm_campaign=0

Offers an estimate of the effect on direct spending and on health insurance coverage of the revised bill designed to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Finds that the proposed revisions would result in less savings and 24 million more uninsured relative to the number under current law.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

McCaskill, Carper Letter to White House and Archivist of the U.S. Regarding Compliance with Presidential Records Act

Categories: Govt Information,Laws/Regulations

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/mccaskill-carper-letter-to-wh-counsel-mcgahn

Questions whether use by White House officials of communications applications that automatically delete messages violate the Presidential Records Act.  Also questions the use of social media platforms, whether personal and official accounts are properly separated, and whether all communications are being preserved.  From the Minority leadership of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

 

American Health Care Act

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/americanhealthcareact_0.pdf

Estimates that the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act will reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period and increase the number of uninsured people by 14 million by 2018.  By 2026 the number of uninsured is expected to rise to 24 million.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

EPA Withdraws Information Request for the Oil and Gas Industry

Categories: Energy,Environment,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-withdraws-information-request-oil-and-gas-industry

Text of announcement that withdraws request that operators of oil and gas facilities provide information on equipment and methane emissions at existing operations.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Federally Funded Academic Research Requirements: Background and Issues in Brief

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44774.pdf

The federal government is the largest source of academic research and development funding in the U.S.  This report reveals sources of conflict between funding providers and recipients over requirements that accompany the funding including the time burden of regulations and issues related to human subjects and animal research. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

Categories: Arab,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Terrorism

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

Revised version of the executive order that seeks to restrict entry into the U.S. of individuals from six Middle Eastern countries.  The latest version excludes Iraq from the ban as well as green card holders, dual nationals, and people granted asylum or refugee status.  Also reduces total number of refugees allowed to enter country annually.  From the White House

 

Copyright Office Redesign

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

http://copyright.gov/

Newly redesigned site now includes section entitled “History and Education” with a History of Copyright Law, and past publications.  From the Library of Congress

 

Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-680

Near unanimous decision of the Supreme Court that sends a Virginia redistricting case back to the lower court to reconsider whether the legislative district lines were drawn to harm African American voters.  The court ruled that the three judge panel of the lower court had not applied the right standards in deciding the lines were constitutional.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

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