May 18, 2017

Today's News from the U.S. Chamber- 5/18/17

Thursday, May 18, 2017

US Chamber's Donohue Discusses Infrastructure Bill, NAFTA at Global Summit
Transport Topics

Transport Topics reports, “U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill should attempt to mitigate highway bottlenecks, promote long-term economic growth and update regulations to make private investment more attractive. ‘Supplies can only be sourced and shipped as quickly as the infrastructure allows,’ Donohue said at a Chamber Infrastructure Week event on May 17.” “Donohue was reacting to a plan by President Donald Trump to introduce a massive infrastructure bill that he has yet to outline. However, a blueprint of the president’s plans could come soon, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a speech earlier this week.”

Senate tees up 'accountability act' as regulation fight intensifies
Reuters 

Reuters reports, “The U.S. Senate could soon approve a major overhaul of the federal bureaucracy and make lasting changes to regulation of the environment, education, banks and other areas. On Wednesday a Senate committee sent a bill on to the full chamber that, supporters say, will make regulators more accountable to lawmakers and provide greater understanding of how rules affect the economy. The next step, debating the bill on the Senate floor, has not been scheduled. The House of Representatives approved companion legislation in January.”

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OSHA suspends rule requiring firms report injury and illness data electronically
The Washington Post 

The Washington Post reports, “The Labor Department on Wednesday suspended an Obama-era rule requiring that companies electronically report their injury and illness records, a move that effectively keeps these records from being publicly disclosed for the immediate future.” “OSHA spokeswoman Mandy Kraft said that the agency delayed the rule to address employers’ ‘concerns about meeting their reporting obligations’ in time.”

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