Thursday, July 13, 2017
Senate anticipates seeing revised health care bill today
ABC News reports, “While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., doesn’t yet have the necessary support to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in his chamber, he announced Tuesday that he expects to begin voting next week on a revised bill, the text of which senators are supposed to see Thursday. ‘We'll be on health care next week,’ McConnell said after meeting with his conference and Vice President Mike Pence to talk, in broad strokes, about changes to the legislation.”
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Congress Tackles the Patchwork of Joint-Employer Rules
Inside Sources reports, “The Fair Labor Standards Act established the joint-employment standard to determine whether an employer is responsible for the employees of a company it contracts with. Critics have contested the law is overly vague which has allowed for contradictory regulations and case law. The House Education and the Workforce Committee held the hearing to address those concerns.”
Overnight Energy: House begins moving spending bills
The Hill reports, “House appropriators began moving two spending bills Wednesday covering the Departments of Energy and Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. The full committee took a voice vote to move forward the energy and water appropriations bill, which would dole out $37.6 billion for the Department of Energy and the Army Corps. The legislation for fiscal 2018 would reduce funding for the programs in its jurisdiction by $203 million compared with 2017 on an annualized basis.”
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