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December 12, 2023

Prism Group's Daily Summary



EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE MARKUP HEARING...The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a markup hearing today on several key bills. The Committee will consider a resolution condemning the Biden administration’s Joint-Employer Rule as well as the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act (H.R. 6585), A Stronger Workforce for America Act (H.R. 6655), and the Small Businesses before Bureaucrats Act (H.R. 3400). 


NEW LEADER FOR THE FREEDOM CAUCUS...The House Freedom Caucus elected Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) as its new chairman on Monday, replacing Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA). Rep. Good ran unopposed for the position after a recommendation by the HFC board, despite a letter of opposition from Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH). Good currently serves on the Education and the Workforce Committee and the Budget Committee, where he has taken a strongly anti-union stance and opposed administration policies like the Joint-Employer Rule.  


HOUSE HOLDS HEARING ON SMALL BUSINESS...The House Committee on Small Business is scheduled to hold a hearing today at 10:00 AM titled “A Year in Review: The State of Small Business in America.” The hearing will feature testimony from four entrepreneurs about their personal experiences in the small business community this year and the actions that Congress can take to aid small businesses.  


THE STATE OF THE STATES 

SESSIONS BY THE NUMBERS: 

Four state legislatures are in session.  

 

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING: 

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Democrats’ state-level campaigning arm, appointed Heather Williams as its president Monday. Williams has been praised by fellow Democrats for her role in recent electoral victories, and the committee intends to spend $60 million next year on state races.  


New York’s minimum wage is set to increase at the beginning of 2024 as part of a major wage reform by Governor Kathy Hochul and the state legislature. The minimum wage in the New York City metropolitan area will increase to $16/hour while the rest of the state will see a minimum wage of $15/hour. The wage will then increase by 50 cents per year until 2027, when wage increases will be indexed to cost of living.  

 

LAWMAKERS... IN OR OUT? 

The House... convenes today at 10:00 AM ET. The full schedule may be found here. 

The Senate... convenes today at 10:30 AM ET. The full schedule may be found here. 

 

HAPPENING ON THE HILL 

The House...  

Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing TODAY, 12/12 at 10:00 AM titled “A Year in Review: The State of Small Business in America.” 

Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 12/13 at 2:00 PM titled “Growth of the Tax-Exempt Sector and the Impact on the American Political Landscape.” 

Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing TODAY, 12/12 at 2:00 PM titled “Examining the Agenda of Regulators, SROs, and Standards-Setters for Accounting, Auditing.”   

Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 12/13 at 10:15 AM on “Protecting Workers and Small Businesses from Biden’s Attack on Worker Free Choice and Economic Growth.” 

Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a markup hearing TODAY, 12/12 at 10:15 AM on the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act (H.R. 6585), A Stronger Workforce for America Act (H.R. 6655), a Resolution Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to “Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status”; and the Small Businesses before Bureaucrats Act (H.R. 3400). 

Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 12/13 at 10 AM titled “Leveraging Agency Expertise to Foster American AI Leadership and Innovation.” 

 

The Senate...  

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing Thursday, 12/14 at 10:00 AM on “What is Fueling the Diabetes Epidemic.” 

Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 12/13 at 3:00 PM titled “The New Invisible Hand? The Impact of Algorithms on Competition and Consumer Rights.” 

Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing TODAY, 12/12 at 10:00 AM titled “Cleaning Up the C-Suite: Ensuring Accountability for Corporate Criminals.” 

 

BILLS OF INTEREST 

  • Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-5) introduced a bill to direct the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics to establish a database with respect to corporate offenses, and for other purposes. 

  • Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA-7) introduced a bill to require the Secretary of Labor to establish a grant program for States to improve or establish a credential repository, and for other purposes. 

  • Rep. Michael Lawler (R-NY-17) introduced a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and adjust for inflation the above-the-line deduction for teachers. 

 

 

AT THE AGENCIES 

The US Department of Labor 

Check back tomorrow for possible updates.  


The US Department of the Treasury 

The US Department of the Treasury issued a press release titled “U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Approval of Federal Funds to Improve Workforce Training, Education, and Health Monitoring in Washington, D.C.”  

 

The US Department of Commerce 

Check back tomorrow for possible updates.  

  

The US Trade Representative 

Check back tomorrow for possible updates. 

 

The US Small Business Administration 

Check back tomorrow for possible updates.  

 

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