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EIW Today - April 15th, 2024

Prism Group's Daily Summary



BUDGET HEARINGS FOR EVERYONE… As the FY25 appropriations process starts to ramp up, many of President Biden’s Cabinet will be testifying in front of Congress this week on their respective agency’s budget requests. With Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4) succeeding Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12) as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, all eyes will be on the lawmaker to gauge how he may handle what is expected to be a contentious appropriations year. 

 

THE FRIED CHICKEN IS IN NEW YORK. THE CASHIER IS IN THE PHILIPPINES... A few small businesses in New York City are experimenting with virtual staff members via Zoom. The virtual host could be the vanguard of a rapidly changing restaurant industry, as small business owners seek relief from rising commercial rents and high inflation. 


THE STATE OF THE STATES 


SESSIONS BY THE NUMBERS: 


Thirty-one state legislatures are in regular session.

 

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING: 


In Colorado, Senate Majority Leader Robert Rodriguez (D) introduced an AI regulation bill requiring developers to take “reasonable care” that their technologies do not take part in discrimination. 

 

California may become the first state to adopt a "right to disconnect" policy with AB 2751, which would prevent employers from requiring employees to respond to work communications outside of working hours. Critics and supporters of the bill are weighing its potential impacts on work-life balance and California business operations. 

 

LAWMAKERS... IN OR OUT? 


The House... convenes today at 12:00 PM ET. The full schedule may be found here. 

The Senate... convenes today at 3:00 PM ET. The full schedule may be found here. 


HAPPENING ON THE HILL 


The House...  

Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 4/16 at 10:00 AM on "Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access: Exploring SBA Programs: Reviewing the SBIC and SBIR Programs Impact on Small Businesses.” 

Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 4/16 at 10:00 AM on “Held for Ransom: How Ransomware Endangers our Financial System.” 

Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing TOMORROW 4/16 at 10:00 AM on “Biden Administration’s 2024 Trade Policy Agenda with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai.” 

Committee on Energy & Commerce, Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 4/16 at 10:00 AM on "Examining Health Sector Cybersecurity in the Wake of the Change Healthcare Attack." 

Committee on Energy & Commerce, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 4/16 at 10:30 AM on “Examining How Improper Payments Cost Taxpayers Billions and Weaken Medicare and Medicaid." 

Committee on Energy & Commerce, Innovation, Data, And Commerce Subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday, 4/17 at 10:00 AM on "Legislative Solutions to Protect Kids Online and Ensure Americans’ Data Privacy Rights." 

Committee on Energy & Commerce, Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday, 4/17 at 2:00 PM on “Fiscal Year 2025 Department of Health and Human Services Budget.”  

 

The Senate...  

Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, will hold a hearing Wednesday, 4/17 at 2:30 PM on “Feeding a Healthier America: Current Efforts and Potential Opportunities for Food is Medicine.” 

Committee on Finance will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 4/16 at 10:30 AM “The Presidents Fiscal Year 2025 IRS Budget and the IRS 2024 Filing Season.” 

Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 4/16 at 2:00 PM “Oversight of AI: Election Deepfakes.” 

Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing Wednesday, 4/17 at 10:00 AM “Nominations.” 

 

BILLS OF INTEREST 


  • Rep. Eric Sorensen (D-IL-17) introduced a bill to amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to provide for the establishment of a Critical Supply Chain Site Development grant program. 

  • Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11) introduced a bill to amend the Trade Act of 1974 to modify provisions relating to withdrawal, suspension, or limitation of country designation under the Generalized System of Preferences. 

AT THE AGENCIES 


The U.S. Department of Labor 

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $6M in grants to attract and retain women in Registered Apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations. 


The U.S. Department of the Treasury 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released its Filing Season 2024 Report Card. 

 

The U.S. Department of Commerce 

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminary terms with Samsung Electronics to establish a leading-edge semiconductor ecosystem in central Texas. 

 

The U.S. Trade Representative  

The U.S. Trade Representative issued a Fact Sheet: In Third Year, Ambassador Katherine Tai Delivers on Biden-Harris Administration’s Worker-Centered Trade Policy. 

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a statement on exceeding its small disadvantaged business contracting goal.  

 

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