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EIW TODAY - October 2, 2023

Prism Group's Daily Summary


GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVERTED; WORK STARTS TOWARDS NOVEMBER...

In an unprecedented move, the House of Representatives passed a short-term funding bill late Saturday night to fund the federal government for an additional 45 days, until November 18th. Speaker Kevin McCarthy worked together with House Democrats and Republicans to pass the bill, avoiding confrontation with more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the House’s legislation, leading to President Biden’s signature.

UKRAINE AID DEBATE CONTINUES TO DIVIDE... While the short-term funding bill provides billions in disaster aid, it lacks aid for Ukraine amid its ongoing war against Russia. Funding for Ukraine will continue to divide House Republicans, with nearly half not supporting additional funding to Ukraine. Nonetheless, Speaker McCarthy has promised President Biden and the Senate that the House will pass a bill that contains Ukraine aid.


SUPREME COURT RETURNS TO BENCH... The Supreme Court's new term begins today, with several high-profile and contentious issues on its docket. These cases, originating largely from the conservative Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, will bring significant legal and political debates to the forefront in the coming term.

THE STATE OF THE STATES


WHAT WE'RE WATCHING:

Seven state legislatures are in session.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has signed an agreement between fast-food companies and unions into law, resulting in a pay increase for fast-food workers starting April 2024. The legislation will raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 per hour, with the potential for annual wage increases based on the consumer price index.

New Jersey plans to increase its minimum wage to $15.13 per hour beginning on January 1st, 2024, joining a handful of other states with a minimum wage over $15 per hour. As part of a gradual wage increase initiated by Governor Phil Murphy (D), the new minimum wage aims to improve the quality of life for members of the New Jersey workforce.

LAWMAKERS... IN OR OUT?

The House... will convene today at 12:00 PM ET. For the full schedule, click here.

The Senate... is out of session today. For the full schedule, click here.

HAPPENING ON THE HILL The House... does not currently have any committee hearings relevant to the EIW newsletter scheduled. Check back tomorrow for possible updates.

The Senate...

  • Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 10/03 at 2:30 PM ET titled “Back to School with the SHOP SAFE Act: Protecting Our Families from Unsafe Online Counterfeits”.

  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing Wednesday, 10/04 at 2:00 PM ET titled “CHIPS and Science Implementation and Oversight”.


BILLS OF INTEREST

  • Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA-5) introduced a bill to amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to require eligible recipients of certain grants to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy that directly or indirectly increases the accessibility of affordable, quality care-based services.

  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3) introduced a bill to prohibit the administrator of the Small Business Administration from directly making loans under the 7(a) loan program.

  • Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ-1) introduced a bill to amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to provide training services linked to employment demand through skills training grants.

AT THE AGENCIES The US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor and the International Labor Organization jointly announced efforts to observe workplace votes and inform workers and employers about labor rights.

The US Department of the Treasury

The US Department of the Treasury issued a statement on strategies to invest in high-quality workforce development.

The US Department of Commerce

The US Department of Commerce announced a CHIPS for America funding opportunity to strengthen semiconductor supply chains.

The US Trade Representative

Check back tomorrow for possible updates.

The US Small Business Administration

The US Small Business Administration announced 17 new members and held a Regulatory Fairness Board meeting.

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