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Wisconsin Senate limits collective-bargaining rights of public unions

March 10, 2011 In a surprise move, Wisconsin Senate Republicans passed a long-stalled bill stripping public-employee union members of most collective-bargaining rights without Democratic senators present on Wednesday. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Senate sent GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill to a conference committee that stripped all of the spending...

Business groups blast visa fee measure

August 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two major industry groups Wednesday blasted proposals to reform U.S. immigration policy, including pending legislation in Congress that would raise work-visa fees for foreign companies operating in the United States. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council on International Personnel issued a report calling for a market-based system...

Business groups blast proposed immigration reforms

August 11, 2010 Two major industry groups Wednesday blasted proposals to reform U.S. immigration policy, including pending legislation in Congress that would raise work-visa fees for foreign companies operating in the United States. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council on International Personnel issued a report calling for a market-based system...

Senate panel OKs 6,000 troops for border

May 28, 2010 The Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to its fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill requiring 6,000 troops be sent to the border with Mexico, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced Friday. Levin, who opposed the amendment from Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCain of Arizona, said...

Alaska senator urges restraint on spill reaction

May 21, 2010 Senate Energy and Natural Committee Resources ranking member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Friday urged Congress not to overreact legislatively to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Speaking at a conference sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for Oceans Law and Policy, Murkowski said investigations into the cause of the...

Regulators still seeking cause of stock market tumble

May 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal market regulators told a House Financial Services subcommittee on Tuesday they had yet to pinpoint the exact cause of the stock market's rapid decline on May 6, but added no evidence pointed to computer hacking. Mary Schapiro, chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said in testimony before the...

Citizens United prepared for another fundraising case

April 30, 2010 Reaction to Thursday's unveiling of legislation to increase disclosure in political advertising in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling in January was mixed, but the plaintiff in the case is leaving the door open for more court action. The bill, crafted by Senate Democratic Conference...

Democrats unveil bill blocking election advertising by contractors

April 29, 2010 Democrats unveiled legislation on Thursday to blunt the impact of the Supreme Court's January ruling in Citizens United v. FEC by requiring corporations and labor unions to disclose their involvement on political ads. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the lead architects along with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris...

Officials say stricter rules govern contractor award fees

August 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Procurement officers for NASA and the departments of HHS, Homeland Security, Defense and Energy told a Senate subcommittee Monday they were taking steps to ensure performance bonuses attached to contracts are awarded responsibly. Alluding to bonuses paid to executives by Wall Street financial firms receiving federal bailout funds, Senate Homeland...

Officials say they are cracking down on contractor award fees

August 4, 2009 Procurement officers for NASA and the departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Defense and Energy told a Senate subcommittee Monday they were taking steps to ensure performance bonuses attached to contracts are awarded responsibly. Alluding to bonuses paid to executives by Wall Street financial firms receiving federal bailout...

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