Lawmakers Look to Curb Foreign Influence in State Elections: Would They Bar Political Spending By Businesses In Which Non-US citizens Have a Significant Ownership Stake?
The ride-hailing company Uber, along with its competitor Lyft, together spent $9 million on a 2016 ballot initiative in Austin, Texas, that would have overturned the city’s requirement that drivers for the companies undergo fingerprint-based background checks. The Chinese ride-hailing company Didi invested $100 million in Lyft, and Uber announced a few weeks after the election that Saudi Arabia had secured a 5 percent stake in the company with a $3.5 billion investment. more »
CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. Most of that increase would stem from repealing the penalties associated with the individual mandate. Some of those people would choose not to have insurance because they chose to be covered by insurance under current law only to avoid paying the penalties, and some people would forgo insurance in response to higher premiums. Later, following additional changes to subsidies for insurance purchased in the nongroup market and to the Medicaid program, the increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number under current law would rise to 21 million in 2020 and then to 24 million in 2026. more »
Congressional Actions: House Passes Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act; Senate Passed Resolution Raising Awareness of Modern Slavery
Hearings: On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee will hold a hearing, "Reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program."On Thursday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing, "Honoring our Commitment to Recover and Protect Missing Exploited Children." On Thursday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee will hold a hearing, "Combatting Crimes Against Children: Assessing the Legal Landscape." The Senate passed a resolution raising awareness of modern slavery. The resolution notes that 55 percent of forced labor victims are women or girls and one in five victims of slavery is a child. more »
Congressional Bills Introduced: Parental Leave, Abortion, Child Soldier Prevention,National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls
A bill to provide that six of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave; A bill to provide for the eligibility for beneficiary travel for veterans seeking treatment or care for military sexual trauma in specialized outpatient or residential programs at facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs; A bill to extend the civil statute of limitations for victims of federal sex offenses; A bill to clarify report dates, modify the criteria for determinations of whether countries are meeting the minimum standards for elimination of trafficking, and highlight the importance of concrete actions by countries to eliminate trafficking. more »