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 »
Are the Courts Finally Ready to Deem the Religious or Racial Exclusion of Immigrants Unconstitutional?
Stanford scholars predict that President Trump's new immigration order will still meet with legal questions in the courts. His first executive order on immigration in January was thwarted by a three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled that the initial order offered "no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States." The main purpose of the new order was to modify the original order in ways that would make it acceptable to the courts – notably by exempting holders of green cards and valid visas and by removing the original priority given to "religious minorities." more »