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Addressing Domestic Violence in Professional Sports

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today announced a full committee hearing on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. titled, “Addressing Domestic Violence in Professional Sports.” 

The hearing will examine the current policies of the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL) with regard to domestic violence. Specifically, the hearing will examine how those policies ...

“Perez v. MBA”: Clashing Perspective on Administrative Law Meet at the Supreme Court

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 1:54pm
The contrasting perspectives of the stakes in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n, an administrative law case that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear on Monday, December 1, could not be starker. Law professors are allegedly unanimous that the Court should reverse the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit doctrine at issue, a doctrine […]
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Seventh Circuit Continues Scrutiny of Class Action Settlements and Cy Pres

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:17am
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has, for better and worse, been at the forefront of federal class action jurisprudence recently. On the “better” side of the ledger, the appeals court has closely scrutinized and rejected a number of class action settlements in 2014. Its most recent rejection, Pearson v. NBTY, also […]
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Commerce Committee Announces Transportation Safety Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, to consider
transportation safety related nominations. Additional details regarding timing
and witness list will be forthcoming shortly.

NOMINATIONS HEARING*

Date: December 3, 2014

Hearing Start Time: To Be Determined

Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building

*Witness list is forthcoming.

For reporters interested in reservi...

Update: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Urges Payment Processors to Deter Online Copyright Piracy

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:10pm
In our October 2, 2014 post, Profit, Not Ideology, Motivates Cyberlockers that Facilitate Copyright Infringement, we noted that a Digital Citizens Alliance study found that 29 out of the 30cyberlockers it reviewed accepted payment using a MasterCard or Visa credit card. We urged those payment processors to follow the example of PayPal, which has worked aggressively […]
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Rockefeller Statement on Honda's Failure to Accurately Report Injuries, Deaths Linked to Its Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement after Honda announced that it had underreported the number of deaths and injuries linked to defects in its vehicles. 

“Honda’s failure to report important safety information to NHTSA is unacceptable. Even if such omissions were inadvertent and due to sloppy data management, it highlights the need to properly sanction companies who fail to provide NHTSA with the data it needs to protect the driving ...

Graves Encourages Americans to Shop Local, Introduces ‘Small Business Saturday’ Resolution

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:00am
House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today highlighted “Small Business Saturday” in appreciation of the small businesses that help build strong, prosperous communities throughout the nation. Members of the Committee joined Graves and 54 bipartisan cosponsors to support a resolution designating a day as an expression of support for America’s 28 million small businesses. 

The Graves’ resolution encourages people to buy goods and services locally from the small firms in their communities on November 29th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Again this year, Small Business Saturday coincides with the holiday weekend’s traditional surge in economic activity. Major retailers often advertise heavily for “Black Friday” shopping specials, and since 2010, Small Business Saturday has followed with a “shop local” theme. This bipartisan resolution helps raise awareness of the value of having thriving small businesses in every community and the outsized impact of small businesses on the U.S. economy.

“I’m pleased to introduce the ‘Small Business Saturday’ resolution for 2014, and express support for the small firms that serve our communities every day,” said Chairman Graves. “The Saturday after Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to simply say ‘thank you’ to a small business near you. Small businesses have a big impact on the economy, and they are built on hard work and good ideas. By employing nearly half of all private sector employees in the country, small businesses support millions of families, and we can all celebrate when they succeed.”

Cosponsors:

Rep. Bachmann
Rep. Barber
Rep. Bentivolio 
Rep. Bonamici
Rep. Brownley  
Rep. Bustos
Rep. Cardenas 
Rep. Chabot  
Rep. Chu 
Rep. Cicilline 
Rep. Clarke 
Rep. Coffman 
Rep. Collins (NY) 
Rep. Daines
Rep. DeLauro
Rep. DelBene 
Rep. Ellmers  
Rep. Esty 
Rep. Farenthold  
Rep. Garcia  
Rep. Gosar
Rep. Grijalva  
Rep. Hahn 
Rep. Hanna
Rep. Hastings
Rep. Herrera-Beutler
Rep. Huizenga  
Rep. King (IA) 
Rep. Kirkpatrick  
Rep. Latham  
Rep. Loebsack  
Rep. Leutkemeyer
Rep. Meng
Rep. Moore 
Rep. Mulvaney  
Rep. Murphy  
Rep. Pingree 
Rep. Richmond  
Rep. Ruiz 
Rep. Rush 
Rep. Ryan (OH) 
Rep. Sanchez (CA-46) 
Rep. Schakowsky
Rep. Schrader
Rep. Sensenbrenner
Rep. Shea-Porter 
Rep. Slaughter  
Rep. Speier
Rep. Takano
Rep. Tipton  
Rep. Titus
Rep. Van Hollen
Rep. Womack

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Local “Fracking” Bans Face Constititional Takings Challenges

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:28pm
Featured Expert Column – Environmental Law and Policy by Samuel B. Boxerman, Sidley Austin LLP with Ben Tannen, Sidley Austin LLP Recently, the citizens of Denton, Texas voted to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city limits, becoming the first municipality in the state to do so. One day later, the Texas Oil and Gas Association […]
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Monday Morning Mojo: Thanks-Giving

InteroMojo - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:30am

Thanksgiving is a time to give Thanks and hopefully be able to make a difference and Give back in some way to those we love and those less fortunate than us. We can give by holding a hand, by giving a hug, volunteering, or giving tangible items or money. As much as I love the holidays because I can spend time with my family and friends, it’s unfortunate how commercialized it has become. Heck, now Black Friday has really turned into Black Thursday and Friday with stores opening on Thanksgiving Day and then there is Cyber Monday in an effort to maximize profits. Are you kidding me…is this really what Thanksgiving and the holidays are all about?

One of the things we have always been passionate about at Intero is giving back and making a difference. Not just over the holidays but every day of the year. It doesn’t take much to make an amazing impact and really better the world around us. At the same time it fills our hearts with positivity attracting good things toward us and making us more productive. Who doesn’t want that?

In fact there’s a story behind the Intero Foundation that is just that, giving small and getting BIG! Back in 2002, the Christmas following the launch of Intero, a bunch of us had the urge to purchase a few bicycles and deliver them to local children in need on Christmas morning. Wow, was this one of those moments that almost made you cry. Imagine knocking on the door of a child with no Christmas tree, no toys from Santa, barely jammies on their backs, and then you bring them a bike. Each child lite up as they opened the door and realized what was happening. Joy came over their faces, relief to their little bodies, and amazement came over them. It was more than a bike to them, it was bigger, it was a memory and an experience these children may never forget. We gave a moment of hope.

What did those that gave that day receive? Well I can’t speak for everyone, but I know what came from that day was the inception of a great organization known as the Intero Foundation. Since then, our agents and employees have helped raise more than $3 million dollars and lent support to more than 130 non-profits helping thousands of children in need within the local communities we serve.

Some of the non-profits we’ve recently granted include; Sunday Friends Foundation, YMCA of Silicon Valley, Peer Court, Good Karma Bikes, Jose Valdes Math Foundation, NatureBridge, Grateful Garment Project, Next Door Solutions, TeenForce, The DreamPower Foundation, and the list goes on. The Intero Foundation partners directly with the non-profits it grants to make SURE the dollars given directly impact the children through the purchase of clothing, school supplies, computers, or by simply giving them an opportunity to experience life as all children should.

On Tuesday, December 2nd the Intero Foundation will join an international movement and day of giving back called #GivingTuesday. In the week following Thanksgiving, Americans will spend billions of dollars in the shopping frenzies around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a day to remind us all that giving means much more than the exchange of material goods—it means volunteering at a local shelter, helping out a friend in need, and, of course, donating to worthy causes, like our Intero Foundation.

So take this as an opportunity to help us impact a child in your own neighborhood, which may need some extra help. Donate anytime now through December 2nd at www.InteroGives.com and be confident the money is going where the children need it most.

I thank you again for your support.

      

   

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GSA Issues Draft Solicitation for New Leasing Support Services Contract

GSA news releases - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:00am
New Contract is Expected to Generate Approximately $100M in Rent Credits to Tenant Agencies

ObamaCare 2.0: Same Old Headaches for Nation's Classrooms

Education & the Workforce Committee - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:00am
The second year of the ObamaCare open enrollment season has begun and Americans are more displeased than ever with the president’s health care law. Schools, in particular, continue to feel the law’s negative effects, from increased costs to diminished services. In Louisiana, administrators are being forced to cut staff hours to keep their schools afloat and their students in the classroom:

Worries about running afoul of the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” — have forced officials in Ascension Parish to turn the hunt for substitute teachers to a staffing agency to track hours and avoid federal penalties ... "This is really, really a major concern,” said Scott Richard, executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association.

The uproar in education circles, as well as other industries nationwide, stems from a part of the law that requires employers to offer health insurance coverage to part-time workers who are employed 30 hours or more per week, or face federal fines of up to $2,000 per person. Superintendents said such coverage is a huge expense for school districts still reeling from five years of a near freeze in state aid for public schools. “Given the cost of benefits, that would be an unbelievable drain on school systems,” [superintendent, Ascension Parish school system] Pujol said.
– The Advocate, ObamaCare Forces Louisiana Public Schools to Scramble for Substitute Teachers

In New Jersey, school districts are even being forced to outsource their substitute teaching:

A school district in New Jersey is planning to outsource substitute teachers in an effort to counter rising costs of the Affordable Care Act. Roanoke City Public Schools in January will start using the New Jersey-based company Source4Teachers to supply it with substitute teachers, substitute aides and substitute clerical workers … Officials said they began research into the outsourcing option due to the Obamacare mandate that, as of Jan. 1, employees working an average of 30 hours or more a week must be offered health insurance. – Newsmax, Obamacare Costs Push NJ School System to Outsource Sub Teachers

As has been said time and again, the nation’s students and teachers deserve better. That’s why the House passed with bipartisan support the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 2575), legislation to restore the 40-hour work week. Another proposal would simply exempt schools from the employer mandate, providing relief from one of the law’s most onerous mandates.

As the committee continues to fight for commonsense health care solutions and investigate the challenges facing schools as a result of the president’s fatally-flawed law, please share #YourStory by visiting www.edworkforce.house.gov/YourStory or e-mailing us at TellYourStory@mail.house.gov.

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Weekend Wellness: A Plan For The Holidays

InteroMojo - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am

It’s here! The Holidays. Halloween was the intro, but Thanksgiving is a full court press of the Season!

This is a wonderful time of year, however working with clients, these can be some of the most challenging weeks of the year…late November through January.

There’s travel, shopping, family, friends, parties and FOOD…wonderfully decadent food! We want to be able to kick up our heels, relax on the couch, avoid workouts, sipping eggnog, enjoying homemade pastries, laughing with friends and family and pretending that if we have an abundance of cheese, double servings of stuffing, samplings of every dish made and drink wine instead of water that it is ok.

Well, it is ok, but you might just put on a few pounds. But maybe that’s ok with you! Maybe you worked hard in September and October to allow yourself to put on a few pounds. Maybe you’ve hired a personal trainer (I know some great ones) who will help you burn it off. Or maybe you are like so many who have this happy place called denial and in January you feel puffy, sick, heavy, toxic and have the same 10 pounds to lose that you work on every January.

Here’s a novel thought…you can laugh, enjoy friends and family, relax and still have a great time. You can make this season different…you can start January off with a healthy body, a lean tummy and kidneys which love you!

Here’s the trick. Decide now how you want to feel come January 1st. Decide now if you are willing to make some adjustments (I didn’t say deprivations) which will help you wind up at your destination place in January; feeling pretty darn good!

Let’s say you are at a healthy body weight now and you’d like to be there in 6 weeks. You will need to make some choices now on how and what you will eat and do. How about you decide you will get in 200 minutes of activity a week, any way you can fit it in. Decide that now and calendar it. Invite your family, invite your out of town guests to be active because chances are they, too, are stressed about getting in enough activity! You will be giving them a gift quite possibly.

Then you decide you will eat some out of the box foods, but only those which you might not ever get to try again, or won’t for another year. Decide to fill up your plate with 70% vegetables and then if you want more, you wait 20 minutes and get only 1 item which is “calling” to you.

Decide now you will drink 80+ oz of water a day (I recommend at least 100).

Another consideration is if you are looking at the food options and there’s rolls, potatoes, and pastries, you take a pause and realize you could have those ANY time of the year. They aren’t just available during Thanksgiving, so consider saving those for another occasion.

Think about it this way…when you start buying Christmas gifts, most of us decide on a budget so we don’t end up paying off our credit cards for the next 8 months of 2015 from this time of year. We set our boundaries now and look for the deals. It’s the same way with our health. If we can pay “cash” (so to speak) for our health and not go in to debt in January, we’ll be ahead of the game with our health. What an amazing feeling that will be!

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Cool Apps: Tis’ the Season for Red Stamp

InteroMojo - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:00am

This is a friendly reminder that Christmas is only 34 days away. Scary isn’t it? I’m here to help you knock at least one task off of your Holiday To-Do list. Even do it before Thanksgiving!

Red Stamp, a great little app we’ve previously written about here, will help you quickly and effortlessly design and distribute holiday cards. Once your card is designed, a few clicks allows you to email, tweet, Facebook, Instagram. Even better, Red Stamp will print eco-friendly postcard and deliver them, with postage, to a list of recipients you can upload.

Take a look at our review for some more information here or visit redstamp.com to create this year’s holiday cards in just a few minutes.

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Rockefeller: Takata, Automakers Must Take Responsibility and Action for Deadly Airbag Defect

Statement for the Record

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

“Examining Takata Airbag Defects and the Vehicle Recall Process”

I want to thank Senator Nelson for chairing this important and timely hearing on yet another safety crisis in the automobile industry that has killed and maimed Americans for reasons we must uncover. He and Senators McCaskill, Blumenthal, and Markey have been on top of this developing situati...

Rockefeller, Thune Issue Joint Statement on Passage of STELA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and John Thune (R-SD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today issued the following statement following Senate passage of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014:

“Today’s unanimous passage of the bipartisan, bicameral STELA Reauthorization Act guarantees that 1.5 million satellite pay TV subscribers maintain access to distant broadcast network television signals.  At the same time, the bill also makes important, common-sense and pro-consumer ...

Thune, Nelson Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Auto Injuries, Deaths From Faulty Parts by Incentivizing Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) today introduced legislation (S. 2949) that would incentivize employees from the automotive sector to voluntarily provide information on faulty products to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to prevent serious physical injuries and death. In the 114th Congress, Thune is in line to become the Commerce Committee chairman, and Nelson is in line to become the ranking member. U.S. Senator...

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