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EPA proposes revisions to the Ozone NAAQS

Office of Advocacy - 1 hour 25 min ago

On December 17, 2014, EPA issues proposed revisions to the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for Ozone.  This widely anticipated rule proposes to lower the primary standard to a level within the range of 65 to 70 parts per billion.  Because the NAAQS impose requirements only on states, EPA has certified that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on small entities.

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EPA proposes air emission standards for Brick Production

Office of Advocacy - 1 hour 27 min ago

On December 18, 2014, EPA issued proposed regulations that would establish national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for brick and structural clay products manufacturing. This rule would set emission standards for a wide variety of pollutants, including particulate matter, mercury, and acid gases.  A majority of the firms in brick production are small businesses, and EPA projects that this rule may force some out of business.

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Cool Apps: NORAD Tracks Santa

InteroMojo - 2 hours 3 min ago

On December 24th, while we’re all snug in our beds dreaming of dancing sugar plums, one man embarks on the longest work day of his year. Santa Claus makes his rounds from continent to continent, country to country, dropping off presents to all those who have been nice throughout the year (okay, maybe those who have been naughty too). Guided by his 8 tiny reindeer, somehow, he manages to do this all in one night. In total, Santa will visit over 100 million households just in the US on the eve of Christmas morning. Now think about that multiplied by the whole world. Pretty amazing.

Well, you can track Santa’s trip with the NORAD tracks Santa App. Watch the days countdown to Santa’s flight, follow Santa’s progress and play games to help Santa’s elves deliver presents. Visit the NORAD website to see daily updates straight from the North Pole. Check out the holiday village to play the day’s game in the arcade or find out more about Santa and how he’s able to get so much done in such a short time in the Library. You can even visit the exclusive theater to watch movies and listen to music straight from the North Pole music station to get you in the holiday spirit.

So jump in on the fun and bring out the Christmas kid in everyone.

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FTC Commissioner Looks Back, and Ahead, on Patent Litigation Reform Efforts

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:40pm
Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offered some interesting year-end thoughts on abusive litigation by patent-assertion entities (“PAE”, or to some, “patent trolls”) in a speech last week. Most notable in Commissioner Brill’s comments was her call for legislative change even as FTC and the federal courts are addressing some of the […]
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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:21am

Both number and value of small business loans increase for the first time in five years.

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Rockefeller Highlights Key Investments Included in FY 2015 Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today highlighted major investments he helped secure as Commerce Committee Chairman in the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

“The Commerce Committee has broad jurisdiction over several critical government agencies and programs with a wide-range of responsibilities – from making our railways and airways safer, to investing in STEM fields for our next generation,” said Rockefeller. “To achieve these goals, our agencies...

Monday Morning Mojo: Make it to 100

InteroMojo - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:30am

So, here is the question… If people won’t make small changes to save their life, how in the world will people make small changes to make more money, have better relationships, have a better business, or have a better life? That is the bazillion dollar question and if someone can figure out the answer you will make Mark Zuckerberg look like a chump. Here’s a thought…Maybe in order to start making more money, having better relationships, having a better business and having a better life we need to start by making the most important thing we all have better…our health.

If I told you that I could give you some tips on things you can do to live longer, maybe even live to be 100, would you do it? Would you make the changes? I hope the answer all of us would say is YES!!!!!! Well, here’s your chance. Go to www.livingto100.com and do the LivingTo100 Calculator. At the end, the “test” will tell you, based on your answers to the questions, how long you can expect to live. It will also give you some tips on things you can do to live longer.

Here’s my prediction: If you take the test and if you make the necessary changes to live to 100, you will not only live longer, but because you will feel better and will be more fired up about the fact that you are doing all the right things to give yourself a shot at making it to 100, you will make more money, have better relationships, have a better business, and just plain and simply have a better life.

Let’s start by making some changes in the most important area of our life and it will help us make some changes in the other areas of our life as well.

Here’s to making it to 100++++

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Thune Welcomes Commerce Committee Members for the 114th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today welcomed new and returning Republican members to the committee:

“In the 114th Congress, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will work to advance solutions that help create jobs, grow the economy, and improve Americans’ daily lives, and I’m fortunate to be joined in this endeavor by a strong group of Republican members. From transportation and Internet policy to consumer protecti...

Weekend Wellness: Planning For A Storm

InteroMojo - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 8:00am

When we know a big storm is on the horizon or we plan on taking a trip “in” to a storm, we prepare for it. If our tires are bald, we consider new tires. We look at our windshield wipers, get new ones if needed, and we keep a blanket in the car.

For our homes we check any leaks which might need attending, we clean the gutters and stock up on candles.

If we know we are going to be out and about we bring our hats, gloves and umbrellas. We prepare for the storm as best we can.

What about when we wake up, expecting a sunny “emotional” day and an emotional storm hits us out of the blue. Are you prepared? Do you know how to calm yourself down to handle the chaos? Do you know how to move into “safety” mode and protect your family (i.e. how not to yell, have a breakdown, be grumpy, etc.)?

How about when you over indulge in food and even alcohol? Do you know how to ground yourself and be healthy again? Do you quickly drink more water and choose low salt, low sugar foods on quick reflex to reset your body; or do you go for the greasiest burrito you can find to keep the dark clouds brewing in your body?

We value the safety of our cars and homes in stormy fronts; do you think we should also create a plan of how to react and protect our health in times of internal winter weather?

I think it’s time for a health preparedness plan!

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A Key Ruling for Food Labeling Class Action Defendants Issued on “Reasonable Consumer” Standard

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:30am
Guest Commentary by James D. Smith, Bryan Cave LLP In what seems likely to become a defining case on appeal, Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh granted summary judgment this week in a long-running food labeling class action. The plaintiff in Brazil v. Dole Packaged Foods, LLC, No. 12-CV-01831-LHK (N.D. Cal.), alleges that 10 […]
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Cool Apps: Ship Smarter with Slice

InteroMojo - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:05am

I’m sure by now, you’re feeling good about your holiday shopping. Items are are starting to pile up in a corner of your house. Your Cyber Monday purchases slowly trickling in. Can you even remember what you ordered or where it’s from? Not to mention which shipping carrier to expect it from? Well, today’s app is going to help with all of that because going through your thousands of emails to find the tracking information to make sure grandma received the gift basket you sent can be a challenge and time consuming.

Slice works seamlessly with your email inbox to find and store the e-receipts from the stuff you buy storing all of the information in one simple app. It will track your packages from shipment to delivery sending you automatic alerts on the status of your purchases.

To make life even easier, the app doesn’t stop there. For retailers that honor price adjustments, Slice will send you push notifications when the price drops for one of your purchases so you can recoup the difference! It will also alert you if one of your products has a recall associated with it.

To take advantage of Slice, all you have to do is sign up and link your account to your Google, Yahoo, Hotmail or other email system. Slice will automatically find your receipts and track your packages. It really is just that easy. It takes less than 2 minutes! To check on your purchases, just go to the app and click on the item you want to view or set up automatic notifications so the app tells you when there’s an update with your order. What a great way to keep organized this holiday season and throughout the year. You’ll wonder how you managed without it!

Watch how it works in the below video.

Click here to play video

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Rockefeller, Thune Statement on Passage of Commerce Cybersecurity Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) today applauded the passage of their bipartisan cyber legislation that will help strengthen and protect the nation’s economic and national security. The passage of the Rockefeller-Thune bill last night follows years of work to reach a bipartisan consensus on cybersecurity legislation.

“For years, I have said that cyber attacks pose one of the gravest threats to our national and economic security. Now, wi...

Committee Leaders Respond To NLRB Ambush Election Rule

Education & the Workforce Committee - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:00am
 House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chair Phil Roe (R-TN) issued the following joint statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) implemented a new rule speeding up the union election process: 

After more than three years of public outcry, the Obama board is still determined to impose an ambush election scheme on our nation’s workplaces. This administrative overreach will stifle employers’ free speech, cripple workers’ free choice, and jeopardize the privacy of workers and their families. It will completely upend an election process that has worked well for decades, one that is fair and designed to foster agreement.

The American people want policies that will set us on the path to a stronger economy, more jobs, and higher wages for working families. This misguided ambush election rule will pull our country in the opposite direction. Congress cannot stand by and let that happen. The committee has been leading the fight against the president’s radical labor board, and rest assured, we will continue to do so.

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