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Kline Statement on NLRB Joint Employer Decision

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:00am

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement after National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin determined McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees are “joint employers”:

This decision is detached from reality. While the board is considering this very issue, the general counsel is trying to rewrite the franchise model workers, employers, and consumers have known for decades. This is yet another activist decision from the general counsel's office. Big Labor has scored once again at the expense of workers and employers. Let’s hope wiser heads prevail and this absurd decision is rejected.

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The Supreme Court’s NOT Top 10: October 2013 Term Cases the Justices Wrongly Passed Over

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:08am
The Supreme Court press and other court observers have spilled a lot of ink this past month discussing the cases the Supreme Court took and decided during October Term 2013. Relatively little was said about the cases the court chose not to decide—and it passed over some doozies. But as Rush drummer and lyricist Neil […]
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Monday Morning Mojo: It’s Important

InteroMojo - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:30am

One of the things I really focus on doing is making a conscious decision every day to spend my time doing the important and not the urgent. Most people spend the majority of their lives running around like a chicken with their head cut off jumping from one thing to another dealing with all of the urgent crap in life. But you know what? The urgent stuff is typically nothing more than the important stuff we procrastinated on doing and now if it doesn’t get done something is going to blow up! Guess what – it’s urgent.

It’s important that we exercise and eat right every day. If we don’t, when we get 50 to 100 pounds overweight, and our blood pressure and cholesterol are through the roof, it will be urgent that we take care of ourselves so we don’t keel over and have a heart attack, or worse.

It is important that we spend quality time with our family, every day. If we don’t, it will become urgent one day when we come home and they are gone.

It is important to constantly be embracing change and innovation. If not, one day we will wake up and the world will have past us by and we will be frantically trying to catch up. Change and innovation will become urgent.

I know the urgent will always pull at us, but the key is to have the discipline to stick to doing the important and we will be successful at whatever we do. It’s Important, not Urgent.

Make it a GREAT week!

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Weekend Wellness: Epsom Salt

InteroMojo - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:00am

Recently, I have fallen in love with Epsom salt…do you know what it is? I found some great articles which I compiled together below. Read through this and it might help break down a little more information for you….and you just might fall in love with it too!

When I exercise a lot, I soak in a bath of Epsom salts every day and it helps enormously. It will also help (at least in my experience) any inflammation and/or bruising.

What I didn’t know until I did a little research is that Epsom salt also has great benefits with gardening and cleaning! Read on and check it out if interested!

What is Epsom salt?

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. The Magnesium can help with regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

What are the health benefits of using Epsom salt?

Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. One of the simplest ways to ease stress and stress-related problems is to soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom salt.

Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.

Relieves pain and muscle cramps
An Epsom salt bath (you can use a foot bath too) is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to get soothing comfort. Try soaking your aching, tired (and smelly) feet in a tub of water with half a cup of Epsom Salt. It will soften skin and even neutralize foot odor.

Helps muscles and nerves function properly
Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.

Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.

Makes insulin more effective
Proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.
Eliminates toxins from the body
The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.

For a foot bath, add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Relax and soak feet for 20 minutes. If you like, rub away any calluses using a pumice stone. Dry feet, then add two drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite natural moisturizer, like shea or coconut butter, and rub in thoroughly to lock in the moisture. If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
Athlete’s Foot – Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.

Remove splinters – Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.

Treat toenail fungus – Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.

Soothe sprains and bruises – Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.

Ease discomfort of Gout – Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
Exfoliate dead skin – In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.

Exfoliating face cleanser – To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Dislodge blackheads – Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.

Remove foot odor – Mix a half cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odor, sooth achy feet, and soften rough skin.

Remove hairspray – Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt. Cover the mixture and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.

Hair volumizer – Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salt and warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Clean bathroom tiles – Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.

Prevent slugs – Sprinkle Epsom salt on or near interior entry points to prevent slugs.

As a hand wash – Mix Epsom salt with baby oil and keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.

Clean detergent build-up on washing machines – Fill the machine tub with hot water, add Epsom salt, and run an agitate/soak/agitate cycle to dissolve detergent build-up (please consult your machine’s instruction manual for specific instructions).
Fertilize your houseplants – Most plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulfur to stay in good health and Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Sprinkle Epsom salt once weekly to help nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.

Keep your lawn green – Magnesium sulfate crystals, when added to the soil, provide vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color (magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule) in plants. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and sprinkle on your lawn to keep the grass healthy and green.

Insecticide spray – Use Epson salts on your lawn and in your garden to safely and naturally get rid of plant pests.

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Intero Cool Apps: Destroy Vertical Video Syndrome For Good!

InteroMojo - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:00am

How many times have you recorded something on your phone vertically, that is, without turning it so it’s horizontal like a TV screen?

I know, we’re use to using our phones up and down for normal phone activities, but when it comes to filming or snapping photos we forget that the function of the phone has totally changed. Videos should be sideways like a screen. You can fit more into the photo when they’re taken horizontally. It’s hard to remember to turn your phone and that’s why I’m showing you today’s very cool app.

Horizon lets you record horizontal videos and photos no matter how you hold your device. It can be vertical, it can be sideways, it can be at an angle. No matter what, the app will automatically stay level so you can focus on what’s happening through the lens: your kid’s first bike ride or your wife’s reaction as she walks into a surprise birthday party.

It’s pretty awesome so you have to check it out. The app does cost $1.99 but believe me, it’s $1.99 well spent.

See how easy it is to use in the video below.

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GSA's Green Buildings Fight Climate Change

GSA news releases - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:00am
GSA receives top marks on OMB scorecard

ADVISORY: Committee To Hold Hearings With EPA Deputy Administrator And On The Use Of Telemedicine By Small Medical Practices

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:00am

Week Ahead for the Committee: July 28-August 1

Committee To Hold Hearings With EPA Deputy Administrator And On The Use Of Telemedicine By Small Medical Practices

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of July 28, 2014:
On Wednesday, July 30, at 1:00 p.m., the Committee will conduct a hearing titled "Regulatory Overreach: Is EPA Meeting Its Small Business Obligations?” The hearing will focus on the proposed rules to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants pursuant to the President’s Climate Action Plan and the recently issued “waters of the United States” proposed rule.
“Our Committee has been active in exposing the EPA’s regulatory overreach on some of their latest proposed rules,” said Chairman Graves. “Many of their proposals will have a detrimental impact on our economy and small business growth. However, the EPA does not assess the effects of its rules on small businesses as required by law. We look forward to hearing from EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe about the EPA’s process for analyzing the consequences of its regulations as they affect small business.”

On Thursday, July 31, at 10:00 a.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), will conduct a hearing titled “Telemedicine: A Prescription for Small Medical Practices?" The purpose of the hearing is to examine how small medical practices are using telemedicine to expand their reach and grow their business. Members will hear from experts and physicians about telemedicine challenges and how Washington may be contributing to some of those challenges.
“Technology is quickly changing the way many small companies do business, and this is definitely true for the health care industry and how small medical practices provide care,” said Chairman Collins. “Telemedicine can help overcome many physical, geographical and socioeconomic challenges. This hearing will examine whether or not Washington has caught up with this useful technology.”

Watch the hearing live HERE.

Event Details:
Wednesday, July 30, 1:00 p.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Committee
Regulatory Overreach: Is EPA Meeting Its Small Business Obligations?

Thursday, July 31, 10:00 a.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology
Telemedicine: A Prescription for Small Medical Practices? 


House Advances Bipartisan Legislation to Support Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking

Education & the Workforce Committee - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:00am

The House of Representatives today approved the final bill in a series of legislative reforms aimed at strengthening support for youth who are victims of sex trafficking. The proposed bills would improve identification and assessment of child sex trafficking victims and enhance existing services for runaway and homeless youth.

“We have a moral obligation to do all we can to serve children who are victims of sex trafficking,” said Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “No victim should be denied critical support because of outdated policies or fall through the cracks of a child welfare system. The legislation passed by the House will fix these flaws and strengthen our response to this national crisis. I want to thank Representatives Bass, Heck, and Beatty for helping to lead this important, bipartisan effort.”

Each year an estimated 300,000 children become victims of sex trafficking. Many of these children were once involved in a state child welfare system, yet their experience with sexual exploitation may go undetected. The House-passed bipartisan legislation would enhance support services for victims and improve the child welfare response to trafficking:

  • Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act. Introduced by Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), John Kline (R-MN), Tom Marino (R-PA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the legislation (H.R. 5081) will improve practices within state child welfare systems to identify, assess, and document sex trafficking victims. H.R. 5081 passed the House by a vote of 399 to 0 on Friday, July 25.
  • Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act. Introduced by Reps. Joe Heck (R-NV), John Kline (R-MN), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), the legislation (H.R. 5076) will improve support provided specifically to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking. H.R. 5076 passed the House by voice vote on Wednesday, July 23.

The House also passed earlier this week H.R. 5111, legislation introduced by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) that would add the term “child sex trafficking” to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline reporting areas to reinforce that these children are victims, not criminals. H.R. 5111 passed the House by a vote of 409 to 0 on Thursday, July 24. 

To learn more about the legislative proposals, click here.

To watch Chairman Kline’s floor remarks on H.R. 5076, click here

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FDA Advisory Committee Not Rife with Conflicts of Interest? — “Please!” Quips Federal Judge

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:35pm
In order to achieve results that it believes are vital to public health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has demonstrated time and again that it’s not afraid to trample laws and constitutional rights along the way. Occasionally, judges reintroduce FDA to the Rule of Law. We applaud one such recent rebuke by Judge Richard […]
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Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: Winning

InteroMojo - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:45pm

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.?”
- Jack Welch

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I’ve been listening to a great interview that Darren Hardy of SUCCESS magazine did with Jack Welch earlier this year. The interview has encouraged me to re-listen to Welch’s book, Winning, which came out in 2005.

Once again, I came to realize how much this book is definitely not your typical management book. It was built from information Welch gained from doing 150 sessions across the globe after he retired. In the sessions he allowed the attendees to ask any questions they wanted. All of the questions in one way or another, were about Winning. This content is what helped him to shape this book.

The book itself is full of Welch’s actual experiences from his forty years climbing the ranks and becoming chairman and CEO of GE. It’s written clearly and simply for optimal retention and it’s definitely not full of just the same old stuff. Welch’s optimistic, get-it-done mind-set keeps you engaged as he offers deep insights, original thinking and solutions to typical problems that you might run into in the work place.

One of the sections that is most notable is the chapter on Leadership. He lays out 8 rules that always work.

  1. Relentlessly upgrade your team. In every encounter with them, “evaluate, coach, and build self-confidence.”
  2. Instill the vision.
  3. Spread energy and optimism.
  4. Establish trust by being candid, transparent and giving credit where it’s due.
  5. Make the unpopular decisions.
  6. Probe and push. Make sure your “questions are answered with action.”
  7. Inspire risk-taking and learning by doing both yourself.
  8. Celebrate.


Overall, the book is a great read that anyone will find insightful no matter where you are in your career.

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GSA Announces Strategic Sourcing Awards for Janitorial and Sanitation Supplies

GSA news releases - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:00am
GSA announces 18 BPAs for a new strategic sourcing solution designed to help federal agencies purchase Janitorial and Sanitation supplies.

Kline Applauds Passage of Higher Ed Bill to Improve Student Financial Counseling

Education & the Workforce Committee - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am

The House of Representatives today approved bipartisan legislation that would improve financial counseling support for college students and their parents. Passed by a vote of 405 to 11, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (H.R. 4984) is the third in a series of bills passed by the House to strengthen the nation’s higher education system.

Authored by Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and cosponsored by Reps. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act:

  • Ensures both students and parents who participate in a federal loan program receive interactive counseling each year that reflects their individual borrowing situation.
  • Informs low-income students about the terms and conditions of the Pell Grant program through annual counseling that will be provided to all grant recipients. 
  • Directs the secretary of education to maintain and disseminate a consumer-tested, online counseling tool institutions can use to provide annual loan counseling, exit counseling, and annual Pell Grant counseling.

Earlier this week, the House also passed with overwhelming bipartisan support legislation to spur innovation and strengthen transparency in higher education. Speaking of the progress being made to reauthorize the Higher Education ActEducation and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) said:

The House continues to make strong, bipartisan progress toward strengthening our nation’s higher education system. The legislation advanced today will help students and families make smart choices about paying for a college education. I want to thank Representatives Guthrie, Hudson, and Bonamici for their bipartisan leadership on this important legislation. By working across the aisle, we can help make a difference right now in the lives of students and families. I encourage the Senate to follow our lead and look forward to continuing this bipartisan effort in the months ahead.

To learn more about H.R. 4984, click here.

To learn more about the effort to reform the Higher Education Act, visit

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Small Agriculture Businesses Advocate For New SBA Size Standard

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am

The Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), today held a hearing to examine the small business size standard for agricultural businesses. The purpose of the hearing was to determine whether the current standard accurately reflects the structural and economic realities of modern small agriculture production operations and evaluate whether it should be changed to better fit today’s industry and increase participation in federal procurement, as well as improve regulatory analysis of how new rules affect small businesses.  

The Small Business Act authorizes the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish small business size standards, which are normally either employee or revenue-based. Unlike the size standards established for all other industries by the SBA, the size standard for agriculture enterprises are statutorily established. In 1984, SBA lowered the size standard for small agricultural enterprises to $100,000 in annual receipts from $500,000. Congress believed this was too low, and would exclude the vast majority of family farms, so in 1985 the size standard was increased to $500,000. In 2000, Congress updated the size standard to $750,000 in annual receipts.
"Today’s hearing provided a necessary dialogue about whether the agriculture size standard is adequate for today’s economy,” said Chairman Tipton. “The wrong size standard may harm legitimately small agricultural producers by denying them access to SBA programs, such as the federal contracting programs and loan programs. Additionally, many federal agencies view these standards as the default small business size standard when considering their obligations under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires agencies to analyze how their rules will affect small entities. In the coming months, this Committee will continue exploring solutions to the problems we heard today, including whether the current statutory standard needs be updated and the best process for doing so.”

Materials from the hearing are available on the Committee’s website HERE.

Notable Quotes:

Mark Oestman, Owner of Oestman Farms, LLC in Eckley, Colorado said, “I believe that the Small Business Administration should seriously consider substantially raising the arbitrary $750,000 [size standard] in receipts that currently exists for agriculture producers. The dynamics of today’s farms and farmers, especially those who farm as their sole source of income, have changed dramatically and I believe the limit should as well. Due to factors largely out of a farmer’s control, my total receipts and expenses can change dramatically from year to year, and I believe that SBA standards should take many of those factors into consideration and increase the standard."
Ken Keesaman, Owner of KK Farms Red Angus in Osborn, Missouri said, “The evolution of today’s livestock industry has shifted and in order for family businesses to survive we have expanded and diversified our operations. In terms of agriculture, today’s small business has changed and it is appropriate for the size standards applied by the Small Business Administration to more accurately represent today’s small operations. It is my understanding that agriculture is the only industry where the statute establishes our size standard. With that being the case, Congress must change the statue and consider alternatives to the current size standards so they more accurately reflect today’s small businesses.”


Kline Statement: H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act

Education & the Workforce Committee - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am

Every family knows the cost of pursuing a higher education is out of control. It’s felt intensely each and every day by countless Americans; by parents who worry how they will put their kids through college; by students who fear they will be left with a pile of debt and no job prospects; by working men and women who hope a degree will let them reach the next rung on the economic ladder.

We know that solutions to the college cost crisis must ultimately come from states and institutions. But there are things Congress can do right now to keep the dream of a postsecondary education within reach.

Helping students find the right institution is one way we can make a difference. Yesterday the House passed with strong bipartisan support the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act. The legislation will arm students with the best information available in a format that is easy to understand, information that includes key facts such as an institution’s costs, completion rates, and student loan debt.

Students and families currently face a tsunami of information that is mostly confusing, conflicting, and unnecessary. The bill streamlines the information and how it is delivered, enabling students to be smart shoppers in the college marketplace.

However, picking an institution is only half the challenge. Families then have to figure out how to pay for it, and far too many are unprepared to make those tough decisions. Some students choose loans and debt when other assistance in the form of grants and scholarships are readily available. And those that do opt for student loans often have no real concept of what they’re getting into or what it means for their future.

Clearly current policies promoting financial literacy are coming up short. That is why I am pleased to support the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act. The bipartisan legislation includes a series of reforms that will help students and families make wise financial decisions about their postsecondary education.

For example, the bill ensures borrowers – both students and parents – receive annual counseling that reflects their personal situations and requires consent each year before receiving a federal loan. The legislation also makes sure low-income individuals who rely on Pell Grants are informed about the terms and conditions of their grant.

The bill also delivers more robust counseling upon graduation, requiring that information on a borrower’s loan balance and anticipated monthly payments be provided. Finally, the legislation directs the Secretary of Education to maintain a consumer-tested, online counseling tool that will help institutions put this important information into the hands of those who need it.

This legislation is part of a broader effort to strengthen our nation’s higher education. Neither this bill nor the bills passed earlier this week are a silver bullet to challenges we face. However, by working together, we can begin to make a difference in the lives of students and families. That is precisely what the House is doing.

I want to thank the bipartisan authors of the legislation, Representatives Brett Guthrie, Richard Hudson, and Suzanne Bonamici. I urge my colleagues to support the bill and reserve the balance of my time.

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Move by Biotech Company Tees Up Court Consideration of Attorneys’-Fee Clause in Corporate Bylaws

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:28pm
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reported today that Philadelphia-based (but Delaware-incorporated) biotechnology company Hemispherx BioPharm Inc. has injected itself into the middle of a growing dispute over attorneys’ fees in shareholder class action lawsuits. (A hat-tip to the Institute for Legal Reform, whose must-read daily email referenced the WSJ Law Blog piece) Prompted by […]
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Rockefeller: Cruise Companies Must Be Held Accountable for Incidents, Crimes That Happen on Their Ships

Opening Statement

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

“The Cruise Passenger Protection Act (S.1340): Improving Consumer Protections for Cruise Passengers”

I would like to begin this hearing in the same way I started the hearing I held on the cruise industry last year – by saying that most people who take cruise sh...

Rockefeller Statement on Transportation Department's Proposed Crude-By-Rail Safety Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled a series of proposed rules intended to enhance the safe movement of crude oil and other flammable materials by rail.

“I am pleased the Administration is moving forward with a comprehensive rulemaking to improve the safety of crude oil and other hazardous materials by rail. We have seen the devastating impact on communities nationw...

Executive Session

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced that the Committee will hold an Executive Session on Wednesday, July 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxi...


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