Legislative Updates

From the monthly archives: February 2020

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Iowa Caucuses:

  The Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest of the 2020 election cycle, begin this week. There are 41 pledged delegates up for grabs in the Democratic race, plus an additional eight unpledged (superdelegates) from Iowa. All eyes are on Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders who has taken a lead in recent polling in the state. If he is able to gain more delegates than former Vice President Joe Biden tonight then it is increasingly likely he could win his neighboring state New Hampshire next week which will worry establishment Democrats. There are a total of 1,679 precincts that will meet to caucus. The Democratic Party in Iowa will also hold a number of "satellite" caucuses for those who are unable to travel to a caucus location. At most Democratic caucus locations, a candidate must get support from at least 15 percent of attendees to achieve viability. If that threshold isn't met, a candidate's supporters must realign to a different viable candidate or join with other nonviable gro ...

Joint Employer Webinar:

 

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Wage and Hour Division will offer a public webinar to provide compliance assistance on the final Joint Employer rule covering:

  • Provisions of the final rule so that employers comply with the changes and inform workers and their advocates of their rights.
  • Specific changes that the final rule will make when it becomes effective on March 16, 2020.
  • Detailed information about new materials and resources available on the joint employer final rule website, https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/2020-joint-employment

Transportation Update:

 

House Democrats last Wednesday unveiled a $760 billion framework to fund infrastructure investments over five years. Pushing through a substantial infrastructure package in an election year is going to be tough and the framework is largely seen as an effort by Democrats to take their first steps on a top campaign priority following impeachment.

The framework notably does not specify how to pay for the increased funding and Republicans outlined their own set of priorities on Tuesday ahead of the release of Democrats’ framework, including addressing the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund, addressing infrastructure for rural communities and ensuring state flexibility for infrastructure needs.

Impeachment Update:

 

The third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history will conclude this week after Democrats were unable to convince 4 Republicans to vote for additional witnesses and evidence for the trial last Friday. It is expected that President Trump will be acquitted of the two impeachment articles against him, making impeachment largely a campaign issue for both sides during the 2020 presidential election. It is also possible that three Senate Democrats—Sinema (Ariz.), Jones (Ala.) and Manchin (W.Va.) could vote with Republicans to acquit and provide the president with bipartisan support against his removal from office.   

While impeachment will conclude, it is still possible that the House will continue to investigate the administration’s involvement with Ukraine, including a potential subpoena of former National Security Adviser John Bolton, as a way to further damage the president in the lead up to the 2020 election.

PRO Act Update:

  ABC continues to push against the PRO Act as it heads to a vote on the House floor this week. Although the bill is likely to pass, as it has a majority of the House co-sponsoring, we are expecting a strong opposition vote from most Republicans and some swing district, pro-business Democrats that have expressed their concerns with the bill. ABC is sending the attached Key Vote letter on the bill to the Hill today and encourages members to continue to contact their U.S. Representatives to oppose the bill: https://www.votervoice.net/iframes/ABC/Campaigns/70659/Respond. Also, please see the attached draft letter to the editor that can be customized and placed in your local markets and feel free to reach out to Rachel O’Grady (Ogrady@abc.org) if you need any assistance with drafting and placing. Below are some examples of recent articles that have posted from ABC’s Northern Ohio Chapter and others: https://www.cleveland.com/letters/2020/01/tell-rep-joyce-to-vote-against-union-backed-pro-act.ht ...