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September 16, 2016

President Barack Obama has created a 4,900 square mile no-go zone for commercial fishing and other activity off the coast of New England as the first-ever Atlantic marine monument, a move loudly hailed by many environmentalists, but drawing strong protests from the fishing industry as well as causing discomfort among some prominent Democratic politicians whose constituents  are affected.

September 15, 2016

The “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,” (HR 5801) is intended to tighten, but not eliminate, a 1998 loophole in the law. Technically, H-1B “dependent” firms -- those employing 15% or more visa workers -- are prohibited from displacing U.S. employees. They are also required to make a “good faith” effort to hire a U.S. worker before taking on a visa worker. But these U.S. worker protections were also made toothless by law.

September 11, 2016

Global UAS Practice co-chair at the D.C. law firm Hogan Lovells, Lisa Ellman, also a co-executive director of the Commercial Drone Alliance, said: “Of course, Silicon Valley is operating at lightning speed and D.C.

September 02, 2016

Section 891 of the U.S. tax code, passed in 1934 but never used, allows the president to double tax rates for citizens and corporations of any country the administration considered was discriminating against U.S. companies. The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday declined to comment on whether Washington was considering such drastic measures, which Democratic and Republican lawmakers have proposed putting on the table due to what they see as overreach by the European Commission in a tax grab targeting American companies.

July 20, 2016

Federal auto-safety regulators are weighing requiring approval of automated-driving technologies before they reach the road, potentially expanding government oversight of auto makers after the first fatal crash involving a vehicle driving itself. Existing motor-vehicle safety rules don’t address autonomous vehicles, meaning regulators have no authority to block automated-car technologies before they are introduced.

July 11, 2016

The Department of Education is continuing to press states and school districts to rethink their testing regimens, unveiling Wednesday (7/6) a set of proposed assessment regulations under the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. "Our proposed regulations build on President Obama's plan to strike a balance around testing, providing additional support for states and districts to develop and use better, less burdensome assessments that give a more well-rounded picture of how students and schools are doing...

June 17, 2016

An industry coalition on Thursday proposed what it calls an alternative to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to open up the market for television set-top boxes. Under Wheeler’s proposal, the television providers like Comcast or Dish would have to open up their video feeds for use by anyone who wanted to build their own box or application to access the content.

June 06, 2016

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, met with community leaders, education advocates, and students at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle on the importance of expanding access to Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) education. In remarks delivered at the center, Murray discussed the need to invest in and support various programs both inside and outside of the classroom, and how to increase opportunities for women and minorities in STEM fields.

June 05, 2016

The event, hosted by Congressional Robotics Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Rob Woodall and Congressman Mike Doyle, will feature the latest in robotic technologies, as well as a discussion among leading scientists, educators and thought-leaders, and will promote improved public understanding of development of co-robots in the modern world.

June 02, 2016

As a conservative Republican from the West and a liberal Democrat from the Midwest, senators Cory Gardner (R–CO) and Gary Peters (D–MI) are separated by geography and ideology. But they see eye-to-eye on the need for the federal government to strengthen its support of basic research. In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate is expected to begin rewriting a bill governing federal policies toward research, innovation, and science education.