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Lawmakers Endorse Port of Mobile Project

Alabama’s Democrat and Republican House and Senate members have endorsed the modernization of the proposed Mobile harbor federal navigation channel, making it one of the largest development projects in Alabama. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, led the state’s combined legislative delegation’s letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support …

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President Says U.S. and Canada are in “Intense” Trade Talks

Several publications are reporting their takes on President Trump saying that United States and Canadian officials are actively negotiating over a trade deal that will affect Alabama due to its significant trading partnership with Canada. The Wall Street Journal quoted President Trump on talks with Canada. “If it doesn’t work …

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Manufacturers Gain on Better Joint-Employer Standard at the NLRB

In a win for manufacturers, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John Ring said the NLRB will conduct notice-and-comment rulemaking to set a more workable joint-employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act, the National Association of Manufacturers reported. Ring wrote senators who had challenged his perceived opinion that “at the …

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BCA Participates in U.S.-Canada Trade Conference

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary participated in the Alabama-Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces trade summit this week in Mobile that featured Canadian Consul General Nadia Theodore of Atlanta and Alabama’s secretary of commerce. “Trade between Alabama and Canada amounts to billions of dollars for the country and …

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President Trump Signs Dodd-Frank Rollback

President Trump on Thursday signed a bipartisan bill that was voted favorably on by Alabama’s members of Congress to loosen key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. It was the first major change to President Obama’s landmark banking law. Two days after the House of Representatives including all of …

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BCA and 400 Groups Urge Action During Sixth Annual Infrastructure Week

The Business Council of Alabama joined its national partners and some 400 organizations this week to urge Congress to invest in our infrastructure. “Not only is infrastructure the No. 1 issue facing Alabama but it’s the major issue nationally as we seek to keep our avenues of commerce open, up-to-date, …

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Landmark Bill Would Reveal Secretive Lawsuit Funding

Remember in the Wizard of Oz when Toto pulled back the curtain to expose the manipulating Wizard who then said, “Pay no attention?” Well, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced legislation on Thursday to pull back the curtain …

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U.S. Chamber Conveys Spirit of Enterprise Awards to Senator Shelby, U.S. Reps. Palmer, Roby

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, receives U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber Southeast Region Manager Brince Manning, third from right, during the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues breakfast on Wednesday. From left are: Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean; Business Council of Alabama …

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Manufacturing Jobs are Returning for High School Grads

Labor Department data show the lowest college-going rate since 2013, and a big drop for men, as job market strengthens, especially in manufacturing, the Wall Street Journal reported. Men who otherwise would likely attend community colleges are finding job opportunities in areas like manufacturing, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, an associate …

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Nasa Gets New Administrator

Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday got a new boss when the Senate voted 50-49 along party lines to confirm U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma as National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator. All Senate Republicans voted to confirm Bridenstine and all the Democrats and both independents voted against …

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