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Senate Judiciary Plans Swift Sessions Confirmation Process

The United States could get a new attorney general and Alabama a new U.S. Senator as early as January. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Senate Republicans are planning to move quickly on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as attorney general under the Donald Trump …

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President-Elect Trump Wants Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as AG

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who jumped aboard the Donald Trump train long before he sewed up the Republican nomination, on Friday accepted the offer for attorney general, Fox News confirmed. Sessions, 69, who advised President-elect Trump on immigration during a bruising campaign, was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of …

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House Sends 10-Week Stopgap Spending Bill to President

Congress this week avoided a government shutdown – at least until early December – by passing a 10-week budget extension. The House late Wednesday voting 342-85 sent the measure to President Obama for his signature in order to avoid a government shutdown after today. The Obama administration said it supported …

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The NAM Says Obama Overregulation will Cost Nearly $82 Billion, 155,000 Jobs

The National Association of Manufacturers on Thursday released a study that outlines the destructive legacy the Obama Administration’s relentless labor regulatory agenda will leave for manufacturers, their employees, and their communities. Regulations on issues such as contractor blacklisting, employee overtime, silica, union elections, and injury and illness reporting will cost …

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Senate will Begin Voting on Funding Bill on Monday

The Senate gave unanimous consent Thursday to establish the first procedural vote Monday on a House appropriations bill to be used to pass a continuing resolution that keeps the government funded. As Sen. Richard Shelby surmised in a Wednesday conference call with Business Council of Alabama members, the Senate would …

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Déjà Vu as Short-Term Spending Bill Eyed

Congress’ primary job between now and Sept. 30 is to keep the government funded but with only 14 legislative working days between now and then, it will take some type of continuing resolution to authorize spending past the end of the current fiscal year. Back from its seven-week break and …

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BCA, U.S. Chamber Support National Standard for BioTech Food labeling Issue

Coalition for Safe Affordable Food-supported legislation passed by the House Thursday represents a major step forward in providing regulatory certainty and clear consumer information. The Business Council of Alabama was one of hundreds of affiliated businesses and industries that signed letters to Congress this week urging passage of biotech disclosure …

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Senate Democrats Block Defense Spending Bill

U.S. Senate Democrats blocked a military spending bill, the third appropriations bill stalled in recent weeks. The House passed the spending bill but the Senate voted 50-44  on a cloture petition, which failed because it needed 60 votes to move it into position to debate. The vote was nearly unanimously …

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Senator Shelby Continues to Block Ex-Im Bank Nomination

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama continues to block financing of mega-export deals by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The bank is limited to approving deals of only up to $10 million. Because the five-member board is short one member it cannot approve deals involving big-ticket items such as airplanes, power …

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Britain Votes to Leave E.U.; Cameron to Step Down

By a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent, the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union. On the heels of the results, Prime Minister David Cameron announced he will step down by October. “I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the …

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