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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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Alabama Senators Supported Alabama-Based Rocket Launch Vehicles

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions voted for Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 that contains a provision for Alabama-based launch rockets that are developed by a Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture in Decatur. The Senate voted 85-13 to pass the bill, which will go to a conference …

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Nuscale’s John Hoplins Begins Term as U.S. Chamber Chairman

NuScale Chairman and CEO John Hopkins began his term as U.S. Chamber of Commerce chairman this month, succeeding FedEx Freight Corp. CEO and President Michael L. Ducker. (Above photo: Michael L. Ducker, right, passes the chairman’s gavel to John Hopkins on Wednesday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Photo by …

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U.S. Chamber Hosts Webinar on New Overtime Rule

Instead of focusing on policies that will create new jobs and enhance business opportunities, over the last seven years the Obama Department of Labor chose to micromanage business by forcing business to change its wage structure as a substitute for an improved economy. It’s like a tax due to the …

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Labor Department Releases 508-Page Draft Final Overtime Rule

Liz Schrayer, center, President of U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), briefs U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, right, on the importance of strategic investments and diplomacy to advance America’s national security and economic interests in a global world. Attending the meeting was Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. …

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Ex-Im Workshops Planned for Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile

The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network is hosting three training workshops next week for small businesses to learn how to effectively use the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The workshops on Reducing Risk & Unleashing Opportunity will be in Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile, from 8 a.m. to 1 …

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BCA Signs Coalition Letter Opposing Labor’s Business Hindering Overtime Regulation

The Business Council of Alabama has joined 400 business, non-profit, and advocacy groups in signing a letter of support for the “Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act” in the U.S. House and Senate. The coalition letter was sent to members of Congress urging passage of legislation to stop the Department of …

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Business Groups Support Ozone Implementation Legislation

The Business Council of Alabama joined other business groups to support federal legislation that would extend the ozone standards deadline until 2025. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce circulated a letter in support of H.R. 4775, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016,” which the BCA signed along with more than …

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