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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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New Report Indicates Alabama Can Lead the Nation

The Business Education Alliance of Alabama on Saturday revealed its third comprehensive white-paper research report at the Business Council of Alabama’s 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference. Conducted by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, the report, entitled “Exceeding Expectations: Keys to Alabama Students Success,” takes an in-depth look at the factors necessary to see …

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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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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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