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Advocacy
By Amber ThomasDec 17, 2020

The Election is Over. What Happens Now?

Last month, Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden was elected president, defeating President Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent. In Congress, the GOP made significant gains in the House of Representatives, and the Senate’s majority will be...

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Advocacy
By Amber ThomasAug 28, 2020

August Stimulus Update

Chief negotiators at the White House, Senate, and House remain deadlocked on a relief package to follow the CARES Act, despite the expiration of extended unemployment benefits and the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in July...

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Advocacy
By Tim ShinbaraAug 14, 2020

Mr. Shinbara Goes to Washington: A Manufacturing Technology Blog

Tim Shinbara has been serving as a Congressional Fellow in the office of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. as the chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC). The SBC develops legislation to strengthen small businesses...

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Advocacy
By Amber ThomasAug 13, 2020

President Signs Executive Actions on Coronavirus

With negotiations on the next COVID-19 package stalled and some benefits expiring, President Donald Trump issued four executive actions to provide some relief until an agreement is reached. They include payroll tax deferral, student loan debt relief...

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Intelligence
By Patrick McGibbonAug 03, 2020

USMCA Launches

July 1 saw the implementation of the new NAFTA, NAFTA 2.0, or as our government calls it, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, called the implementation of the USMCA...

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Advocacy
By Travis EganAug 03, 2020

How Innovative Partnerships and Policies Bolster U.S. Manufacturing

The current pandemic and the U.S. economic, manufacturing, and supply chain vulnerabilities it has exposed have led to a renewed concern among many business leaders, policymakers, and economists about ways to strengthen the U.S. industrial base...

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Advocacy
By Amber ThomasJul 30, 2020

Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Negotiations Continue

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released the HEALS Act (Health; Economic Assistance and Liability Protection; and Schools) last week, the Senate Republican leadership’s coronavirus relief proposal. The House Democrats introduced their...

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Advocacy
By Amber ThomasJul 16, 2020

BIS Seeks Comments on Export Controls on Huawei

In June, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a rule permitting limited sharing of some export-controlled technology with Chinese telecom giant Huawei in the context of international efforts to establish technical...

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Advocacy
By External ContributorJul 13, 2020

PPP: What Worked, What Didn't, and What Needs Tweaking

In late April, IndustryWeek conducted a survey targeted to participants in the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP was intended to provide paycheck protection for employees of small- and medium- sized companies, allowing employers...

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Advocacy
By Amber ThomasJul 02, 2020

Congress Breathes New Life into Paycheck Protection Program

The Senate unexpectedly voted to extend the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) hours before it expired, with more than $130 billion in funds left unused. The legislation, passed with unanimous consent, moves the ...

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