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Senate Committee Examines Logistics of Transporting COVID-19 Vaccine

Senate Committee Examines Logistics of Transporting COVID-19 Vaccine The Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation & Safety will hold a hearing, “The Logistics of Transporting a COVID-19 Vaccine,” at 9:30 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, December 10. At the hearing, senators plan to examine transportation and logistics plans for ensuring COVID-19 vaccines are …

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Congress Scrambles to Compromise on COVID-19 Relief Bill

Congress Scrambles to Compromise on COVID-19 Relief Bill With government funding set to expire on December 11, leaders in Congress are reportedly working on attaching a COVID-19 relief package to an FY2021 omnibus spending bill. The ultimate deadline to reach a compromise on a relief deal may be pushed to December 18, as Congress is …

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IWLA Advocates for Additional COVID-19 Relief Through PPP Loans

IWLA Advocates for Additional COVID-19 Relief Through PPP Loans November 30 IWLA signed on to a coalition letter that was sent to the “Four Corners” of House and Senate leadership, which urges Congress to advance a supplemental COVID-19 relief package. The letter’s core ask is to allow businesses to access a second Paycheck Protection Program …

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House Committee Holds Hearing on Pandemic Risk Insurance

House Committee Holds Hearing on Pandemic Risk Insurance The House Committee on Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance held a hearing on November 19 entitled “Insuring against a Pandemic: Challenges and Solutions for Policyholders and Insurers.” At the hearing, the Subcommittee discussed legislative proposals to resolve issues related to pandemic-related business …

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COVID-19 OSHA Standard Expected as Top Priority for Biden Administration

COVID-19 OSHA Standard Expected as Top Priority for Biden Administration One of the first actions anticipated by President-elect Joe Biden’s Administration will be implementing mandatory workplace safety rules that employers must follow to protect workers from COVID-19 exposure. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has held off from issuing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration …

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Coalition Letter on Detention & Demurrage Charges to FMC and Congress Yields Directed Investigation

Coalition Letter on Detention & Demurrage Charges to FMC and Congress Yields Directed Investigation IWLA joined a coalition of stakeholders, spearheaded by the Harbor Trucking Association, and sent a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and Congress on November 16. The letter called for action to suspend unreasonable detention and demurrage charges being assessed …

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IWLA Comments on Young Driver Pilot Proposal

IWLA Comments on Young Driver Pilot Proposal November 9 IWLA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of a safety-first, commercial driver pilot program allowing 18 to 20 year-olds to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The proposed pilot would institute many of the requirements outlined in the DRIVE-Safe Act, …

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Government Funding, Stimulus Package, Tax Credits, and Defense Authorization on Agenda for Lame Duck

Government Funding, Stimulus Package, Tax Credits, and Defense Authorization on Agenda for Lame Duck The Senate returned for the “lame-duck” session of Congress on November 9, with the House set to return on November 16. Lawmakers will have a busy lame-duck session, with government funding at the top of the agenda as the current funding …

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Biden Expected to Advance Priorities Via Executive Action & Regulations

Biden Expected to Advance Priorities Via Executive Action & Regulations With a divided Congress, it is a safe bet that President-elect Biden will quickly and aggressively issue executive orders to revoke President Trump’s orders and prioritize his policy objectives, notably in the realm of immigration. The Biden Administration is also expected to rapidly begin crafting …

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Biden Wins White House as Republicans Appear Positioned to Control Senate

Biden Wins White House as Republicans Appear Positioned to Control Senate November 7 the Associated Press announced that former Vice President Joe Biden became president-elect. While there is increased clarity about the White House, there are still outstanding questions about the next Congress. House Democrats were able to secure a majority (218 seats) but fell …

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