Restaurants Want to Have It Their Way in Congressional Budget Deal

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Lobbyists want ending labor provisions and more pandemic aid

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In August, the NRA’s top lobbyist, Sean Kennedy, said that Congress should include aid in a budget reconciliation package, including headwinds and adverse tax changes from the Covid-19 delta version. Separate bipartisan infrastructure bill. In June a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced companion bills in the Senate and the House, adding nearly $60 billion to the restaurant program, but did not receive a floor vote.

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But the restaurant group has also been working hard to exclude a suite of tax measures and pro-union provisions from the budget law, promoting union membership and imposing harsh penalties on employers who violate labor laws. The protest is part of the – known collectively as the Organization’s Rights Defense Act. The Coalition for the Democratic Workplace, a business umbrella group whose members include the NRA and other hospitality trade groups, this week blasted labor provisions in a budget draft, calling them “drastic and radical changes to established labor law”. . Another industry group, the Independent Restaurant Coalition, is also lobbying Congress for additional funding, though it has stayed out of the fight over labor rules.

Unions are pushing to keep labor provisions in the bill, making it possibly their last chance to pass the Pro Act measures as well as the Home Care Program while Democrats control Congress. Service Employees International Union is spending $7 million on advertising to support the plan, the union said in mid-September.

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domestic terrorism According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the threats posed by international terrorism are nearly threefold, and many come from violent white supremacists. The FBI is investigating 2,700 threats of domestic terrorism, compared with fewer than 1,000 for international terrorism, Timothy Langan, assistant director of the bureau’s counterterrorism division, said Wednesday at a House hearing about combating violent white supremacy. .

“The domestic terrorism caseload has exploded,” FBI Director Chris Wray told Senate lawmakers earlier this month. The FBI classifies many of those violent cases as racially and ethnically motivated. Violent attacks by US extremists have risen to the highest level in more than 25 years, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. Most ideologically motivated killings in recent years were carried out by far-right extremists such as white supremacists, according to data from the think tank and the Department of Homeland Security. The Biden White House issued a comprehensive strategy in June to tackle domestic terrorism.

way back in 2004 Matthew Dowd was the chief strategist for President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. Now, after a long development due to opposition from the Donald Trump presidency, Dow is running for lieutenant governor of Texas as a Democrat. Dowd, most recently a political analyst for ABC, highlighted his work for the Texas Democrats before becoming a Republican in 1999 in his campaign-launch video. He noted that he broke up with Bush in 2007 over the administration’s handling of the Iraq War, after which he became independent. He will challenge Trump’s close aide Dan Patrick, who is running for a third term. He’s not the only media person searching for a run: New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has taken a break from the paper, as he considers a run for governor of Oregon.

state Department wants its diplomats to be more numerous. The department has its first “Enterprise Data Strategy” To improve their data-analysis technology and ensure that current and future employees know how to use it. “Advanced analysis should act in support of diplomacy, putting evidence-based insights at the fingertips of our professionals to help them achieve their mission,” the strategy document states. But it also notes the risks associated with crunching all that data from diplomatic sources around the world: Doing so significantly increases the cybersecurity risk, which the department says is a tool for information sharing and records management. Will address by creating a new internal forum.

minor memo: Former President Donald Trump is fond of soccer signed by him and U.S. Senate candidate Herschelle Walker of Georgia, but proceeds go to Trump’s political organization rather than Walker’s campaign fund… A flotilla of kayaks paddle by Sen. Joe Manchin’s houseboat to convince them support a reconciliation bill for…”Maybe ‘The West Wing’, if something good happens. Maybe ‘Veep’, if not, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki describes the week’s difficult negotiations said to.

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