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Boehner: Killing Export-Import Bank Risks Thousands Of Jobs

April 30, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Many conservative Republicans want to kill the bank outright, saying it finances too many questionable projects and favors some businesses over others. But the bank enjoys sweeping support among Democrats, and other GOP lawmakers support business groups who say it sustains U.S. jobs.

Obama To Sign Bill To Boost Energy Efficiency In Buildings

April 30, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama plans to sign the bill into law in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon. It aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions From Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Under the terms of a court order, the EPA revised its formula for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares, which burn off excess hydrocarbon gases generated by plants.

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Republican Legislators Introduce Bill To Merge Economic Agencies

April 29, 2015 2:26 pm | by Todd Richmond, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican legislators want to merge Wisconsin's two major economic development agencies into a new entity with a stand-alone bill rather than through Gov. Scott Walker's budget.

California Touts Aggressive Plan To Reduce Greenhouse Gases

April 29, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown said climate change would factor into government planning and he ordered state agencies and departments to implement measures to reduce emissions.

High Courts To Consider Lawsuits Over Personal Data

April 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The case is being watched closely by Google, Facebook and other Internet companies concerned that class-action lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act could expose them to billions of dollars in damages.

Michelle Obama: Tech Industry To Train, Hire 90K Military Vets

April 24, 2015 2:51 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years — the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans.

White House Expresses 'Concerns' About Energy Funding Bill

April 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The DOE's Office of Science would see a 0.6 percent increase to $5.1 billion under the committee's bill, while the administration asked for a 5.3 percent increase.

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U.S. Announces Plans To Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

April 23, 2015 3:10 pm | by Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

New Pentagon Strategy Warns Of Cyberwar Capabilities

April 23, 2015 10:27 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies.

Senate Panel To Back Fast-Track Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 9:31 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama wants fast-track powers to help push free-trade proposals such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Most Expensive Regulation In Manufacturing History

April 21, 2015 10:14 am | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that states the ozone regulation under consideration by the EPA could cost manufacturing and the total U.S. economy $140 billion per year.

Obama Defends Pursuit Of Sweeping Trade Pact

April 17, 2015 6:06 pm | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama faces opposition from key labor and environmental groups that form much of the liberal base of his party. The rift puts Obama's would-be successor, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in an awkward spot as she launches a campaign to unite the party behind her.

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Trade-Off: Deal Splits Democrats Between Business, Labor

April 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The mere announcement of a bipartisan accord on the legislation reignited a longtime feud among liberal and pro-business Democrats over the deal's potential to create or subtract American jobs.

Obama: Trade Politics Difficult, But Opposition Helps China

April 17, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the agreement reached in Congress, Obama would get so-called trade promotion authority to negotiate trade that Congress could approve or reject, but not change.

Lawmakers 'Fast Track' Trade Legislation

April 16, 2015 3:23 pm | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Top lawmakers struck a bipartisan agreement Thursday to allow President Barack Obama to negotiate trade deals subject to a yes-or-no vote from Congress without the possibility of changes.

Court Skeptical Of Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Plan

April 16, 2015 3:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia and other states argue that the plan to regulate carbon emissions from power plants is illegal because the EPA already regulates other power plant pollutants under a different section of the Clean Air Act.

Obama's Climate Change Plan Faces Legal Test

April 15, 2015 2:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's ambitious proposal to slash carbon pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants that is blamed for global warming.

Some Governors Support EPA, Push Back At McConnell

April 15, 2015 2:02 pm | by Rick Stevens, The Associated Press | News | Comments

McConnell's call for governors to defy the EPA's proposed pollution limitations has provoked push-back from governors who support the EPA's effort to curb climate change.

Manufacturing Groups Call For Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Converting from a global to a territorial tax system would make U.S. rules more internationally competitive and unlock an estimated $2.1 trillion in stranded profits held abroad by U.S. multinationals," the groups said.

Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Applications exceeded the government’s annual limit within a week for the third consecutive year.

U.S. Telecom Association Files Suit Against FCC's New Internet Rules

April 14, 2015 6:06 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What some companies take issue with is that the FCC put the net neutrality rules in place by regulating Internet access as a telecommunications service — like the telephone, a public utility — rather than as an information service.

Big Retailers Pull Sales Of Weight-Loss Supplements With Dangerous Chemical

April 10, 2015 2:40 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The same report also details how two of the top officials now overseeing supplement regulation at the FDA are former leaders of the supplement industry’s largest trade and lobbying group.

Court Upholds Iowa Natural Gas Tax Reviled By Ethanol Plants

April 10, 2015 2:36 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol industry officials said Friday they would now turn their focus to lobbying for a law that would address their concerns by letting plants pay taxes based on the value of assets.

Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The spat is just the latest fight over GMOs in Oregon and nationally; an Oregon legislator introduced bills that would establish where GMO crops could be grown, but the proposals received a cool reception during a committee hearing last month.

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