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Communications Decency Act, PLAN Act

While Congress remains in recess, Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) sent a letter to colleagues this week seeking support for draft legislation aimed at reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act so that short-term rental marketplaces can be held liable for listings in jurisdictions that have banned such rental properties.

Federal Updates

  • Last week, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent letters to numerous education technology companies expressing concern about “vast amount of data being collected about our nation’s students” and seeking details on company data collection practices.
  • House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Scott (D-VA), Financial Service Committee


Cummings and Sanders Seek Information About Possible Obstruction of a Congressional Investigation on Generic Drug Prices
On August 14, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, sent letters to Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Mylan N.V., and

Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

Amid ongoing protests in Hong Kong, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said this week that the House will move to take up the bicameral and bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act when it returns from recess.

USTR to Hold Hearing on France’s Digital Services Tax

On Monday,

Tech Foundations for Congressional Staff

Congress remains in recess through September 9. While members of Congress are away from Washington, many congressional staff attended two days of presentations this week on new developments in current and emerging technologies at Georgetown Law’s annual Tech Foundations for Congressional Staff event. Topics covered ranged from “New Developments in

Roundtable on Violent Extremism

Today, the White House will host a roundtable on violent extremism with internet and technology companies.

Confirmation Votes

The House and Senate are in recess until the second week in September. Before adjourning last week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) set up a number of confirmation votes for the first week

Bipartisan Budget Act, Senate Confirmations

The House and Senate are in recess until the second week of September. Last Friday, the President signed the Bipartisan Budget Act into law, implementing a two-year budget deal that also suspends the debt limit until July 31, 2021. He also signed legislation waiving a prohibition that precluded Dan Elwell,


House Passes Short-Term Funding Extension for Medicaid Pilot Program

On July 30, the House passed a bill to keep a $1 billion Medicaid pilot providing mental health and addiction services running through mid-September—the third short-term funding extension in four months.

The bill, H.R 3253, passed during a pro forma session and already passed by

FY20 Spending Allocations

The House and Senate will be in recess until the second week in September. Senate Appropriations Chairman Shelby (R-AL) will set FY20 spending allocations during the recess in anticipation of subcommittee markups beginning shortly after lawmakers return to Washington and the first full Committee markup set for September 12. Shelby has suggested

Weapon Sales to Saudi Arabia

The House is in recess, set to return to Washington the second week of September. The Senate was in session this week and voted unsuccessfully on Monday to override the President’s vetoes of three congressional resolutions blocking emergency weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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