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CFIUS Reform Turns to Food Security

Congressional efforts to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. Government interagency committee that conducts national security reviews, continue apace. This week saw the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would (i) give federal agriculture and food officials permanent representation on CFIUS and (ii) amend the statute to allow the Committee to consider agriculture and food-related criteria when reviewing transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person.

Border Adjustability Tax in Peril?

The future of the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) proposal, a critical element of the House Republican tax reform plan, is in doubt after signs of Republican opposition in the Senate emerged last week. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) became the most prominent Republican to overtly criticize the BAT, expressed in a Dear Colleague letter to his

2017 U.S. Congress Legislative Calendar

The U.S. House and Senate have released their legislative calendars for the second session of the 115th Congress. Hogan Lovells’ Government Relations and Policy Advocacy practice is happy to provide you with this congressional calendar for your 2017 planning purposes.

Student Privacy and Drone Policy: Vote for Hogan Lovells at SXSW 2016

Austin, Texas is renowned for its live music scene, clean air, college vibe … and of course its technology conferences. Two Hogan Lovells Lawyers—Bret Cohen and Lisa Ellman—have made the list of finalists for panels at the South by Southwest group of conferences this upcoming March, to talk about Student Privacy and Domestic Drone Policy.

Western District Texas Court Grants Summary Judgment for PBPA Plaintiffs and Vacates Lesser Prairie Chicken Listing Decision

In a first-of-its-kind ruling and a significant victory for state wildlife agencies, landowners, ranchers, farmers, and the oil and gas industry in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, in Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) et al. v. Department of the Interior (DOI), et al.,

Can the Bill of Rights prevent HMRC from issuing a penalty?

In a very recent judgment, the First-Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber considered an interesting argument raised by a taxpayer that a penalty issued by HMRC was contrary to the provisions of the 1688 Bill of Rights and therefore invalid. In Pendle v the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs [2015] UKFTT 27, Mr Pendle appealed

Congress Agrees on Six-Year Reauthorization of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

After failing to pass a TRIA reauthorization during the lame duck session last Congress, on January 7, 2015, the House passed H.R. 26, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, by a vote of 416-5. Shortly after on January 8, 2015, the Senate passed H.R. 26 by a 93-4 vote. Upon the President’s signature, TRIA will be reauthorized until December 31, 2020.

114th Congress Outlook

Twenty years ago, two years after the first inauguration of President Clinton, Republicans took control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1953. Despite significant disagreements between Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress, that period of 1995 through 2000 was a relatively productive one for the U.S. Congress, producing welfare reform, several tax bills, a balanced budget agreement, significant telecommunications legislation, and many other laws.

2015 U.S. Congress Legislative Calendar

The U.S. House and Senate have released their legislative calendars for the first session of the 114th Congress. Hogan Lovells Legislation and Political Law Compliance practice is happy to provide you with this congressional calendar for your 2015 planning purposes. This schedule may change at any time at the direction of House and Senate leadership.

Legislative Week of September 15, 2014-September 19th, 2014

Must Pass Legislation on Cue this Week: Congress begins this week working on the must-pass continuing resolution (H J Res 124) to fund the government through mid-December.  Congress will then delay fiscal 2015 funding into the lame-duck session when they return after the November elections.  The House Rules Committee is expected to meet Monday evening

Cabinet Office publishes consultation on draft regulations on the statutory register of lobbyists under the Lobbying Act

In a consultation published yesterday, the Cabinet Office is seeking views on draft regulations relating to the statutory register of lobbyists that was introduced by the recently enacted Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (the “Lobbying Act“). Although the draft regulations are substantially concerned with the detailed administration of the

Reform to the bedroom tax: the Affordable Homes Bill

Since 1 April 2013, new rules introduced by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 in a bid to reduce growth in welfare spending mean that most social housing tenants judged to have too much living space have had their housing benefit cut. The policy is referred to by the Government as the “under-occupation deduction” or the

Legislative Week of September 8, 2014- September 12, 2014

Congress Returns After August Recess Break: Congress returns for a short period until they break again for another recess to campaign for the November mid-term elections.  They are expected to return to their districts September 19th.  Priorities remaining on the congressional agenda include the future of Export-Import Bank and avoiding a government shutdown after September 3o.  Congress will most likely pass a

Legislative Week of July 28, 2014 – August 1, 2014

Congress Scheduled to Adjourn for Summer Recess at the End of the Week: Congress has a busy agenda this week as they plan to start the Summer Congressional Recess later this week.  The agenda includes possibly considering supplemental spending dealing with the border crisis, finalizing a patch for the Highway Trust Fund, and a possible

Supreme Court strikes down aggregate political contribution limits

Today the Supreme Court, in McCutcheon v. FEC, issued a ruling striking down the aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions under the Federal Election Campaign Act. By a 5-4 decision, the court found the restrictions to be a violation of First Amendment rights. Prior to today’s decision, individuals could contribute up to US$48,600.00 to all

U.S. Tax Reform Update: House ways and means Chairman Tax Reform discussion draft, Obama budget proposals provide new building blocks for eventual U.S. Tax Reform:

The last two weeks have seen significant developments in building the blocks for what could eventually form the base of U.S. tax reform. Most significant is the 979-page “Tax Reform Act of 2014” discussion draft from House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) — a sweeping, comprehensive reform package that would reduce U.S. corporate

IMPLICATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS ON DRAFT LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

Between 22 and 25 May 2014, the European Parliament (“EP”) will enter its eighth parliamentary term with the election of 751 new Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”). Several sources have emphasised that the elections will not impact the on-going legislative procedures in relation to a number of proposals that are unlikely to have been

Murkowski paper on LNG & crude exports jump-starts debate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, last week released another of her “Energy 20/20” white papers entitled, “A Signal to the World: Renovating the Architecture of U.S. Energy Exports.” The paper reviews current federal energy export policies on everything from crude oil to nuclear power and comes at

U.S. Congress Agrees to Two-Year Budget Deal

A congressional conference committee on the U.S. federal budget on Tuesday released a two-year budget conference agreement, avoiding a looming government shutdown in January and passing a comprehensive budget for the first time in several years. The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the measure on Thursday night on a 332-94 vote; the Senate is

2014 U.S. Congress Legislative Calendar

The U.S. House and Senate have released their legislative calenders for the second session of the 113th Congress. Hogan Lovells Legislation and Political Law Compliance practice is happy to provide you with this schedule for your 2014 planning purposes. This schedule may change at any time at the direction of House and Senate leadership. Calendar