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Practical Pointers: Social Media Guidelines for Public Officials (and the People who Advise Them)

Social media has transformed the ways legislators and their staff interact with constituents. Through social media platforms, our elected officials share insights into the legislative process, communicate with constituents, and even provide life-saving updates during times of crisis. Politicians can also use social media to grow their following and influence public discourse—as when a Texas

U.S. Senate passes bill requiring prescription drug ads to include prices (updated)

Update (9/18/2018): Last week, as the U.S. House of Representatives was reconciling its spending bill for the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) with the amendment package passed by the U.S. Senate that is discussed below, House Republicans declined to adopt S.Amdt. 3964, which would have provided HHS with $1 million to issue rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to list prices

House Subcommittee on Health Opens Floor for Discussion of FDA Regulation of Off-Label Speech

The House Subcommittee on Health has announced a hearing entitled “Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications” for Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:15am EDT, in which it intends to examine two discussion-draft bills seeking to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) to clarify how drug and device manufacturers can legally discuss uses of

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

Trans-Pacific Partnership Faces Difficult Legislative Terrain

On October 4, 2015, trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). TPP, a foreign policy legacy item for the president, represents nearly 40% of the world’s GDP. The agreement now requires congressional approval, using the “fast-track” process in the trade promotion authority bill (TPA) signed by President Obama in June.

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.

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

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Anti-“Patent Troll” Bill

A bill designed to crack down on patent assertion entities, sometimes called “patent trolls,” easily passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), the Innovation Act targets oft-criticized patent assertion entities for conduct like sending large numbers of demand letters to small businesses without determining if they are

2013 National Defense Authorization Act to Impact Small Business Contractors

On December 18, 2012, the House and Senate released the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (“2013 NDAA”).  In addition to authorizing the Department of Defense budget and expenditures, the 2013 NDAA will clarify requirements that limit subcontracting under small business subcontracts, provide small businesses the opportunity to limit

Senate-House Conference Committee Includes Provision on Access to Contractor Internal Audit Reports

Earlier this week, the Senate-House Conference Committee Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA) was released.  As we reported here, the Senate’s original version of the NDAA [1] would expressly permit access to contractor internal audit reports by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).  The House’s original version of the

Update on “Fiscal Cliff” Talks

President Obama and congressional Republican leaders continue to negotiate in an effort to pass legislation by year-end that would defer the “fiscal cliff” of higher tax rates and spending cuts scheduled to occur beginning January 1, 2013. To date, these negotiations have produced little if any progress.  President Barack Obama remains insistent that any deal

Update on “Fiscal Cliff” Negotiations

Congressional leaders and the White House are currently working to come up with solutions to the fiscal train wreck set to take place at the end of this year.  Democrats and Republicans are looking at options to develop a “grand bargain” — including raising taxes and cutting spending.   If the “grand bargain” fails once again

Minimal Leadership Changes Anticipated in the 113th Congress

Last week’s elections saw relatively minor changes to Republican and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate in their respective chambers. Democrats realized a net gain of two seats in the Senate, as Independent Senator-elect Angus King of Maine is expected to caucus with Democrats, giving them a 55 to 45 majority. Republicans maintained their majority

Congress Clarifies the Custom Device Exemption, But Questions Remain

Congress has passed The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) reauthorizing existing FDA user fee programs and extending these programs to generic drugs and biosimilars, which is now headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law. In addition to authorizing user fee programs that are expected to cover 60% of the agency’s 2013‒2017

U.S. tax reform: elements of reform already being developed by Congress

U.S. businesses and foreign multinationals with U.S. tax obligations should be on alert that the elements of a major U.S. tax reform legislative package are already in development within the U.S. Congress, the Obama Administration, and in interest groups and think tanks in Washington. The make-up of this tax reform package – to be debated