Community Development Digest

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Apprenticeship Programs to Receive Funding Boost

A House Education and Workforce subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), holds a hearing on implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, with a focus on apprenticeship programs funded through the law at the Labor Dept.’s Employment and Training Administration.

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Hot Mic Captures Senators' Comments on Trump's Budget Process

In an unguarded moment at the close of a Senate committee hearing, two key senators talked about the mental stability of the sitting president and the lack of responsibility of his budget process.

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Proposal Threatens SEC’s Whistleblower Program, Says Expert

Controversial legislation is now moving through Congress that threatens the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) invaluable whistleblower program. HR 10, the proposed Financial CHOICE Act recently approved by the House on an almost completely party-line vote (233-186), would jettison important reforms created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, according to a former SEC senior legal advisor.

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Carson Defends CDBG Elimination, Other Cuts

HUD Secretary Ben Carson fervently defended the proposed Trump administration’s request to cut HUD’s operating budget by $7 billion in FY 2018, reducing it to $41 billion. It was his first budget face-off with Congress.

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House Panel Turns Attention to Drinking Water Safety

The House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on environment, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), this past week held a hearing examining a discussion draft of legislation that aims to bring greater investment and improvements to the nation’s drinking water infrastructure.

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House Bill Could End Overtime Pay as We Now Know It

If you’re a business owner who’s worried about paying your employees overtime pay, you’re going to appreciate a bill just passed by the House of Representatives. The measure, strongly backed by Republicans, would let employers give workers paid time off instead of time-and-a-half pay the next time they work extra hours. The May 2 vote was largely along party lines, with no Democrats voting for it and six Republicans crossing party lines to oppose the measure.

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Lawmakers Review Outdoor Recreation Sector’s Economic Impact

Contributions to the U.S. economy from the increasing popularity and growth of the outdoor recreation sector moved front and center this past week before the Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on digital commerce and consumer protection.

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Despite Recess, Tax Reform Remains Hot-Button Issue for Lawmakers

Congress may now be in recess, but tax reform remains the talk of the town as congressional Republicans grow increasingly anxious to see what the Trump administration puts forward in its forthcoming tax plan.

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Possible Government Shutdown Looms Large

Reminiscent of the 2013 federal government shutdown weeks after former President Barack Obama was elected to his second term, Congress and the White House are bracing for a shutdown April 29 with Democrats and Republicans vying over which party will get the political blame.

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Trump’s Budget Blueprint Prompts CNCS Funding Discussions

President Donald Trump's FY 2108 budget blueprint calling for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service prompts proponents to tout bipartisan support for the agency, as well as hearings highlighting its funding abuses by opponents.

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