Category: Government Affairs (Position Statements)

DoD Position Statement on Contracting for Small, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

On September 9, 2011, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and NASA proposed various rule changes to the Federal Register which could have a significant negative impact on the competitive bidding opportunities of small, minority and women-owned businesses regarding federal government contracts. Specifically, the aforementioned agencies are seeking the removal of Federal…

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Reins Act

To restore Congressional accountability for the regulatory process, and to help America’s job creators, Congress has introduced H.R. 10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. The REINS Act would require Congress to take an up-or-down, stand-alone vote, and for the President to sign-off on all new major rules before they…

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E-Verify Improvements

Congressman Lamar Smith (TX 21), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (IA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, have introduced E-Verify bills for consideration in their respective Chambers. Congressman Smith’s H.R. 2164, the Legal Workforce Act, and Senator Grassley’s S. 1196, the Achieving Accountability Through Electronic Verification…

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Support for fulfilling NAFTA’s cross-border trucking issue with Mexico

Through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States agreed to grant Mexican trucks access to U.S. highways starting in 2000. Although a pilot program was not started until 2007, it operated successfully until it was terminated by Congress in the FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill due to alleged safety and environmental concerns1. In…

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