April 19, 2014

Government Relations News-in-Brief

Association News

 On Wednesday, April 2, leaders from the Financial Services Roundtable and the Retail Industry Leaders Association gathered on Capitol Hill to testify at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on cybersecurity. FSR CEO Tim Pawlenty and RILA President Sandy Kennedy discussed cybersecurity threats faced by their respective industries. The two associations have formed the Merchant and Financial Cybersecurity Partnership to address their shared cybersecurity issues and goals.

The National Association of Manufacturers recently unveiled their 2014 Election Center, which will serve as a comprehensive information and voting resource for the manufacturing voter base.

A report by the ROC United and Alliance for a Just Society blasted the National Restaurant Association and its members for their opposition to the federal minimum wage increase, noting that the NRA vastly increased its lobbying influence since 2008, including doubling its registered lobbyists and quadrupling staff that had worked in Congressional offices and lobbying firms. Read the report here.

The National Retail Federation is pressing Congress for the passage of legislation that would change the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employment from 30 hours per week to 40. Read the letter here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is planning to open a second headquarters on the West coast an effort to extend its influence to Silicon Valley. David Chavern, the Chamber’s COO, is leaving that position to head the new outpost.

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