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Bottom Line Up Front
Oct. 18: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the Treasury Department would be unable to cover the government’s bills if lawmakers do not raise or suspend the federal borrowing limit by this date. Meanwhile, Congressional leaders announced a deal today that would allow an expedited process to extend the debt ceiling into December.
Oct. 31: Congress set this new self-imposed deadline to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act concurrently with the partisan Build Back Better Act, just before federal highway funding is set to expire. President Biden made clear the $1 trillion infrastructure and $3.5 trillion tax and spending bills are unmistakably linked.
Dec. 3: Federal government funding runs out … again.
Can you believe this happened?
Protestors followed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) into a restroom trying to force support for President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation. Sinema has been a pro-business Democrat and independent voice in the Senate. She is fighting to keep the bill’s cost much lower, as well as taxes, and regularly meets with NRCA to discuss its priority issues.
Deep Dive: COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for businesses with 100 or more employees
On Sept. 9, President Biden announced during the upcoming weeks, the Department of Labor will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.
When the Emergency Temporary Standard is published in the Federal Register, it will take effect immediately in states where the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has direct jurisdiction. The 22 states with state OSHA plans likely will have 30 days to issue their own rules that are at least as effective as the federal standard. The Emergency Temporary Standard will be open for public comment after its publication, and comments will help shape if and when a permanent rule is adopted six months later.
On Sept. 10, NRCA participated in multiple briefings with DOL officials who confirmed:
Questions that remain:
NRCA will continue closely monitoring these developments and keep members fully informed. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office.
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