On Jan. 26, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited public input to inform two new Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) programs creating standards and labeling for construction materials that haveContinue Reading Inflation Reduction Act: EPA Invites Stakeholder Input on Grant/Technical Assistance Programs for Lower-Embodied Carbon Construction Materials, Standards
Rob is a shareholder in the firm’s Federal Government Law & Policy group. He has represented clients before Congress and federal agencies from a variety of industries and in a number of policy areas, including trade, energy, environment, health care, biotechnology, transportation, financial services, manufacturing, tax, pensions, defense, and foreign relations. Rob has a depth of understanding of the rules of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and he has deep experience in legislative drafting. He previously served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, the former Senate Majority Whip.
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The split party control in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will require bipartisanship to produce successful legislation over the next two years. While negotiations surrounding high-profile issues like…Continue Reading 10 Issues to Watch in the New Congress
As Congress returns to session next week following the midterm elections, it will attempt to pass an enormous amount of pending legislation with only four to six weeks of session…Continue Reading A Packed Lame Duck Agenda Awaits Congress
House Stablecoin Legislation
In late July the House Financial Services Committee made tentative plans to consider legislation to regulate stablecoins and require the Federal Reserve to study development of a…
Continue Reading Will Cryptocurrency Legislation Gain Momentum in September?
When Congress returns this week, it will have a lengthy agenda waiting. The U.S. House of Representatives is only scheduled to be in session for six more weeks prior to…
Continue Reading What Else Will Congress Do in 2022?
Congress has been working for several months on “China competitiveness” legislation, which may turn out to be the most far-reaching legislation of 2022. On February 17th, the House-passed “America COMPETES…
Continue Reading Will Congress Find Compromise on China Competitiveness Legislation? Sixteen Top Issues for the House-Senate Conference Committee
Under traditional U.S. Senate rules, unless every senator agrees otherwise it can take 60 votes to invoke “cloture” and limit further debate. However, the Senate has established several exceptions. In …
Continue Reading Exceptions to the Senate Filibuster Rule: A Look at Senate Votes in 2021
The legislative process is never straightforward, and this weekend’s news about Sen. Joe Manchin opposing the Build Back Better Act (BBB) is the latest proof. But despite what you may…
Continue Reading Staying Engaged on Build Back Better while Preparing for FY2022 Appropriations and the FY2023 President’s Budget
On Nov. 19, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which contains many of the major Biden administration policy proposals on health care, education, climate…
Continue Reading Top 10 Revenue Raisers in the House-Passed Build Back Better Act
“There won’t be an infrastructure bill unless we have a reconciliation bill. Plain and simple.” — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, June 24, 2021
What’s happening on infrastructure? On August…
Continue Reading Don’t Forget: The Senate Can’t Pass a Reconciliation Bill Until the House Passes a Budget Resolution