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U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Government News

The Senate has approved legislation that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank after rejecting five Republicans amendments, including a proposal to shut down the bank.

The bill was approved 78-20 — with all 20 “no” votes cast by Republicans — and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House passed the measure last week 330-93. Read More...

U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Legislative & Regulatory News
A Congressional Budget Office report released by Senate Energy Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) asserts that having less flexibility in the choice of fuels contributes to the volatility of prices for transportation fuels. "A substantial amount of oil is produced in countries that are vulnerable to disruptions resulting from geopolitical, military, or civil developments, and few countries other than Saudi Arabia have much spare production capacity in the near term to offset such disruptions," the CBO report states. "In contrast, the U.S. markets for natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and renewable energy either are less prone to long-term disruptions or have significant spare production and storage capacity."  Read More...
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new guidance document that impacts the ability of employers to continue to use criminal-background checks to make informed hiring decisions. The new guidance replaces one that had been in effect for twenty-five years and has served a wide variety of professions and occupations as a de facto national regulation. Read More...
U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Government News, Top Stories, Legislative & Regulatory News
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) has introduced a bill (H.R. 4342) in the House aimed at modernizing the infrastructure on the inland waterways system.  Known as “WAVE 4:  Waterways are Vital for the Economy, Energy, Efficiency, and Environment Act of 2012. This legislation will transform the Inland Waterways Capital Development Plan into law according to the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI).
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Top Stories, Legislative & Regulatory News

The Coalition to Save Our GPS and LightSquared both filed reply comments with the FCC on Friday, March 30.  In a release on its filing, LightSquared said that “a ruling proposed by the FCC staff that would effectively revoke LightSquared's license to operate its network is entirely unsupported by the law, science, and FCC policy and precedent.”  The Coalition also issued a release, quoting Trimble Vice President and General Counsel Jim Kirkland:

“Try as it might, LightSquared cannot hide the fact that the International Bureau’s Conditional Waiver Order in January 2011 was crystal clear that LightSquared was required to demonstrate noninterference to GPS, or it would not be permitted to move forward.  This condition reflected the FCC’s consistent policy that operations in LightSquared’s mobile satellite spectrum were not permitted to interfere with GPS.  LightSquared has failed to satisfy the condition it accepted in January 2011 and the Bureau now has only one permissible action that it can take, which is to rescind the waiver.  All of LightSquared’s arguments at this point amount to nothing more than requests for changes in the rules after the game is over, or requests for special treatment to avoid the consequences of its ill-conceived plans.   There is simply no legal or other basis for any of LightSquared’s claims.” Read More...

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A new lawsuit alleges that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it refused a 2008 petition that would have required states to develop water quality standards for the Mississippi River Basin and the northern Gulf of Mexico.   Read More...
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A coalition letter was sent to members of congress on Thursday, February 2 asking them to include bonus depreciation as they consider House Bill 3630.  “NAEDA, in close cooperation with several other organizations, continues efforts to secure authorization of bonus depreciation for 2012.    We believe this is in the best interest of equipment dealers across the U.S.,” said Paul Kindinger, President & CEO.  Read More...
NAEDA & Association News

Prior to the establishment of NAEDA's Power Pro Program, there were no universal full-service dealership standards in the OPE industry. Consequently the consumer had no measurable standard by which to compare businesses on their professional ability to provide equipment and/or parts and service.

Through Power Pro, full-service dealers can earn accreditation when they verify a significant investment has been made in facilities, wholegoods, parts, inventories, employee salaries and training, tools and equipment, business systems, and advertising Read More...

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