Congress

Driverless Cars Stall in Congress as Trial Lawyers Drop Support

A group representing trial lawyers is opposing legislation on self-driving vehicles after backing one section of the bill earlier this week, saying changes to other areas of the draft bill would harm consumer rights.

The American Association for Justice said Monday it could support key arbitration and preemption language in one section of the AV START (S. 1885) bill, which creates the first federal framework for self-driving technology.

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Campaign Cash Follows GOP Senator Who May Be Drug-Price Firewall

Pharmaceutical industry political action committees gave more to John Barrasso than to any other senator in the recent election, even though his committee assignments won’t put him in a particularly good place to drive health policy.

But Barrasso (R-Wyo.) will be the third-highest ranking senator, Republican Conference chairman, in January and those donations could end up paying off for drug companies in the new Congress.

Race Begins as Democrats Look to Stand Out in Senate Crowds

Democratic stars such as Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Amy Klobucharreturn to the Senate next year positioned to use their perches on powerful committees as launching pads for potential 2020 White House bids.

Lawmakers Plan Two-Week Stopgap, Delaying Border Wall Standoff

Lawmakers plan to avert a shutdown at the end of the week with a two-week stopgap measure, giving the fight over border wall funding a new deadline.

The stopgap will last two weeks, bumping the deadline back from Dec. 7 to Dec. 21, according to two congressional aides.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Oppose U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

“I oppose Nafta 2.0, and will vote against it in the Senate unless President Trump reopens the agreement and produces a better deal for America’s working families,” Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to say in a speech Thursday, according to prepared remarks from her office.

Medicare for All Tough Pill for Many House Democrats to Swallow

Newly elected House Democrats who ran on a single-payer health insurance platform will find their campaign promise easier to make than to keep. While the “Medicare for All” battle cry caught fire with progressive voters in safely Democratic districts, only 3 percent of Democrats who ousted Republicans in competitive districts supported universal, single-payer health care.

Maryland Online Ad Disclosure Law Misses Mark, Judge Says

A federal judge said he might strike down a Maryland law requiring increased disclosure of information about online political ads because it fails to address the statute’s intent to deal with foreign interference in elections.

McCarthy Intervenes for Bus Company Targeted by Spending Bill

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) intervened in House-Senate spending bill negotiations to exclude a bus manufacturer in his district from a proposed funding restriction, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

New Congress, Old Connections: House Leaders’ Influence Networks

As lobbying firms staff up to make sure they have all the know-how they’ll need in the 116th Congress, connections to the top decision-makers will be key.With a change in control of the House, that could mean supplementing a Republican-heavy roster with more Democrats.

Waymo, GM to Deploy Self-Driving Cars With or Without Congress

Congress is the closest it could be for at least a year to passing self-driving vehicle legislation, but if lawmakers fall short, companies such as Alphabet Inc.,’s Waymo and General Motors Co. plan to deploy commercially with fewer strings attached.