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Capitol Hill Update

Congress Votes to Repeal Health Care Law’s 1099 Provision
As early as today, President Obama is expected to sign into law a bill that repeals a new business reporting requirement involving IRS Form 1099. The objectionable provision had been created by the March 2010 health care reform law. It is the first substantive change to the health reform law – additional efforts to modify the law will be difficult in the current environment.  [ More ]

Congress Working to Avoid A Government Shutdown . . . Again 
As we go to print, House and Senate leaders may be moving towards an agreement over another short-term extension of federal spending through the end of next week.  But to paraphrase that famous Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra, "these current negotiations won't be over 'til they're over!"  [ More ]

In the Agencies

SHRM Responds to Executive Order on Regulatory Review
Federal agencies are preparing responses to President Obama’s Executive Order requiring them to submit a preliminary plan for periodic review of existing significant regulations by May 18. The order, called “Improving Regulations and Regulatory Review,” was signed in January.  [ More ]

NLRB Considers Scope of Employee Witness Statements
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has invited interested parties to file a brief in a case, Stephens Media LLC d/b/a Hawaii Tribune Herald, which will assist the board in determining the scope and treatment of employee “witness statements.” 
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Member Advocacy

‘A-Team’ Lineup Taking Shape!
SHRM’s Government Affairs team continued the roll-out of its new member advocacy initiative, the Advocacy Team—or “A-Team”—and named the first group of Advocacy Captains. Captains are key contacts responsible for fostering relationships with federal legislators in their home districts, rather than in Washington, D.C.  [ More ]

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