Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of September 20, 2021

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsTension between the United States (US) and France remains heightened, spilling over to European Union (EU) – however, the EU-US Trade and Tech Council is set to move forward this coming week.  Global leaders addressed the United Nations General Assembly this past week, with the US President convening a virtual COVID-19 Summit on the margins.  Meanwhile, the US Government announced it would ease some air travel restrictions for vaccinated foreigners and moved forward with approving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters for some Americans.  The European Commission attempted to extend the EU’s temporary vaccine export authorization program, but was stymied.  And the United Kingdom (UK) Government unveiled a five-point plan for digital trade.

In this issue, we also cover:

  • COVID-19 highlights among the transatlantic partners;
  • Notable EU, US, and UK developments; and
  • A brief UK-EU trade deal update.

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US Executive Branch Update – September 27, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

Looking Ahead: The President will continue to engage with members of Congress and congressional leadership this week on his Build Back Better agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.  He will also discuss passing the Continuing Resolution, providing disaster relief, and addressing the debt ceiling.  On Wednesday, the President will travel to Chicago, Illinois, to highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccine requirements for businesses. Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – September 23, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

12:00 p.m. EDT – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room Continue Reading

The EU’s Proposed Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA): What You Need To Know

In April 2021, the EU Commission (EC) proposed a suite of new legislative and non-legislative proposals related to artificial intelligence (AI): in a proposed Regulation laying down rules on Artificial Intelligence (“Artificial Intelligence Act – AIA”), the EC attempts the first-ever comprehensive legal framework for this highly debated and fast-developing family of technologies. Continue Reading

Biden Officials Request Comments on Challenges Facing Key Sectoral Supply Chains

On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order, “America’s Supply Chains,” which directs Federal agency actions and reports aimed at securing and strengthening America’s supply chains.  Earlier this summer, the White House issued its 100-day review of four critical supply chains, as mandated by that EO. Continue Reading

The Latest on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

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On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee advanced a structured rule for House floor consideration of 476 amendments to the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The NDAA provides annual authorization of appropriations for the Department of Defense (DOD) and defense-related activities at other federal agencies. Congressional appropriations committees are responsible for providing budget authority, while the NDAA provides guidance on how defense-related funds should be used, establishes national security policies and restrictions, and creates or continues national security programs. Viewed as “must-pass” legislation, the NDAA routinely carries a range of policy and programmatic matters not directly related to national defense. Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – September 21, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly | General Assembly Hall United Nations

12:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with The Honorable Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia | InterContinental Barclay, New York, NY Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of September 13, 2021

US Federal Labor ViewpointsThis is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week.

In this issue, we cover:

  • Reconciliation Package Updates
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Federal Contract Workers’ Minimum Wage Update
  • Registered Apprenticeship Funding Announced
  • Upcoming Congressional Hearing

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US Executive Branch Update – September 20, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

11:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, en route the White House

12:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of September 13, 2021

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsThe United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Australia announced a new strategic alliance in the Indo-Pacific region this week that reportedly upset the US relationship with France, another strategic ally.  Meanwhile, the US and the European Union (EU) combined efforts this week at an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting to address climate change.  This week, the UK reaffirmed supply chain priorities with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States.  UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss also delivered a speech at Policy Exchange this week, outlining Britain’s new trade policy of moving from “defence to offence”.  The European Commission President also delivered the State of the Union address to the European Parliament, outlining policy priorities for the bloc this week.

In this issue, we also cover:

  • COVID-19 highlights among the transatlantic partners;
  • Notable US, UK, and EU developments; and
  • A brief UK-EU trade deal update.

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US Executive Branch Update – September 16, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

1:45 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on leveling the playing field in our economy to bring down costs and ensure that the backbone of the country, the middle class, can finally get a break | East Room Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – September 15, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

1:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT hosts a meeting with business leaders and CEOs on the COVID-19 response Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of September 6, 2021

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsThis week, the United Kingdom (UK) provided an extension related to the customs requirements for its goods transiting to Northern Ireland, thereby providing additional time for negotiations with the European Union (EU) to find a path forward to resolve the trade concerns tied to the Northern Ireland Protocol.  The European Commission published its 2021 Strategic Foresight Report, further delineating its policy agenda for the bloc.  Later this month, the United States (US) will host the EU-US Trade and Tech Council, seeking to find common ground on trade-related matters.

While the EU continues to debate whether to move forward with COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs, the US President announced Federal requirements this week, seeking to compel US employers to mandate vaccines for their American-based employees.  US courts are expected to see legal challenges to the new workforce vaccine mandate policy in the coming days.

In this issue, we also cover:

  • COVID-19 highlights among the transatlantic partners;
  • Notable UK, US and EU developments; and
  • A brief UK-EU trade deal update.

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US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of September 6, 2021

US Federal Labor ViewpointsThis is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week.

In this issue, we cover:

  • Reconciliation Package Updates
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Teacher Unions Press the Administration
  • TSA Employees Seek Greater Bargaining Rights
  • U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue Resumes

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