September 16, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

September 16, 2018

1. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
2. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
3. H.R.5895 [115th] Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019
4. H.R.5515 [115th] John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019
5. H.R.1 [115th] An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
6. H.R.6157 [115th] Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019
7. H.R.6147 [115th] Interior, Environment, Financial Services and General Government, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2019
8. S.2155 [115th] Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
9. H.R.1625 [115th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
10. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

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Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining


Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine.

But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant.

Scientists think something is amiss, but they can’t be certain: In the past, they didn’t systematically count the population of flying insects, so they can’t make a proper comparison to today.

Nevertheless, they’re pretty sure across the globe there are fewer insects that are crucial to as much as 80 percent of what we eat.

Source: Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

The GPA Gap: Rich Students Have Grades Inflated More Often Than Poor Students | US News


A new study on grade inflation published Wednesday shows that schools attended by more affluent students saw less rigorous grading than schools attended by less affluent ones.

While median grade point averages increased in both school types between 2005 and 2016, it increased more in the more affluent schools.

Source: The GPA Gap: Rich Students Have Grades Inflated More Often Than Poor Students | Education News | US News

Hurricanes Hit Everyone, But the Poor Have the Hardest Time Recovering | US News


.. when it comes to escaping, surviving and recovering from a natural disaster, it’s the poor who suffer the most, experts say. And with the extreme weather patterns and storms associated with climate change, the economic divide will only accelerate, they predict.

“The rich can survive well, and the poor don’t,” says Columbia University professor John Mutter, author of “The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Even Poorer.”

“And it continues to separate us.”

Source: Hurricanes Hit Everyone, But the Poor Have the Hardest Time Recovering | The Report | US News

Ford lawyer proposes testifying next Thursday | TheHill

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford told committee staffers during a call Thursday evening to negotiate details of a potential hearing that she wanted Kavanaugh to testify before her and she does not want to be in the same room as him, according to multiple reports.

A source told CNN that Ford’s lawyers are also opposed to an outside counsel being used to question her during a hearing, something that was being discussed by Republican senators to avoid the optics of 11 male GOP senators questioning Ford.

Source: Ford lawyer proposes testifying next Thursday | TheHill

Defense budget expert casts doubt on $13B Space Force estimate | TheHill


“I would say this is an example of malicious compliance,” Todd Harrison, a defense budget expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told reporters Thursday.

“We know there are folks in the Air Force that do not like this idea at all. And this cost estimate, it just really looks like they’re trying to come out with a high-ball estimate to shift the debate into how expensive this is going to be.”

A memo from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson that was widely leaked this week estimated that the Space Force could cost $3 billion its first year and $10 over the following four years.

Source: Defense budget expert casts doubt on $13B Space Force estimate | TheHill

States are leading the way on data privacy | TheHill


If you want a sense of where the US is heading on data regulation, in short, look to the states.

In California, for example, the state legislature in June passed a privacy measure called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

The measure, proposed merely a week before it passed, gained unanimous support from the state legislature, in one of many signs that data regulations transcend the partisan gridlock we’re so used to seeing on most political issues.

Source: States are leading the way on data privacy | TheHill

Four General Electric power turbines shut down in U.S. due to blade issue | Reuters


General Electric Co (GE.N) said on Thursday that four of its new flagship power turbines in the United States have been shut down due to an “oxidation issue” and warned it expects the problem to affect more of the 51 units it has shipped, sending shares lower.

Source: Four General Electric power turbines shut down in U.S. due to blade issue | Reuters

Caterpillar leans on old playbook to cope with Trump tariffs | Reuters


Even though demand has picked up since then, its Clayton plant still runs a single shift and operates only four days a week. One third of the facility’s 550 employees are on flexible contracts.

The result: CAT is producing more loaders here with 30 percent fewer people on the factory floor than in the past, the company told Reuters.

Source: Caterpillar leans on old playbook to cope with Trump tariffs | Reuters

Australian mining’s macho image worsens pain of labor shortage | Reuters


“We’ve solved crazier problems than this. This is seriously not hard if people have the will,” said Sam Retallack, head of hiring at miner Independence Group.

It will require a “big philosophical shift,” but miners must offer more flexible working conditions to attract the next generation of workers, she said.

Source: Australian mining’s macho image worsens pain of labor shortage | Reuters