December 2, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

December 2, 2018

1. H.R.7115 [115th] 3D Firearms Prohibitions Act
2. S.J.Res.54 [115th] A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.
3. H.R.5682 [115th] FIRST STEP Act
4. 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.
5. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
6. H.R.7150 [115th] H-4 Employment Protection Act of 2018
7. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
8. H.R.1918 [115th] Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017
9. H.R.6 [115th] SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
10. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017

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Trump Aide Kudlow Calls for End of Electric Vehicle Subsidies | Bloomberg


Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters that electric car subsidies “will all end in the near future,” adding 2020 or 2021 when asked for a timeline.

He also said no plans are in place to cut off General Motors Co. from federal spending after President Donald Trump last week directed agencies to explore how to do so after lashing out on Twitter at the automaker’s plans to close plants and cut thousands of jobs.

Source: Trump Aide Kudlow Calls for End of Electric Vehicle Subsidies – Bloomberg

Lawmakers buy more time for spending deal | TheHill

Appetite for a rancorous fight over the border wall with Mexico subsided over the weekend following Bush’s death. The 41st president’s passing upended what was expected to be an intense week of negotiations ahead of a Dec. 7 funding deadline.

Instead, lawmakers and much of Washington will spend the next few days remembering Bush, who was known for his character, steadiness and ability to cut deals with the other side.

Source: Lawmakers buy more time for spending deal | TheHill

Clock ticks down on GOP Congress | TheHill

Lawmakers are facing an end-of-the-year traffic jam with legislation piling up and a tight schedule that leaves them little wiggle room.

Leadership is juggling a backlog of must-pass bills and nominations as well as eleventh-hour requests from rank-and-file members as legislators try to cram as much as possible into the final days of the work year. Republicans, in particular, are feeling pressure to make a last-ditch effort as they prepare to cede control of the House to Democrats in January.

Source: Clock ticks down on GOP Congress | TheHill

The battle for Azov: Round 1 goes to Russia


The attack foreshadows a Russian bid to establish unilateral control over the Kerch Strait and perhaps blockade Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov.

Unfortunately, the United States and Europe have reacted weakly, largely limiting their responses to expressions of concern.

Source: The battle for Azov: Round 1 goes to Russia

Remembering George H.W. Bush—A wise foreign policy leader


As the deputy chief of the Persian Gulf Task Force at the Central Intelligence Agency in August 1990, I had a front-row look at how President George H.W. Bush handled complex and dynamic foreign policy challenges.

Bush was a master at comprehending the intricacies of national security. With his National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, Bush defended America’s strategic interests in the Middle East, built an international coalition and liberated Kuwait.

Source: Remembering George H.W. Bush—A wise foreign policy leader

Audi to invest 14 billion euros in e-mobility, self-driving cars


Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) premium auto brand Audi said on Tuesday it would invest 14 billion euros ($15.9 billion) through 2023 in electric mobility, digitalization and autonomous driving.

Overall, the company’s total projected expenditure for the next five years amounts to 40 billion euros, the company said in a statement. It also plans restructuring measures that will generate 1 billion in earnings uplift already in 2018.

Source: Audi to invest 14 billion euros in e-mobility, self-driving cars

The Future Of Money | Reuters


Digital newcomers out to disrupt South African banking

Source: The Future Of Money | Reuters

For G20 leaders, greater problems yet to come | Reuters


Those broadly positive headlines, however, are only half the picture. For all the efforts to keep it on track, the meeting in Buenos Aires also served to showcase an alarming rise in the number of international differences. From French President Emmanuel Macron squaring up against Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Trump snubbing Russian President Vladimir Putin, a growing number of leaders appeared openly hostile or dismissive of each other.

The primary diplomatic breakthrough of the summit – a joint declaration to reform the World Trade Organization – may simply be a precursor to more arguments. While most nations do want changes at the WTO, U.S.-China tensions make it unlikely they’ll agree on how to do so.

Pointedly, a forum designed as one of the world’s leading venues for international diplomacy struggled to get the word “multilateralism” into the communiqué for fear of offending leaders such as Trump.

Source: Commentary: For G20 leaders, greater problems yet to come | Reuters

Brexit hash makes Britain ‘hot heads’ of Europe – city chief | Reuters


Mismanagement of Brexit has made Britain the new “hot heads” of Europe and caused damage to its valuable financial services industry that will take at least a decade to repair, the City of London’s policy chief said.

Brexit poses the biggest challenge to the City since the 2007-09 global crisis as it will probably lead to banks and insurers losing full or partial access to the European Union, the world’s biggest trading bloc.

Source: Brexit hash makes Britain ‘hot heads’ of Europe – city chief | Reuters