February 10, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

February 10, 2019

1. H.Res.109 [116th] Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
2. H.R.8 [116th] Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
3. H.R.1044 [116th] To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.
4. H.R.1  [116th] For the People Act of 2019
5. H.R.790 [116th] Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019
6. S.1 [116th] Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019
7. H.R.420 [116th] Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
8. S.47 [116th] Natural Resources Management Act
9. S.130 [116th] Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
10. 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.

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Why Walmart farms out same-day grocery deliveries to low-cost freelance drivers | Reuters

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Leonard and his cohort of some 16.5 million American “gig” workers – people who currently work in contingent jobs or as on call workers – come at a lower cost for Walmart than full-time employees, according to interviews with drivers, delivery companies and Walmart documents reviewed by Reuters.

But they lack loyalty when there are better paying deliveries out there, adding risk to Walmart’s latest attempt to win more online grocery customers.

Source: Why Walmart farms out same-day grocery deliveries to low-cost freelance drivers | Reuters

Bottler Coca-Cola HBC warns of higher finance costs, lower consumer spending | Reuters


The company – which bottles and sells Coca-Cola Co drinks in 28 countries, mostly in Europe – said costs related to refinancing an 800-million Euro bond, which matures in June 2020, may double this year and cross currency fluctuations would hurt its core profit by 50 million euros.

It also said economic growth this year is forecast to slow in a number of its markets. It said this is likely to crimp consumer spending in its “established” and “developing” markets segments, which together comprised 48 percent of its volumes last year.

Source: Bottler Coca-Cola HBC warns of higher finance costs, lower consumer spending | Reuters

Amazon faces probe into treatment of sellers in Austria | Reuters


Austria’s competition authority has begun investigating whether Amazon is exploiting its market dominance in relation to other retailers that use its website as a marketplace, it said on Thursday.

This follows a similar move by German authorities, which announced an investigation in November.

European regulators have been taking a tough line on U.S. tech giants like Google and Facebook, while the European Commission is also looking into Amazon’s dual role as retailer and marketplace.

Source: Amazon faces probe into treatment of sellers in Austria | Reuters

Norway gives go-ahead to disputed Arctic copper mine | Reuters


Norway’s government approved on Thursday the building of a copper mine near Europe’s northernmost point despite years of opposition from indigenous Sami herders and fishermen.

Norway’s decision on the copper mine has been viewed as a litmus test for the Arctic, where climate change and technology are enabling mineral and energy extraction, shipping and tourism, but threatening traditional ways of life.

Source: Norway gives go-ahead to disputed Arctic copper mine | Reuters

Democrats swear off big money, but will it hurt their 2020 White House chances? | Reuters


“I’m not taking a dime of PAC money in this campaign. I’m not taking a single check from a federal lobbyist. I’m not taking applications from billionaires who want to run a Super PAC on my behalf. And I challenge every other candidate who asks for your vote in this primary to say exactly the same thing,” Warren said during her rally last Saturday in Massachusetts.

Warren’s move regarding money from lobbyists and political action committees (PACs) – entities formed by corporations, unions and others to raise and spend money to back or oppose candidates – highlights the tricky role money is expected to play in a Democratic primary battle that could draw dozens of candidates vying to challenge Republican President Donald Trump.

Source: Democrats swear off big money, but will it hurt their 2020 White House chances? | Reuters

In rural Mississippi, still waiting on recovery | Reuters


The United States’ record-setting and near-decade-long recovery from the 2007 to 2009 recession has restored many measures of the national economy back to or better than what they were.

But it has done little for Leflore County, or for many rural places like it whose continued slip from the economic mainstream worries Federal Reserve and other policymakers who fear it could feed broader problems, from slower growth overall to increased political tension.

Source: In rural Mississippi, still waiting on recovery | Reuters

Airbus A380: from European dream to white elephant | Reuters


Loved by passengers, feared by accountants, the world’s largest airliner has run out of runway after Airbus decided to close A380 production after 12 years in service due to weak sales.

The decision to halt production of the A380 superjumbo is the final act in one of Europe’s greatest industrial adventures and reflects a dearth of orders by airline bosses unwilling to back Airbus’s vision of huge jets to combat airport congestion.

Source: Airbus A380: from European dream to white elephant | Reuters

We’ve got this mountain of trash – why don’t we ski down it? | Reuters


What to do with the mountain of garbage a major metropolitan area produces is an age-old question. Copenhagen has come up with a brand-new answer: ski down the mountain.

Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the plant is an important step in Copenhagen’s ambition to become the world’s first carbon-neutral capital. It’s an attempt to build a waste-treatment plant that local residents are happy to see come to their neighborhood. It seems to be working.

“It’s a fantastic experience in the middle of a city to be able to do what you do like the most,” said visiting skier Pelle Hansen. “Instead of having to go six, seven, eight or ten hours to a ski destination, you can be here in ten minutes.”

Source: We’ve got this mountain of trash – why don’t we ski down it? | Reuters

With eyes on China, EU lawmakers back investment screening | Reuters


EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a far-reaching system on Thursday to coordinate scrutiny of foreign investments, notably from China, to protect strategic technologies and infrastructure in Europe.

The vote was 500 in favor, 49 against and 56 abstaining.

Under the plan, developed as Chinese investments surged, the European Commission will investigate foreign investments in critical sectors and give its view on whether they undermine European interests.

Source: With eyes on China, EU lawmakers back investment screening | Reuters