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The Senate gave final approval Dec. 11 to H.R. 4014, legislation strongly supported by the ABA to protect privileged information submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
The Senate was unable to garner a two-thirds vote this month to pass a resolution of advice and consent to ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty strongly supported by the ABA.
A program that fully insures non-interest-bearing transaction accounts, including Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) funds that are channeled to legal services programs, is set to expire Dec. 31 after a vote to extend the program was blocked over a budgetary point of order.
“There is growing evidence that our public schools overly rely upon suspension, expulsions and referrals to law enforcement in managing student behavior,” ABA President Laurel G. Bellows said in a statement submitted for a Dec. 12 hearing on the “school to prison pipeline,” a cycle perpetuated by school discipline practices that unnecessarily remove students from the classroom.
President Obama, saying that “words need to lead to action,” announced a new initiative Dec. 19 that will identify concrete proposals addressing gun violence that he will send to Congress in January for immediate consideration.
The 112th Congress failed to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, but the ongoing crisis of human trafficking and forced labor is still a subject of discussion on Capitol Hill.
Seven federal judges filed a class action lawsuit Nov. 30 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking back pay that Article III judges who are serving or served any time from 2006 to the present are owed for cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) they did not receive in six of the past 17 years.
The ABA urged the House Ways and Means Committee this month to request a scoring by the Congressional Budget Office for H.R. 5284, a bill that addresses confusion and uncertainty in situations where Medicare is a secondary rather than the primary payer of medical expenses related to workplace injuries.