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The ABA maintains that it is time to adopt a more flexible and commonsense approach with regard to detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and urged the Senate this month to include provisions in the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act that would permit the transfer of detainees to the United States for trial and clarify requirements for transfers to different countries.
The Senate invoked the “nuclear option” Nov. 21 and voted 52-48 to change Senate rules to provide that a simple majority of 51 votes, rather the current 60, will be required to invoke cloture to end filibusters of executive and judicial nominees, with the exception of nominees to the Supreme Court.
ABA President James R. Silkenat urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this month to favorably report the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty that he said “would send a clear message to the world of our support for the human rights principles of the treaty, as well as our role in the world as a leader for the rights of people with disabilities.”
The Senate took a major step last month when it passed a bill Nov. 7 to bar employers from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The ABA told the House Judiciary Committee last month that “the combination of too few judges and insufficient funding is diminishing the ability of the federal courts to serve the people and deliver timely justice.”
The ABA urged Congress this month to enact legislation that would require the use of plain language for all new and substantially revised federal regulations in accordance with guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget under the Plain Writing Act of 2010.
The House passed legislation Oct. 22 to reauthorize and expand the Adoption Incentives Program that incorporates recommendations from the ABA to continue the Family Connection Grants program supporting efforts to reconnect children in foster care with their families.
The ABA Board of Governors adopted a resolution Nov. 16 that opposes proposed legislation in Congress that would require all law firms and other personal service businesses with annual gross receipts over $10 million to use the accrual method of accounting rather than the traditional cash receipts and disbursement method.