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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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Northern Virginia Technology Council Applauds Inclusion of Section 3610 of the CARES Act in Continuing Resolution Bill
MCLEAN, Virginia, Sept. 26 -- The Northern Virginia Technology Council issued the following news release:

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) applauds the inclusion of Section 3610 of the CARES Act in H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act.

Section 3610 allows the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies to modify contract terms to help pay for contractor workforces to remain at a "ready state." This allows contractors to file for the reimbursement of labor costs for employees who are unable to access federal facilities due to the ... Show Full Article

National Ocean Industries Association: Offshore North Carolina Moratorium Diminishes American Energy, Economic Outlook
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The National Ocean Industries Association issued the following statement on Sept. 25 by President Erik Milito:

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National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito issued the following statement after President Trump announced the expansion of the Atlantic energy moratorium to include offshore North Carolina:

"Americans are trying to climb back from a historic economic downturn, and today's announcement places additional offshore energy development out of reach and locks away much needed investment and jobs. An offshore moratorium that stretches from ... Show Full Article

National Grain and Feed Association, U.S. Agriculture Groups Urge Trump to Remain in the WTO
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Sept. 26 -- The National Grain and Feed Association issued the following news release:

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and 61 other U.S. agriculture stakeholders have urged the Trump administration to remain in the World Trade Organization (WTO), and for Congress to vote against any resolution that would end U.S. membership in the international trade body.

In a letter sent this week to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the groups emphasized support for efforts to reform WTO rules, noting that "improvement is needed" to hold WTO members accountable ... Show Full Article

NAWBO Statement on Wells Fargo CEO Comments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The National Association of Women Business Owners issued the following statement by CEO Jen Earle:

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Wells Fargo has been a steadfast supporter of women business owners for the past twenty-one years. Our partnership helps to elevate women into spheres of power, and we value their contribution.

"The recent comments from Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf misrepresent black communities and go against everything we believe in and stand for.

"However, NAWBO does not believe these comments reflect the values of the employees, the boots on the ground, and executives that ... Show Full Article

Direct Sellers Meet Virtually With Members of Congress to Demonstrate the Importance of Independent Work in Today's Economy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The Direct Selling Association issued the following news release on Sept. 25:

On September 23, The Direct Selling Association (DSA), the national trade association for direct selling companies, hosted its annual Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill for independent direct sellers throughout the United States. The event took place across the country this year and participants spoke with elected representatives virtually at their homes.

More than 125 direct selling distributors and executives representing 33 states met with Members of Congress during Direct Selling Day on Capitol ... Show Full Article

DOE CESER Commits $12M to Grid Security Solutions With $6M for APPA to Aid Public Power
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The American Public Power Association issued the following news release:

The Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) has announced cooperative agreements totaling $12 million over a three-year period to develop and deploy cyber and cyber-physical solutions for distribution and municipal utilities.

CESER will partner with the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as part of the congressionally directed initiative, with the funding being split equally ... Show Full Article

COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbating 'Pre-Existing' Conditions of Financially Struggling Skilled-Nursing Facilities, According to ABI Journal Article
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 26 -- The American Bankruptcy Institute issued the following news release:

Those practicing in and for skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) reasonably expected failure and death at rates greater than other health care settings because of what an article in the September ABI Journal deemed the "pre-existing conditions" of the industry. "The skilled nursing industry's pre-existing conditions have multiple causes, the most impactful being the unique financial model found in the SNF industry," Jerry Seelig of Seelig+Cussigh HCO LLC (Los Angeles), David Hoffman of David Hoffman ... Show Full Article