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Bill introduced to study opening interstate market to truck drivers under age 21

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to study the viability of allowing truck drivers under the age of 21 to operate in interstate commerce.

Currently, in the lower 48 states, an individual can obtain a commercial driver’s license at the age of 18 but can only operate a vehicle in the state where [...]

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Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation.

Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged [...]

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Fast Track Passes. TPP Now Nearly Certain to Pass Too.

From Mother Jones:

Well, it looks like the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is in business. The standalone fast-track bill just passed the Senate by a hair, 60-37. Several Republicans defected and voted no even though they had voted yes the first time around, but only one Democrat defected. So now it goes to President Obama’s desk, [...]

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Senators from OR, WA, CA vote to advance damaging trade deal

Disappointing news from DC: In an article titled ”Fast-Track Clears Senate Hurdle In Vote,” AlterNet calls out the Democrats who helped the damaging trade deal TPP advance to the next level.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is among the West Coast Democrats who cast a bad trade vote against the interests of working families.

The Senate [...]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement faces another test as legislation returns to US Senate

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a wide-ranging proposed trade agreement that could include more than 10 countries, has faced another test in the US Senate as legislation needed to close the deal returned for a second run through the chamber.

Opposition in the House of Representatives, where Democrats refused to renew a previously uncontroversial program providing [...]

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Doctors, nurses, others charged in $712M Medicare fraud bust

In the largest-ever crackdown on health-care fraud by the Justice Department, criminal charges have been filed against 243 people across the nation involving $712 million in false billing from Medicare, officials announced Thursday.

“This action represents the largest criminal health-care fraud takedown in the history of the Department of Justice,” said Attorney General Loretta [...]

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Brookings Institution: US needs to address congestion, Harbor Maintenance Tax improvements

The Brookings Institution said U.S. government needs to adopt a national policy to address congestion at major ports:

As it stands, policymakers see ports more as local infrastructure and not national assets, the Brookings report said. That means spending is allocated based on local needs, even though congestion near the ports of Houston or Portland [...]

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TPP defeat: Why labor movement’s war against fast track may not be over

Excerpts from The [...]

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NVOCCs and ccean freight forwarding and logistics companies fined heavily for bribery and corruption

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has recovered a total of $430,000 in civil penalties after completing several separate compromise agreements with various ocean freight companies. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives from around the country. The parties, seven non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and freight forwarders, settled and agreed to [...]

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ATA: Terminals and carriers using congestion-related fees as a 'profit center'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article titled ‘Shippers and truckers the losers in demurrage blame game’:

Demurrage and per-diem detention fees at gridlocked U.S. ports have turned into a multimillion-dollar hot potato. Cargo interests, truckers, ocean carriers and marine terminals are locked in noisy, seemingly nonstop argument over responsibility for the fees. It’s a [...]

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Obama takes unexpected setback on trade agenda as Fast Track passes Senate

From the Huffington Post:

President Barack Obama’s trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president’s plans.

The Senate [...]

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Obama’s Trade Deal In One Short Speech

From Huffington Post:

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiated by President Barack Obama would harm the United States.

While Obama has said that the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is “the most progressive framework for trade” the United [...]

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Recall petition: 'Malfeasance and violation of the oath of office' at the Port of Vancouver

In a May 20 article titled ‘Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe,’ the Columbian’s Aaron Corvin follows an excellent investigative series that includes the following excerpts:

In recall documents filed Tuesday, Vancouver resident Christopher Clifford accuses Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe of malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of the [...]

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Big banks plead guilty to market manipulation, will pay $5.8 billion

The Justice Department said it was charging the banks’ parent companies because the wrongdoing was pervasive, and that the banks’ punishment was ”fitting considering the long-running and egregious nature of their anticompetitive conduct.”

From the Huffington Post:

The age of multibillion-dollar bank fines with no admission of wrongdoing is over. The Justice Department announced [...]

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Want to know where your meat was raised? WTO case pressures Congress to stop labeling

An article titled ‘U.S. loses meat labeling case; trade war looms’ shows one of the many ways free trade agreements hurt consumers and farmers:

Consumer group Public Citizen pointed to a 2014 survey showing nine in 10 Americans supported the labeling rules.

Canada and Mexico are readying trade sanctions against the United States after [...]

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