Category Archives: National

Mark Herring on Merrick Garland’s nomination to Supreme Court

mark herringAttorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. Last week, Attorney General Herring joined 20 of his colleagues in writing the leadership of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to fulfill their constitutional responsibility and consider a nominee as quickly as possible. Continue reading

Senate HELP Committee Approves Kaine & Capito Bill To Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

tmi kaineToday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to help address the prescription opioid and heroin abuse epidemic in America. The Co-prescribing Saves Lives Act would encourage physicians to co-prescribe the life-saving drug naloxone alongside opioid prescriptions and make naloxone more widely available in federal health settings. The bill can now head to the Senate floor for a vote. Continue reading

Warner, Boozman Seek to Protect Combat-Injured Veterans from Being Improperly Taxed on Severance Pay

Warner, Mark-020209-18425- 0011U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not improperly taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DoD). Continue reading

Kaine, Portman, Baldwin, Capito Introduce Bill To Redesign High School With Greater CTE Focus

tmi kaineToday, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience by making courses more relevant to students’ future careers. Continue reading

At Request of Sen. Warner, IRS to Update Guidance on Electronic Record Keeping For On-Demand Workers

Warner, Mark-020209-18425- 0011In response to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the IRS will revise its website and publications to provide more clarity to taxpayers about the permissible use of electronic records. On February 3, 2016, Sen. Warner sent a letter to Commissioner John Koskinen, calling for the IRS to streamline its guidance, particularly for on-demand workers who face unique challenges when filing their individual income taxes. Continue reading