By S-3 Public Affairs
Fact of the Week: AIM will officially end on December 15 of this year, but its impact on how we communicate is now a multi-billion dollar industry. The Wall Street Journal reports, “While AIM remained in the mainstream for a decade, … A new set of internet titans emerged. Apple, Facebook and Google rolled out communications platforms and spawned a multibillion-dollar chat-app industry that owes more than a little debt of gratitude to AIM.” Just as AIM is shutting down, applications like Slack and Facebook’s Workplace Chat are continuing to evolve, all building on what AIM made mainstream. Mashable reports this week, “Facebook has finally released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a desktop messaging service for businesses. The new messaging service is essentially a competitor to Slack.” Meanwhile, CNBC adds, “Slack Technologies has secured a partnership with Oracle to integrate the tech giant’s enterprise software products into the popular workplace messaging app.” #ThanksAIM
In the Administration: President Trump is expected to deliver a tax reform speech in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Additionally, The Washington Post reports, “President Trump is expected to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress. … Trump is expected to deliver a speech, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 12, laying out a larger strategy for confronting the nation he blames for terrorism and instability throughout the Middle East.”
Also this week: the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations begins Wednesday.
On the Hill: The House returns to Washington on Tuesday with plans to consider a disaster relief measure. The Senate is in recess this week.
- Monday: House Agriculture Committee farm bill listening session;
- Tuesday: House Rules Committee hearing on S.585 (Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act);
- Wednesday: House Agriculture Committee hearing on the 2017 agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, with testimony from Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo; House Financial Services Committee markup of 23 bills; House Natural Resources Committee legislative hearing on 4 bills and subcommittee hearing on Outer Continental Shelf Lands revenue legislation; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings on the 340B drug pricing program, opioid crisis, and FCC reauthorization; House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on “Confronting the Full Range of Iranian Threats” and subcommittee hearings on the State Department and USAID FY2018 Africa budget and U.S. policy toward Lebanon; House Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing on opportunities to expand U.S. trade relationships in the Asia-Pacific region; House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on infrastructure, with testimony from highway and transit stakeholders; House Veterans’ Affairs Committee legislative hearing on 3 economic opportunity bills; House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearings on the U.S. government’s role in protecting international religious freedom and security clearance investigation challenges and reforms; House Small Business Committee hearing on the Paperwork Reduction Act; House Science Subcommittee hearing on NIST vulnerabilities; The Hill’s “Cracking the Tax Code: Prospects for Reform” with Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL); Financial Services Roundtable conversation on tax reform featuring Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and a roundtable discussion;
- Thursday: Speaker Paul Ryan delivers remarks on tax reform at The Heritage Foundation; House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing on the future of housing, with testimony from Secretary Ben Carson; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings on Energy Department missions and management priorities, with testimony from Secretary Rick Perry, and protectionist cross border data flow policies’ impact on U.S. jobs and trade; House Foreign Affairs Committee markup of the Taiwan Travel Act and the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act; House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the 2020 census; House Natural Resources Subcommittee legislative hearing on 2 bills; House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearings on North Korea’s threat to the homeland and first responder communications; House Small Business Subcommittee hearing on fostering women’s entrepreneurial success;
- Friday: House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing on onshore energy policy; Senate Commerce Committee field hearing on expanding broadband infrastructure in New Hampshire.
In the Media: Pew Research shares key insights on the continuing rise of digital, mobile, and social new consumption. A big part of the increase over the past year has been largely attributed to older Americans. “Roughly two-thirds (67%) of those ages 65 and older now get news on a mobile device, a 24-percentage-point jump from 2016 and about three times the share in 2013. … For the first time in Pew Research Center surveys, more than half (55%) of Americans ages 50 and older report getting news on social media sites, a 10-percentage-point jump from 2016.”