S-3 Expands Congressional Reach; Adds Matt Bravo

Washington, DC – S-3 Public Affairs today announced the addition of Capitol Hill veteran Matt Bravo, who most recently served as Floor Director to House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). He will start work with the firm in 2018.

“Matt Bravo has been a critical part of our Whip Office team from the start, and as floor director he has helped bring about many hard-earned legislative victories to the benefit of the American people. In more than a decade working on Capitol Hill, Matt has developed strong relationships with members of Congress and staff on both sides of the aisle, and while his counsel and friendship will be missed, I know Matt’s experience and expertise will serve him well in the next phase of his career,” said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

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Agenda: 11/12/17

By S-3 Public Affairs

Fact of the Week: More proof on the power of video: TechCrunch reports on how Instagram Stories and videos generally have helped to grow the social media platform. “As of June, video watch-time on Instagram is up 80 percent year-over-year and the number of videos shared is up 4x. From June 2016 to April 2017, Instagram grew monthly active users by 40 percentBefore Stories launched, there was a question about a per user Feed photo sharing decrease. A year after Stories launched, people younger than 25 spent 32 minutes per day on Instagram on average, and people 25 years and older spent more than 24 minutes per day. That compares to 21 minutes per day on average for all Instagram users in October 2014. Instagram Stories currently has more than 300 million daily active users, and that compares to Instagram’s total 500 million daily active users in September.”

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In the Media: Look for advertising in Podcasts to evolve in the coming year as more data about listeners becomes more widely available. Despite Podcasts being “about a decade old,” Bloomberg reports, “The medium … remains raw as a business. Partly that’s because audience data are primitive compared with, say, web writing. … Podcasters have very little access to even basic information about who’s listening, how many podcasts or episodes they’re listening to, or even how much of an individual episode they complete.” That’s likely to change soon: “Apple, which maintains a bit more than half of the overall podcasting market with its native Podcasts app, is expected soon to start releasing its data to podcast publishers. Suddenly, podcasters will know the demographics and geographic distribution of their listeners, if listeners actually finish episodes, if listeners skip over the commercials, whether listeners replay podcasts.” Forbes notes: “Sixty-one percent of Americans listen to digital radio monthly, and nearly a quarter listen to podcasts monthly.”

In the administration: President Trump is in the Philippines, the final stop on his Asia tour. The president is expected to have talks with Philippine President Duterte tomorrow before returning home. Administration officials remain actively engaged in the tax reform progress as well, continuing to push for quick action in Congress.

On the Hill: Tax reform remains top priority in both the House and Senate, with potential floor action in the House and an open executive session at the Senate Finance Committee. Also watch for completion of the National Defense Authorization Act.  

  • Monday: Senate Finance Committee open executive session to consider the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, beginning at 3pm; House Rules Committee hearing on the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act conference report and the 21st Century Flood Reform Act; The Wall Street Journal’s 10th Annual CEO Council Meeting (through Tuesday); The Heritage Foundation event on “educational freedom” for military and veteran service members with Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN);
  • Tuesday: House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing with testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting to consider the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the Department of Homeland Security; Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting to consider the Multilateral Aid Review Act and nomination of Eric Ueland to be undersecretary of State for management followed by a hearing on the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons and subcommittee hearing on American leadership in the Asia-Pacific; Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nominations of Anthony Kurta (to be principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness), James McPherson (to be general counsel of the Department of the Army), and Gregory Maggs (to be a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces); Senate HELP Committee hearing on gene editing technology; Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee hearing on 4 bills; Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing on agriculture technology and data-driven farming; House Financial Services Committee markup of 23 bills; House Administration Committee hearing on preventing sexual harassment in the congressional workplace, with testimony from Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), and others; House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing on financial accountability in territories’ disaster recovery efforts; House Rules Committee hearing on the VA Asset and Infrastructure Review Act; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on response and recovery to environmental concerns from the 2017 hurricane season; House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee joint hearing on regulatory reform task forces progress, with testimony from representatives of the Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Services; House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Brexit negotiations; House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the current threat at the U.S.-Canada border; The Hill’s “Digitalizing Infrastructure: Building A Smarter Future” with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI);
  • Wednesday: House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on Labor Department policies and priorities, with testimony from Secretary Alexander Acosta; House Appropriations Subcommittee oversight hearing of Veterans Affairs’ electronic health records, with testimony from Secretary David Shulkin; Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of circuit court appointees James Ho and Don Willett, district court nominees Calria Boom, John Broomes, Rebecca Grady Jennings, and Robert Wier, and the nomination of Pamela Bresnahan to be chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, and subcommittee hearing on the consumer welfare standard in antitrust; Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee business meeting to consider reconciliation legislation that would authorize the Interior Secretary to establish an oil and gas program in the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Senate HELP Committee hearing on “encouraging healthy communities” with testimony from Surgeon General Jerome Adams and nomination hearing for several top Labor and Education Department positions; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing about promoting American leadership in reducing air emissions through innovation; Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba; Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on VA efforts to prevent and combat opioid over-medication; House Rules Committee hearing on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; House Foreign Affairs Committee markup of 9 bills and resolutions and subcommittee hearing on U.S. economic strategy in Asia amid China’s Belt and Road Initiative; House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the recommendations and reforms proposed by the inspectors general and subcommittee joint hearing on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Scorecard 5.0; House Natural Resources Committee legislative hearing on three tribal lands bills and subcommittee legislative hearing on National Park, Fish, and Wildlife Service bills; House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on maximizing the value of cyber threat information sharing; CQ Roll Call’s “Energy Decoded” with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), and FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee;
  • Thursday: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nominations of John Rood (to be undersecretary of Defense for policy) and Randall Schriver (to be assistant secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific affairs); Senate Judiciary Committee executive business meeting to consider S.2070Senate Foreign Relations Committee closed hearing on counterterrorism guidance; Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing on Coast Guard readiness; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on 5G networks and “its potential to revolutionize American competitiveness”; The Federalist Society’s 2017 National Lawyers Convention (through Saturday);
  • Friday: House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee field hearing on best practices in veterans education and transition to civilian life.

As always, please feel free to contact Rob CollinsMike FerenceJohn Scofield, or Amos Snead or call (202) 600-2938 with any questions. Have a wonderful week!

Top Lobbyists 2017

The S-3 team was again recognized in The Hill’s Top Lobbyist list for our deep reach throughout Congress and Washington, DC. Learn more about our growing team here.

The Hill
Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns 
November 2, 2017
Rob Collins and Mike FerenceS-3 Group

“With close ties to House and Senate leadership, S-3 is well-positioned to help blue-chip clients in the biggest policy battles.”

Agenda: 10/29/17

By S-3 Public Affairs

Fact of the Week: For the first time in 14 years, McDonald’s is taking a step back and reviewing how it’s $2 billion annual global advertising budget is being used. The Wall Street Journal reports, “McDonald’s Corp. is conducting a review of its ad-buying account, as the fast-food company seeks to find more efficient ways to spend its advertising dollars around the globe.” Bob Rupczynski, McDonald’s vice president of global media and customer relationship management, joined McDonald’s this year after “developing a data-led approach to advertising for companies such as Kraft Heinz Co. … As part of its ad review, McDonald’s said it is moving away from a single global media agency and will instead select a small number of ad-buying agencies to work with globally.” Rupczynski says, “The goal of this is to find what is the most efficient way to reach the consumer” and to “ensure best-in-class media services and capabilities.”

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In the Administration: President Trump this week is expected to announce his choice for the next Fed Chair. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The day of the announcement is still unclear, and next week is a busy one for Fed officials and the president. … The Fed’s policy-setting committee, on which Mr. Powell sits, will hold a two-day meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, and Mr. Trump leaves for a trip to Asia first thing Friday morning, making a Thursday announcement possible.”

On the Hill: Primary focus this week is on the House Ways and Means Committee, expected to release tax reform legislation on Wednesday. The House is also expected to consider legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, to repeal IPAB, and the Resilient Federal Forests Act. The Senate is also expected to vote on several judicial nominees.

  • Monday: Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on authorizations for the use of military force, with testimony from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James MattisSenate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting to consider the nomination of Emily Murphy (to be administrator of the General Services Administration); House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing examining physical security and cybersecurity at U.S. ports;
  • Tuesday: Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on working with tech to find solutions for extremist content and Russian disinformation online, including a panel with representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google; Senate HELP Committee hearing on implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearings on oversight of the federal response to the 2017 hurricane season (with a witness panel including FEMA Administrator Brock Long) and cost overruns, information security, and accuracy of the 2020 census (with testimony from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Census Bureau Acting Director Ron S. Jarmin, and GAO Comptroller Eugene Dodaro); Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the nomination of John C. Demers to be assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department; Senate Commerce Committee hearing on four transportation nominations and subcommittee hearing exploring Native American subsistence rights and international treaties; House Rules Committee hearing on the Resilient Federal Forests Act;
  • Wednesday: Facebook, Twitter, and Google general counsels testify before open House and Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on social media influence in the 2016 elections; Senate Banking Committee hearing for Export-Import Bank nominees Scott Garrett (to be president), Kimberly Reed (to be first vice president), Mark Greenblatt (to be inspector general), and board of directors members Spencer Bachus, Judith Delzoppo Pryor, and Claudia Slacik; Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of Leonard Grasz (to be Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit), Terry Doughty (to be District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana), Terry Fitzgerald Moorer (to be District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama), and Mark Saalfield Norris, Sr. (to be District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee); Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for the nominations of Irwin Goldstein (to be undersecretary of state for public diplomacy) and several ambassadorial nominations; Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the nominations of Jim Bridenstine (to be administrator of NASA), Dana Baiocco (to be commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission), Neil Jacobs (to be assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction) and Nazakhtar Nikakhtar (to be assistant secretary of commerce for industry and analysis); House Homeland Security Committee hearing assessing FEMA’s preparedness and response capabilities, with testimony from FEMA Administrator Brock Long; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings on FirstNet oversight and securing consumers’ credit data in the age of digital commerceHouse Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing reviewing 16 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan; House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on an insider’s look at the North Korean regime, with testimony from Thae Yong-ho, formerly North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom; House Financial Services Subcommittee hearings examining the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program and vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement in data securityHouse Judiciary Subcommittee hearings on net neutrality and the role of antitrustoversight of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Heartbeat Protection ActHouse Appropriations Subcommittee oversight hearing of accountable soft power in the national interest, with testimony from USAID Administrator Mark Green; House Rules Committee hearing on Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act;
  • Thursday: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the potential for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nominations of Mark Esper (to be army secretary), Robert Wilkie (to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness), Joseph Kernan (to be undersecretary of defense for intelligence), and Guy Roberts (to be assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense); Senate Judiciary Committee executive business meeting to markup the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act; former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page testifies at a House Intelligence Committee hearingHouse Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings on emergency response and energy infrastructure recovery efforts in the 2017 hurricane season and concerns over federal select agent program oversight of dangerous pathogens; House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on central takeaways from the 2017 hurricane season; House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing on three water-related bills; House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on private sector perspectives towards sustainable housing finance and reform; Reps. Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) discuss the future of Puerto Rico at a Ripon Society event; Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) participate in a conversation on the opioid epidemic hosted by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute;
  • Friday: House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on legislative proposals to improve small business and community access to capital.

In the Media: AdWeek shares insights from Kay Hsu, the global Instagram lead at the Facebook Creative Shop. Kay explains the potential of Instagram stories in building a brand, telling a complicated story, and advertising in a format that feels more like a social experience than an ad. “Complex stories that have multiple messages can be tightened up to fit the modern attention spans of mobile users, or brands can use the space to stretch their story out. …  Brand content stops seeming like an advertisement, and instead acts as a compelling ongoing story that people are delighted to engage with.”

As always, please feel free to contact Rob CollinsMike FerenceJohn Scofield, or Amos Snead or call (202) 600-2938 with any questions. Have a wonderful week!

Agenda: 10/22/17

By S-3 Public Affairs

Fact of the Week: FastCompany reports, “Venmo, the PayPal-owned mobile app best known for peer-to-peer money transfer, is morphing into a full-fledged digital wallet. As of yesterday, any mobile website that accepts PayPal will also accept Venmo as a form of payment. That makes Venmo a viable checkout option at over 2 million U.S. retailers.” This comes the same week that PayPal reported continued profit growth and strong projections for next year. The Wall Street Journal adds, “Total payment volume increased 30% to $114 billion, a new milestone, and around one-third of that volume came through a mobile device. PayPal counted 218 million active customer accounts at the end of the third quarter, also a record.”

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In the Administration: President Trump heads to the Hill on Tuesday to address the Senate Republican Policy Committee’s weekly luncheon meeting. This comes as the president and the Hill continue their drive to tax reform, including an op-ed from the president in USA Today. The president is also expected to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency this week.

On the Hill: Both the House and Senate return this week with focus in the House on adopting the Senate-passed budget resolution so it can move forward with tax reform. The Senate on Monday is expected to take a procedural vote on House-passed disaster-relief legislation. The House is also expected to vote on “new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and on Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militia,” per Reuters.

  • Monday: House Rules Committee meeting on H.R.469 (Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act) and H.R.732 (Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act); House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) addresses the SIFMA Annual MeetingThe Milken Institute’s Future of Health Summit (through Tuesday), with speakers including Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI);
  • Tuesday: Senate Banking Committee hearing on the nominations of David Ryder (to be director of the U.S. Mint) and Hester Peirce and Robert J. Jackson Jr. (to be members of the SEC); Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and open executive session to consider the nominations of Jeffrey Gerrish (to be a deputy U.S. Trade Representative), Gregory Doud (to be chief agricultural negotiator at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative), and Jason Kearns (to be a member of the International Trade Commission); Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. policy towards Burma; House Rules Committee hearing on the Senate amendment to the FY2018 budget; House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on the federal government’s role in the insurance industry; House Appropriations Subcommittee oversight hearing on the role of facilities and administrative costs in supporting NIH-funded research; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing to examine HHS’s public health preparedness for and response to the 2017 hurricane season; House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee joint hearing on regulatory reform task forces updates and oversight hearing of federal political advertisement laws and regulations; House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on public-private solutions for cyber workforce education; House Veterans’ Affair Committee hearing on several bills and draft legislation; The Hill’s “America’s Opioid Epidemic: Aging & Addiction” event, with remarks from Reps. Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK); Bloomberg Next: The Connected Future, featuring conversations with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), and FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel; The Heritage Foundation’s “The Business Perspective and Cost of Doing Nothing on Tax Reform” with remarks from Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Business Roundtable President and CEO Joshua Bolten;
  • Wednesday: Joint Economic Committee hearing on the future of American economic growth, with testimony from Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act and business meeting to consider the nominations of four assistant EPA administrators and a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Senate Banking Committee hearing on Department of Housing and Urban Development nominees Brian Montgomery (to be assistant secretary for housing), Robert Kurtz (to be assistant secretary for public and Indian housing), and Suzanne Tufts (to be assistant secretary for administration); Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee closed briefing on Nigeria security, with testimony from Donald Yamamoto, the acting assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of African Affairs and Mike Miller, the director of the State Department’s office of regional and arms transfers; Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the commercial satellite industry; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting to consider the nominations of Jeff T.H. Pon (to be director of the Office of Personnel Management), Michael Rigas (to be deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management), and Emily Murphy (to be administrator of the General Services Administration); House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on the President’s Iran decision; House Energy and Commerce Committee oversight hearing of the FCC, with testimony from Chairman Ajit Pai and commissioners Brendan Carr, Mignon Clyburn, Michael O’Rielly, and Jessica Rosenworcel and subcommittee hearing on federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis; House Financial Services Committee hearing examining the Equifax data breach and subcommittee hearing on private sector perspectives of sustainable housing finance; House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee joint hearing on ongoing management challenges at IRS; House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Down Syndrome research, with testimony from a panel including Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and Pete Sessions (R-TX); House Administration Committee hearing on state voter registration list management; House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee hearing examining how the VBA can effectively prevent and manage overpayments;
  • Thursday: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on cyber technology and energy infrastructure; Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting to consider the Multilateral Aid Review Act, a resolution reaffirming U.S. commitment to human rights and the rule of law in Cambodia, and 18 ambassadorial nominations; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee hearing on lessons from state legislatures for improving oversight of the regulatory process; Senate HELP Committee hearing about free speech on college campuses; House Judiciary Subcommittee oversight hearing of the U.S. refugee admissions program.

In the Media: The Wall Street Journal reports that people spend an estimated “12 hours a day on average consuming tech and media, including moments when they are multitasking. … By 2021, Americans are projected to spend an additional 18 minutes a day with tech and media.” This comes from insights shared by Michael Wolf of Activate Inc. speaking at its WSJ D.Live technology conference. When it comes to trying to capture attention during those 12 hours, Wolf notes “the most fertile ground is the digital voice assistant found in smart speakers and smartphones.” Podcasts are also expected to see significant growth. “Activate estimates the U.S. podcast audience will nearly double to 112 million active monthly listeners in 2021.” Finally, “Revenue from online videos—including subscription streaming services, individual purchases and online ads—are expected to make up about 15% of the $200 billion U.S. market for television and video in 2018.”

As always, please feel free to contact Rob CollinsMike FerenceJohn Scofield, or Amos Snead or call (202) 600-2938 with any questions. Have a wonderful week!

Agenda: 10/15/17

By S-3 Public Affairs

Fact of the Week: Technology continues to disrupt the way we work. Next up: marketing. AdWeek reports, “But since 2011, the handful of tools in the marketing technology marketplace has ballooned to more than 3,800. And they’ve evolved from simply automating repetitive tasks to generating their own competitive insights. … When content can be created instantly, targeted and distributed instantly, and then tweaked and optimized instantly, marketing becomes a whole new ballgame. … For companies, keeping pace requires investing not just in the right people, but in the right tools.”

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In the Administration: President Trump is expected to have lunch with Senate Majority Leader McConnell tomorrow ahead of an important week in the Senate for tax reform. The two are expected to discuss the legislative calendar for the coming months.

On the Hill: Focus in the Senate this week is on passing the FY2018 budget resolution so it can move forward with tax reform. The Senate is also expected to consider an aid package passed in the House last week. Finally, the Senate is also expected to name conferees on the FY2018 Defense Authorization bill. The House is on a district work period this week.

  • Monday: Senate vote on the nomination of Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to the Holy See;
  • Tuesday: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee markups of the FY2018 Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and the FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations BillSenate Intelligence Committee hearing on the nomination of Christopher Sharpley to serve as inspector general of the CIA; Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of five circuit and district judges; Senate Banking Committee hearing on consumer data security and credit bureaus; Senate HELP Committee hearing on the cost of prescription drugs;
  • Wednesday: Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of the Justice Department, with testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nominations of Thomas Carter to serve as the U.S. representative on the Council of International Civil Aviation Organization, Jennifer Gillian Newstead to be a State Department legal adviser, and Manisha Singh to be an assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs; Senate HELP Committee executive session on various Labor Department, Education Department, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and National Labor Relations Board nominations; Senate Environment & Public Works Committee business meeting to consider various EPA, Transportation Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission nominees; CNN Town Hall Debate on President Trump’s tax plan featuring Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX); Axios event on healthcare with Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA);
  • Thursday: Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the FY2018 Interior and FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bills; Senate HELP Committee hearing examining how healthy choices can improve health outcomes and reduce costs; Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on modernizing the Food for Peace program and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) delivers remarks on reforming international emergency food aid assistance at the American Enterprise Institute.

In the Media: The New York Times acknowledged the value that news consumers place on social media and the changing dynamics in the media today, announcing new social media guidelines aimed at maintaining unbiased reporting. “The New York Times announced on Friday an updated and expanded set of guidelines for our journalists’ use of social media. The new guidelines underscore our newsroom’s appreciation for the important role social media now plays in our journalism, but also call for our journalists to take extra care to avoid expressing partisan opinions or editorializing on issues that The Times is covering.”

As always, please feel free to contact Rob CollinsMike FerenceJohn Scofield, or Amos Snead or call (202) 600-2938 with any questions. Have a wonderful week!

Agenda: 10/8/17

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

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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.

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.”

As always, please feel free to contact Rob CollinsMike FerenceJohn Scofield, or Amos Snead or call (202) 600-2938 with any questions. Have a wonderful week!

Agenda: 10/1/17

By S-3 Public Affairs

Fact of the Week: Cities across the country are competing for the attention of Amazon as it decides where to invest $5 billion and bring 50,000 jobs. In Amazon’s quest for a new headquarters, everyone from volunteers in mayors’ offices to students at Wharton are vying for the contract. The New York Times shares more stories on the outreach happening across the country (including several plays on Alexa). Applications are due October 18. Just as the tax reform debate picks up inside the Beltway, this competition is also generating conversation about how these cities can make their tax structures most attractive to Amazon.

BONUS: Axios’ Sara Fischer shares highlights from last week’s Advertising Week conference in New York City. “A lot of scrolling: “The average person scrolls through 300 feet of mobile content every day,” said Andrew Keller, Facebook’s Global Creative Director.”

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In the Administration: President Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech Monday marking “Cut the Red Tape Day.” The Washington Examiner reports, “Trump will outline regulatory obstacles in his speech Monday, which will cast his deregulation push as the signature initiative of his presidency, according to the White House. He is expected to outline his accomplishments as well as efforts still to come. …The speech will be followed by breakout sessions at 10 federal agencies, including the departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior and others. But the Environmental Protection Agency is not on the list, according to a White House agenda shared with the Washington Examiner.”

The president also indicated his intention to sign an executive order allowing for the purchase of health insurance across state lines.

President Trump and Vice President Pence plan to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with Pence also visiting the US Virgin Islands.

On the Hill: The House is expected to consider the FY2018 congressional budget resolution, paving the way for tax reform, with a Rules Committee hearing Tuesday and a floor vote expected Thursday. Additionally, the House and Senate will hold several hearings on the Equifax breach, including testimony from Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith: House Energy and Commerce on Tuesday, Senate Banking and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday, and House Financial Services Committee.

  • Tuesday: Senate Finance Committee hearing on international tax reform; Joint Economic Committee hearing on tax reform and entrepreneurship; Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Wells Fargo accounts scandal, with testimony from CEO and President Timothy J. Sloan; Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Senate HELP Committee hearing on the Every Student Succeeds Act and executive session on the nominations of several Labor Department, Education Department, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission positions; Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nominations of Bruce Walker (to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability) and Steven Winberg (to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy), hearing on energy storage technologies, and subcommittee hearing on 7 bills; Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the political and security situation in Afghanistan; Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearings for Ambassador to India and for Ambassadors to Cameroon, Niger, Mauritania, Angola, Zambia, and Mauritius and Seychelles; House vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; House Natural Resources Committee legislative hearing on the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act and full markup on 9 bills; House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on online sex trafficking and the Communications Decency Act; House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity mission; House Financial Services Committee hearing on sustainable housing finance, with testimony from Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Melvin L. Watt; House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on cybersecurity of the Internet of Things; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on patient access to investigational drugs; House Science Committee hearing on electric grid resiliency; House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing on securing the peace after the fall of ISIL; House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Iraq and Syria genocide emergency relief and accountability;
  • Wednesday: Senate Intelligence Committee press conference on the status of the Russia investigation; Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of various Circuit and District Court nominees; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the nominations of assistant EPA administrators Michael Dourson, Matthew Leopold, David Ross, and William Wehrum; Senate HELP Committee hearing on Labor Department and National Labor Relations Board nominations; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination of John M. Mitnick to be Department of Homeland Security general counsel; Senate Foreign Relations Committee nominations hearing and hearing on the future of Iraq’s minorities; Senate Commerce Committee executive session to consider four bills and five nominations, including self-driving vehicle legislation and several Commerce Department positions; Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on the nominations of Melissa Sue Glynn (to be assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for enterprise integration), Cheryl Mason (to be chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals) and Randy Reeves (to be undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for memorial affairs); House Financial Services Committee hearing on the SEC’s agenda, operations, and budget, with testimony from Chairman Jay Clayton; House Natural Resources Committee legislative hearing on 3 tribal bills and full markup on 9 bills; House Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing on the IRS’ IT modernization efforts; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee stakeholder hearing on the air quality impacts of wildfires; House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on the GAO’s review of the State Department’s antiterrorism assistance program;

  • Thursday: House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the U.S. response to the Rohingya crisis; Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nominations of Jeffrey Gerrish (to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representative of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Industrial Competitiveness), Gregory Doud (to be the U.S. Trade Representative’s chief agricultural negotiator), and Jason Kearns (to be a member of the International Trade Commission); Senate HELP Committee hearing on the federal response to the opioid crisis;

  • Friday: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee field hearing on efficient approaches to reducing industrial energy costs.

In the Media: A new report by the Morning Consult finds, “63 percent of U.S. adults report seeing more ads, and three-quarters of Americans agree that internet ads are intrusive.” That said, the survey found, “67 percent of U.S. consumers aren’t willing to pay more for a service without ads.” Despite the increasing focus on digital ads, TV are still found to be the most entertaining. “TV advertisements are the only kind that more than half of those surveyed agree are entertaining: Sixty percent of U.S. adults said that about television ads, compared to 41 percent who agree that social media ads entertaining, or the 38 percent who say the same about internet ads.”

As always, please feel free to contact Rob CollinsMike FerenceJohn Scofield, or Amos Snead or call (202) 600-2938 with any questions. Have a wonderful week!