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Becker Spotlight: President Biden’s FY2022 Budget Request

President Biden released his $6 trillion budget proposal on May 28th, which calls for massive funding increases to address infrastructure modernization and climate change resiliency. It projects a $1.8 trillion deficit in the first year and at least a trillion-dollar deficit annually for the next decade. As a result of those deficits, the Administration projects […]

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BECKER UPDATE: 2021 Florida Legislative Session, Week #4

HEADLINES Budget. This week, the House and Senate released their respective budget proposals for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Both houses of the legislature prioritized resiliency, flood mitigation, and sea level rise-focused projects this year. The House set aside $29.1M for water projects; the Senate set aside $37.5M. Additionally, the House’s proposal included $100M for land […]

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BECKER UPDATE: 2021 Florida Legislative Session, Week #3

COVID-19. Governor DeSantis announced on Friday that Floridians aged 50 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 22nd, due to the now modest demand for vaccines. The Governor estimates that the state will be on track to open vaccines to all Floridians before May 1st. At this juncture, more than 3 million […]

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BECKER UPDATE: 2021 Florida Legislative Session, Week #2

WASHINGTON, D.C. UPDATES COVID-19 On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill known as the American Rescue Plan. This packaged bill contains a wide range of benefits to help Americans still suffering from the pandemic-related collapse of the economy. The measure includes direct payments of up to $1,400 for […]

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BECKER UPDATE: 2021 Florida Legislative Session, Week #1

OPENING DAY Tuesday, March 2, 2021 marked the opening day for the 2021 Legislative Session for the House and the Senate. Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, and Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed both chambers with a level of hope and optimism as the state is doing its best to function in what is […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: The State of the House of Representatives Moving Forward

  The State of the House of Representatives Moving Forward Nearly a week after Election Day, Democrats across the country were celebrating as the major television networks declared Joe Biden the next President of the United States. That celebration, however, may be short-lived, as both parties prepare for two Senate elections in Georgia on January […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Top 2020 House Races to Watch

  Top 2020 House Races to Watch After two years of unified Republican control of the White House and both chambers of Congress following the 2016 election, Democrats reclaimed a significant majority of the 435 voting seats in the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans held an impressive 59-seat majority after the […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Fall Appropriations Outlook

  Fall Appropriations Outlook With the 2020 Fiscal Year beginning October 1st, Congress has less than three weeks to pass legislation to avoid another government shutdown. While Congressional Leadership from both parties have struck an optimistic chord on avoiding a shutdown, it is almost certain that a Continuing Resolution will be required in order to […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Consumers First Act

  Consumers First Act On Wednesday, the House passed HR 1500, the Consumers First Act, by a 231-191 vote strictly along party lines. The bill is House Democrats most significant effort to date aimed at reversing or mitigating the impact of the substantial changes made by the Trump Administration to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: U.S.- China Trade Dispute

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week in the spotlight: dispute over U.S.-China Trade continues, Chinese trade practices are under scrutiny, and the consequences of tariffs could be widespread. Learn what the impact of these issues means for the U.S.

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