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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 15

Congress Revamps Agenda The House returns to Washington with an entirely new agenda this week in response to Iran’s missile attack on Israel over the weekend. Instead of taking up legislation regarding appliance efficiency standards, lawmakers will shift to a series of financial-themed bills targeting Iran, including prohibitions of certain financial transactions, sanctions of foreign […]

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“Becker Adds Tim Scott’s Chief of Staff as Gov’t Consultant” — Law 360

Becker’s newest Senior Government Relations Consultant, Neri Martinez, recently told Law360 she chose to join Becker, in large part, because of the firm’s reputation of being a trusted source and having transparent leadership. Martinez said, “[Becker’s] corporate culture really inspires loyalty and nurtures growth, and that’s the kind of place where I like to be.” […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 8

Congress Returns The House and Senate return to Washington for the first time in two weeks following lawmakers’ Spring recess. Members left just before passing a full FY24 appropriations package, thus closing out a drawn-out government funding battle to avert a shutdown through the end of September. Senators are set to consider judicial nominations this […]

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Becker Expands Federal Lobbying Practice with Neri Martinez in Washington, D.C.

April 8, 2024 – Washington, D.C. — Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals throughout the U.S., is pleased to announce that Neri Martinez has joined the firm as a Senior Government Relations Consultant in the firm’s federal lobbying practice in Washington, D.C. Ms. Martinez most recently served as Chief of Staff […]

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Becker Named Top-Performing Lobbying Firm by Bloomberg Government for Fifth Year

Federal lobbying spending topped $4 billion in 2023 and Becker is proud to announce that once again the firm has been named to Bloomberg Government’s list of Top-Performing Lobbying Firms. Out of the registered lobbying firms that filed Lobbying Disclosure Act reports with the Senate during 2023, Bloomberg Government reviewed the firms that reported revenues […]

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Becker Welcomes Donald P. Dufresne as Shareholder in Real Estate and Government Law & Lobbying Practice Areas

April 1, 2024 – West Palm Beach, FL – Becker, a leading multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals throughout the United States, is pleased to welcome Donald P. Dufresne as a shareholder in the firm’s Real Estate and Government Law & Lobbying Practice areas. He will be based in the West Palm […]

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Becker Celebrates Women’s History Month: Meet Amanda Wood

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Becker is showcasing the inspiration, philosophies, and expertise of the women attorneys and lobbyists who help elevate our firm and client service. Amanda Wood is a Senior Federal Advocacy Director in our Washington, DC office. She spends her days in our nation’s capital representing municipal, corporate, and nonprofit clients […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 18

Another Shutdown Showdown Lawmakers return to Washington this week ahead of another potential government shutdown on Friday for roughly three-quarters of the federal government. The deadline is the second out of the two-tiered government funding stopgap Congress passed in recent weeks, splitting funding deadlines into two dates for different portions of the federal government. Congress […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 9

Becker’s End of Session Spotlight Welcome to Becker’s End of Session Spotlight! As your trusted lobbyists we are proud to provide you with the latest developments in politics and policy in Tallahassee. As the 2024 Legislative Session comes to a close, here is what happened in Tallahassee during Week 9 (March 4 – March 8). Headliners […]

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Becker Celebrates Women’s History Month: Meet LaToya Sheals

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Becker is showcasing the inspiration, philosophies, and expertise of the women attorneys and lobbyists who help elevate our firm and client service. LaToya Sheals is a Senior Government Relations Consultant in Becker’s Government and Lobbying Practice. She has extensive experience in investigating and analyzing legislation and developing public policy […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 11

Government Still Open The House and Senate return to a fully-open Washington, D.C. after lawmakers passed a final appropriations bill fully funding departments set to shut down last Friday – including the Departments of Transportation, Justice, and Commerce – thus ending a drawn-out appropriations process that kicked off this time last year. Members have one […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 8, February 26 – March 1, 2024

50th Day Rule and Budget Conferences Tuesday, February 26, marked the 50th day of the 2024 Legislative Session.  With 1,954 bills filed, 30 bills have passed and are awaiting presentation to the Governor.  Currently, two bills have been presented to the Governor and six total bills have been signed into law.  Tuesday, February 26, also […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 4

Shutdown Averted(?) Lawmakers from both Chambers return to Washington this week after passing another extension of short-term “laddered” government funding to March 8th and 22nd, all before reaching a final agreement on FY24 appropriations for those bills falling under the new March 8th deadline. Over the weekend, Members released the text of a partial appropriations […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 26

Shutdown Showdown House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington this week, cutting short their President’s Day recess in an attempt to pass a full appropriations bill ahead of a partial government shutdown this Friday (and a full shutdown next Friday).  The leadership of both parties will meet with President Joe Biden this week at the […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 7, February 19 – February 23, 2024

“Where Are We in the Process?” As the legislative session approaches its conclusion, it’s a critical time for many bills that are still in the pipeline. The 50th Day, a significant milestone in the legislative calendar, is on Tuesday, February 27th. This day marks a period when the focus sharpens on advancing bills through the […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 6, February 12 – February 16, 2024

40-Day Count Down We have now completed 40 days of the 60-day 2024 Legislative Session. The focus is now shifting to bills being heard on the floor as opposed to committee meetings. For those bills that have been assigned to committees but have not been heard, the likelihood of them passing this session is minimal. […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 5, February 5 – February 9, 2024

Halfway Mark The legislative session reached its “halfway” mark, Day 30, on Wednesday, February 7th.  Legislators are now heading into the second half of the 2024 session with both chambers having passed only 12 bills thus far.  Many of those bills are technical statutory revision bills required each year to make updates and delete provisions […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 12

Congress Back in Town The House and Senate return to Washington this week with a packed legislative agenda before leaving town for their Presidents Day week-long recess. The majority of House bills set for the week will be taken up on expedited procedures and deal with international issues, including human rights abuses in China, Indo-Pacific […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 4, January 29 – February 2, 2024

Budget HB 5001- General Appropriations Act by House Appropriations Committee and Chair Leek SB 2500- Appropriations by Senate Appropriations Committee The budgets proposed by the House and Senate were heard in the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, January 31. Lawmakers discussed the spending plan for the upcoming year with the House proposing a spending package of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 5

Congress Debates the Border Lawmakers from both Chambers return to Washington this week after Senate negotiators released the text of a long-awaited national security proposal over the weekend providing $118.3 billion in both aid to Ukraine and changes in immigration policy. The proposal would provide $60 million for Ukraine as well as make several changes […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 3, January 22 – January 26, 2024

Healthcare SB 248 – Medical Negligence by Senator Yarborough SB 248 by Senator Yarborough proposes changes to the Florida Wrongful Death Act. The act currently allows families to seek compensation for non-economic damages if the Department of Health (DOH) or the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) concludes that a facility or practitioner violated the […]

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Becker Named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Companies to Work For” List

January 30, 2024 – Becker is proud to announce its inclusion in the inaugural list of The Best Companies to Work for Among U.S. Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report. The award reflects Becker’s commitment to employee well-being and job satisfaction across various critical factors. Guided by a panel of experts, U.S. News […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 29

Congress Back in Town Both Chambers of Congress are back in town after the House’s recess last week. Lawmakers continue to negotiate a bipartisan tax proposal and an ongoing Senate-led immigration reform package – both of which the White House has announced its support for. However, the timing for when either item will get to […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 2, January 16 – January 19, 2024

Healthcare “Live Healthy” SB 7016 – Health Care by Health Policy by Senator Burton SB 7018 – Health Care Innovation by Health Policy by Senator Harrell SB 7016 and SB 7018, collectively known as “Live Healthy and a top priority of Senate President Kathleen Passidomo unanimously passed the Senate floor on Thursday, January 18th. The initiative […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 22

Shutdown Delayed Lawmakers voted last week to pass another stopgap funding measure to keep the government open on a “laddered” structure through March 1st and 8th (up from January 19th and February 2nd). The move will give Members more time to negotiate a full funding deal for the prior fiscal year. Meanwhile, the House is […]

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