That's a Wrap:  A Legislative Review

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Dec 13, 2016 8:30:00 AM

The 114th Congress (2015-2016) made its final push to pass legislation and wrapped up its work on Saturday. During each Congress, some 10,000 bills are introduced in the House and Senate, but only a select few (typically less than 5%) make it all the way through the process and are signed into law. Over the last two years, TECHPol has been following a number of federal legislative initiatives being considered in the House and Senate that affect small business and technology policy. As the 114th Congress comes to an end, we thought we should close the loop and report on the few destined to become law. 

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Topics: taxes, trade, federal policy, technology

ICYMI: This Summer’s Top 5 Small Business Policy Debates

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Aug 11, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Last week, Congress adjourned for its summer break – they will return to Washington after Labor Day.   A look at their work this summer reveals some important debates that may have a significant impact on small businesses.

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Topics: labor, small business, taxes, patents, trade

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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