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Uncertain times could bring new lobbying strategies

Workarounds include deeper outreach to think tanks, academia and other institutions.

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NDAA provision targets Chinese rail cars and electric buses

Defense bill bars spending federal dollars on vehicles made by state-owned or controlled companies.

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Venn Strategies Advocates Opioid Alternatives

Addiction prevention coalition Voices for Non-Opioid Choices has retained political and public affairs shop Venn Strategies to handle health issues on Capitol Hill.

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Senators to Metro: No more federal funding if you buy Chinese rail cars

Congress would approve 10 more years of critical federal funding for Metro, but only if the transit agency agreed to not buy its next generation of rail cars from China, legislation being proposed by the region’s senators stipulates.

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Securing America’s critical infrastructure

President Trump campaigned on keeping America secure from foreign threats and now he has the opportunity to do just that.

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Could a Chinese-made Metro car spy on us? Many experts say yes.

Congress, the Pentagon and industry experts have taken the warnings seriously, and now Metro will do the same.

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Bipartisanship alive and well, protecting critical infrastructure

Despite increasingly partisan rhetoric on a range of national security issues, this week showed us that bipartisanship is still alive and well when it comes to protecting American rail and other critical infrastructure against underhanded practices by foreign nations with questionable motives.

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The Epoch Times: China Pushing to Control US Rail Industry

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is taking steps to control the U.S. rail industry, leveraging state funding to undercut competitors, force private companies out of business, and then dominate the market.

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Rubber & Plastics News: Polyurethanes Industry to Keep Close Eye on Midterm Elections

The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to see some changes in midterm elections this fall, which could have repercussions for the polyurethanes industry, said Stephanie Silverman, CEO of Venn Strategies L.L.C.

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Washington Examiner: Oil industry stands up against Trump’s tariffs

Energy groups are pressing the Trump administration to weigh the economic harm of imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, while groups focused on transportation say China’s aggressive trade tactics must be a top concern.

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WABE: Manufacturing Lobbyist Warns MARTA About Accepting Chinese Bid

Typically, public transit is a very local issue. Where to put a bus stop, for example, depends on the needs of local residents. But recently, Atlanta’s transit agency got wrapped up in some concerns that are much more global. Erik Olson, a Washington, D.C., lobbyist, came to Atlanta to sound the alarm about the trend he’s seeing in public transit.

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Increasing Patient Access to Non-Opioid Pain Management Therapies

In 2016, of the 115 Americans who died each day from an opioid overdose, nearly half were using prescription opioid medications. Studies have estimated that just a 10% reduction in surgery-related opioid prescribing in the U.S. would result in 300,000 fewer people each year transitioning to long-term use and make 332 million fewer opioid pills available for potential diversion and misuse.

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