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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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The Washington Times: 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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THE HILL: Lobbying World

The public affairs and lobbying firm Venn Strategies added three to its team: Tyler Roberts, a former adviser to Sen.

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POLITICO INFLUENCE: Venn Strategies Adds Four

Tyler Roberts, a legislative assistant to Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), is joining Venn Strategies.

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ROLL CALL: Heard on the Hill

Michelle Seger, legislative counsel for Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., has been named senior associate at the public affairs and government relations firm, Venn Strategies, LLC. The firm has also hired JoHannah Torkelson as vice president. Torkelson works for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

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NATIONAL JOURNAL: Carousel: Bipartisan Pair Joins Venn Strategies

JoHannah Torkelson, Michelle Seger join Venn Strategies

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Venn Health Team Adds Bipartisan Talent

Venn Strategies, LLC, a leading national public affairs and government relations firm, announced several key hires today, including incoming Vice President JoHannah Torkelson and new Senior Associate Michelle Seger.

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