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Washington Weekly Update 11-27-23

Situational Awareness
The House and Senate are in session this week. The House will consider legislation that would block the transfer of $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets that were part of a U.S.-facilitated prisoner exchange and prohibit the use of federal funds to provide housing to migrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Additionally, the House could bring forward legislation that would prohibit individuals convicted of defrauding pandemic small business aid programs from receiving Small Business Administration loans. The Senate will begin negotiations on a highly anticipated national security supplemental package that would include new assistance to Ukraine and Israel as well as border security and asylum reform provisions.

House Education and Workforce Hearing on DOL Overtime Rule

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing to examine the Department of Labor (DOL)’s proposed overtime rule that would raise the existing threshold and significantly increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. In a press release announcing the hearing, Subcommittee Chair Kevin Kiley (R-Calif.) highlighted the importance of sharing industry reactions to the rule and explain how raising the overtime threshold will hinder employers’ ability to innovate and expand. Witnesses include workforce management and employment lawyers, the CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the president of a conservative think tank. NCA previously offered members background and the opportunity to share their thoughts on the matter, and filed comments with the DOL 

NOAA Boat Speed Limit Rule Faces Delay

A final rule from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that would direct vessels between 35 and 65 feet to comply with a seasonal speed restriction of up to 10 knots will be delayed until 2024, according to public remarks by NOAA officials. The rule would apply to designated areas along the Atlantic coast with prevalent populations of North Atlantic right whales. In June, the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries held a hearing to examine the proposed rule, which included testimony from the president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, who expressed concern over risks to vessels within U.S. waterways if the rule was finalized. 

New Webcasts: Fact-Based Member Vetting (12/7) & Turf Wars (12/14)
Join NCA for a duo of critical webcasts that can help advance your club. On Thursday, December 7 at 2pm ET., learn new best practices on member vetting that may have far-reaching implications on your club’s success. Register here.

On Thursday, December 14 at 2pm ET., learn how to effectively navigate the complex relationship between general managers, golf professionals and golf course superintendents. This discussion will help bridge the gap between these key club decision-makers. Register here.

NCA webcasts are free for members and $99 for nonmembers.