Biden proposes new rules for gig workers; Senate launches NDAA debate

The Biden administration has released a long-awaited proposal on how it will approach independent contractor status under the federal wage law, its second attempt to overturn a Trump-era norm it says makes workers vulnerable to misclassification.

The proposal, released Tuesday by the US Department of Labor, clarifies when workers should be classified as independent contractors who are in business for themselves, or employees who receive full minimum wage, overtime and other protections. provided for by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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The US Department of Labor office building in Washington, DC

Companies such as Uber and Lyft, as well as construction, trucking and other industries that use independent contractors to staff their fleets were watching the rule closely.

Businesses say their operating costs would skyrocket if they were widely required to reclassify their independent contractors as employees, due to tax and minimum wage, labor, safety and other legal requirements that apply to employees.

The acting head of the DOL’s wage and hour division said Tuesday that the rulemaking is unlikely to result in significant changes to worker classification. Rebecca Rainey has the story.

NDAA kicks off in Senate, includes Taiwan measure

The Senate suspended consideration of the annual defense authorization bill on Tuesday shortly after deliberations began. Sen. Jack Reed (DR.I.), without the presence of his committee partner, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), introduced the Senate version of the defense authorization bill which includes a administrator package of 75 amendments on more than 960 files filed, reports Roxana Tiron.

According to a partial list of amendments published in the filing, the managers’ amendment included the directed implementation of a stronger partnership between the United States and Taiwan, as outlined in the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 (S.4428).

Although the White House says it supports parts of the Taiwanese measure that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved in September, Biden administration officials said the bill risks upsetting America’s carefully calibrated “one China” policy, under which the United States has for more than 40 years forged ties with Beijing by avoiding formally declaring its position on China’s sovereignty. Taiwan.

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Sen. Jack Reed (DR.I.) speaks with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) in March 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Reed said he was confident the Senate would be successful in passing the measure despite potential disagreements between parties and the compressed review timeframe.

“We’re going to do the bill,” Reed told reporters after leaving the Senate floor on Tuesday. “There are always frictions, but we will make sure this bill is completed. We must. This is one of the obligations that the House and the Senate take very, very seriously.

He said he would not predict whether there would be votes on stand-alone amendments or whether the managers package would be in terms of provisions. “Procedurally, it will be complicated because frankly, everything depends on the outcome of the election. I wouldn’t even guess,” Reed said.

It also happens on the Hill

Office of Homeland Security Health Featured as Complement to Defense Bill: The Department of Homeland Security’s fledgling health bureau would gain formal recognition from Congress as part of the latest proposed deal for an annual defense policy bill.

A superseding amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, partially released Tuesday, includes provisions for DHS’s Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and its Office of Health Security. DHS separated the health division from the weapons office in July, seeking a more focused approach to managing health threats in the United States. Ellen M. Gilmer has the story.

Recognition of Tribes on the Senate Calendar: The Lumbee Recognition Act is now on the Senate’s legislative agenda after clearing a procedural hurdle, reports David Hood. The House passed the bill (HR 2758) in November 2021, which would recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The tribe has sought recognition since 1956, when Congress recognized the tribe as Indian but did not offer them the same benefits as other recognized tribes. If the bill passes, it will allow the tribe to receive federal benefits.

Elections, politics and polls

The 12 races to watch in 12 minutes – With an Airhorn

Bloomberg’s Emily Wilkins and Greg Giroux could talk about congressional campaigns all day. But since you probably have other things to do, the latest episode of Downballot Counts features the program’s lightning-fast first round.

Greg and Emily highlight 12 interesting races to watch in 12 minutes on the podcast, with producer David Schultz on the cornet to signal the end of each 60-second block.

Join our webinar on the October 19 elections: Bloomberg Government Election Guru Giroux will provide a high-level update on the midterm elections and answer your questions during our October 19 webinar. register here .

Top Republicans rally for Herschel Walker in struggling Senate bid

United States Republican Senators Rick Scott and Tom Cotton are campaigning alongside the beleaguered Georgia GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate Herschel walker as he tries to reset a campaign beset by drama just weeks before Election Day.

Stacey Abrams fights in Georgia while exerting national influence

A few weeks before the November elections, the Georgian Democrat Stacey Abrams deals with an unusual political issue.

Democrats hit Arizona secretary of state over QAnon ties

Democrats attack Arizona Secretary of State nominee Mark Finchem for ties to QAnon conspiracy theory movement in new TV ad part of unprecedented race spending to oversee state elections .

Source of Trump-Russia dossier on trial over alleged lies to FBI

A Russian analyst who unearthed dubious claims about the former president donald trump and his alleged ties to Russia ahead of the 2016 election will go on trial on Tuesday for lying to the FBI.

About the Administration

Biden officials release $60 billion for bridges and roads across the United States

The Biden administration is doling out nearly $60 billion in spending on roads, bridges and other major projects across the country.

Obamacare will be more affordable for families next month, Biden says

The Treasury Department is finalizing adjustments to the Affordable Care Act “so that the law works as Congress intended and the cost of coverage goes down for families,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.

Biden’s gasoline export ban could backfire on rising pump prices

Dwindling fuel inventories and rising prices at the pump ahead of the November election are prompting the White House to consider a crackdown on fuel exports in the hope that the consolidation of supplies will bring relief to consumers.

US releases outline of request for student debt cancellation

The Biden administration’s student debt forgiveness program isn’t open yet, but borrowers can now preview the simple application that can bring them up to $20,000 in relief.

Foreign Affairs

G-7 leaders pledge to support Ukraine ‘for as long as it takes’

The leaders of the Group of Seven pledged to support Ukraine “as long as it takes”.

Latest news from Ukraine: Pentagon accelerates delivery of air defense systems

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations pledged support for Ukraine and condemned Russia’s escalation of attacks this week, saying targeting innocent civilians is a war crime and pledging to detain the president Vladimir Poutine indebted.

Biden ready to work with Congress on Saudi ties, aide says

Biden is ready to work with Congress to consider what the US-Saudi relationship “should look like in the future”, one of its senior aides said.

The United States will continue to offer assistance for the implementation of the Israel-Lebanon agreement

The United States will continue to offer assistance as a facilitator between Israel and Lebanon as difficulties may arise in the implementation of the recently reached maritime deal, US officials told reporters on Tuesday.

What else to know

  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed two bills into law banning guns in Times Square even as the state law authorizing the restriction remains in legal limbo. Read more.
  • Consumers see a drop in the rate of inflation in the United States modestly over the next year, but are less optimistic over the longer term, according to the latest survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Read more.
  • The new 5G cell towers are well-designed to limit radio wave interference on airliners, according to a US government study that appears to show the technology can soon coexist safely with aviation. Read more.
  • NASA says mission to push distant asteroid of course succeeded, presenting a potential new method to save Earth from dangerous space rocks that astronomers may identify in the future. Read more.

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