2Day in #OpenGov 6/26/2013


by Carrie Tian, policy intern


  • Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-Oh.) push for a separate vote on his E-Verify amendment on the immigration bill, which seeks to prevent worker identity fraud, highlights the number of negotiations the Gang of Eight has made privately in an effort to secure as many votes as possible in the Senate this week. (POLITICO)
  • Meanwhile, small business lobbyists are also raising their concerns about provisions in the immigration bill. The National Federation of Independent Business’s concerns center on the creation of a Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research, which would be funded by the fees it collected and thus have relative independence from Congressional oversight. (Washington Post)
  • A group of Austrian students filed legal complaints to various European data protection agencies. The complains could evolve into the first legal case examining the release of non-American data to the US government under EU data protection laws. (Ars Technica)
  • America Rising, a new GOP super PAC, is attempting to fill the Republicans’ current opposition research void. Its counterpart, American Bridge, picked up on damaging soundbites like Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments. (National Journal)
  • In anticipation of House-led inquiry into copyright law, the Motion Picture Association of America is close to adding two two veteran Capitol Hill aides to its lobbying force. (POLITICO)
  • Top Democratic donors gather tomorrow morning for a breakfast to discuss raising money for a super PAC in support of Hillary Clinton. (New York Times)
  • S.1180 – Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act.