The Supreme Court issues decisions on same-sex marriage and healthcare reform, Senators hold hearings on concept of regulatory budget, and more…
IN THE NEWS
- UPDATED: The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4, in an opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, that the 14th Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriages, and to recognize same-sex marriages licensed and performed out-of-state.
- In a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that individuals who purchase their health insurance on the federal exchange are eligible for tax subsidies—a victory for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but what many have considered a blow to Chevron deference, as the Court did not defer to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in its decision.
- In a hearing to consider whether a regulatory budget should be introduced in the United States, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget heard testimony from professors as well as Canada’s President of the Treasury Board.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the government will issue a plan in the next several days to end a policy of keeping families who immigrated to the United States illegally in detention centers for long periods of time.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued proposed rules to establish a program that would curtail greenhouse gas emissions for new heavy-duty vehicles.
- A Dutch court ordered the government to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent within the next five years, a ruling which climate activists hailed as a victory in their fight against global warming.
- The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the TSCA Modernization Act, a bill that would establish safety standards for currently-unregulated harmful chemicals.