August 1, 2022
Patrick Robertson leads off with his Washington Whispers column, reporting on what’s going to happen in the Senate and the House before they leave town for the August recess, and previewing some of the activity that is anticipated during the balance of the calendar year. Al Jackson also updates us on defense and defense appropriations issues. Ramona Lessen monitored the July 26th hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism on decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level, and we’ve included her report in this edition.
Help wanted signs are really a sign of the times. Unemployment rates are remarkably low, there are as many as 11 million open jobs, and there are only about six million unemployed people. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a report last week entitled Understanding America’s Labor Shortage which will lend insights to the length and breadth of the problem.
We are busy planning our schedule for the balance of the summer and the fall. We’ll share with you an interesting Spotlight interview with Kyle Zebley of the American Telemedicine Association on August 3, and then we will let our staff spend a little time with their families for a few weeks.
Congressman Erik Paulsen is planning a number of very important interviews in the fall for Total Spectrum Spotlight, and we’ll start sending out special announcements on these interviews after Labor Day.
Stay well. Stay cool, and we’ll be back after Labor Day with the next issue of This Week.