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Fact of the Week: TechCrunch reports, “The final figures for Black Friday online sales are in, and it’s another record-breaking day for e-commerce in the U.S. Adobe says that shoppers spent $5.03 billion online,” with an increasing number of purchases made on mobile. “Purchases made on mobile devices have so far totaled a record 36.9 percent of all sales, and 54.3 percent of all site visits. This works out to just under $2 billion in sales. Smartphones accounted for 44.6% of visits and 26.0% of revenue.” In other Black Friday news, Jeff Bezos surpassed the $100-billion net worth mark.

In the Media: AdWeek reports on research from Nielsen that gives advertisers good news despite our decreasing attention spans on mobile. The research finds, “38 percent of brand recall, 23 percent of brand awareness and 25 percent of purchase intent is driven by video impressions shorter than two seconds, so decreasing attention spans aren’t necessarily a bad thing.”

Note from S-3: S-3 Public Affairs recently announced the addition of Capitol Hill veteran Matt Bravo, who most recently served as Floor Director to House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). He will start work with the firm in 2018. Welcome to the team! 

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In the Administration: President Trump heads to the hill on Tuesday to address the Senate Republican Policy Committee’s during its weekly lunch ahead of expected floor action on the Senate tax bill. The president is also expected to meet with Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, and Minority Leaders Pelosi and Schumer later that day.

On the Hill: Congress returns this week with a busy year-end agenda, including continued progress on tax reform and an upcoming December 8 government funding deadline. Also this week, the House will vote on an anti-sexual harassment training resolution on Wednesday.

  • Monday (November 27): Senate roll call vote on the confirmation of Dabney Langhorne Freidrich, of California, to be District Judge for the District of Columbia;
  • Tuesday (November 28): Senate Banking Committee hearing on the nomination of Jerome Powell to be chairman of the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors and executive session to vote on the nominations of three Department of Housing and Urban Development assistant secretaries; Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nominations of Christopher Ford (to be assistant secretary of State for international security and non-proliferation) and Yleem Poblete (to be assistant secretary of State for verification and compliance); Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the nominations of Kenneth E. Allen, A.D. Frazier, Jeffrey Smith, and James R. Thompson III to be members of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority; Senate HELP Committee hearing on proposals to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of Higher Education Act reauthorization; Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on modernizing anti-money laundering laws; House Rules Committee hearing on the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act; House Oversight and Government Reform Committee field hearing on combating the opioid crisis; House Homeland Security Subcommittee field hearing on stakeholder perspectives for securing public areas of transportation systemsCNN Town Hall Debate on taxes with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tim Scott (R-SC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT);
  • Wednesday (November 29): Senate HELP Committee hearing on the nomination of Alex Azar to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee business meeting to consider the nominations of Kathleen Hartnett White (to be a member of the Council on Environmental Quality) and Andrew Wheeler (to be deputy administrator of the EPA) and 19 General Services Administration resolutions; Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the nomination of Barry Myers to be undersecretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere; Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearingJoint Economic Committee hearing on the economic outlook, with testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; House Rules Committee hearing on the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act; House Appropriations Subcommittee hearings on USDA’s role in disaster recovery and supplemental oversight hearings for the U.S. Forest ServiceU.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Small Business Administration and General Services AdministrationHouse Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on how companies’ decisions about data and content impact consumers and subcommittee hearing on the role of financial trading in the electricity markets; House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing on modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act; House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearings on the latest developments in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and a global update on Alzheimer’s diseaseHouse Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee joint hearing on the regulatory reform task forces; House Science, Space & Technology Subcommittee hearing on the role of states in the future of the WOTUS rule; House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on the role of Ginnie Mae in the housing finance system and joint subcommittee hearing on legislative proposals to counter terrorism and illicit finance; House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on emerging uses of unmanned aircraft systems in national airspace; House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee hearing on the VA’s failure to address provider quality and safety concerns; House Education and Workforce Subcommittee hearing on the impact of financial challenges facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation;
  • Thursday (November 30): Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nominations of M. Lee McClenny (to be ambassador to Paraguay), Carlos Trujillo (to be permanent representative to the Organization of American States), Kenneth J. Braithwaite (to be ambassador to Norway), and Brock Bierman (to be assistant administrator of USAID); Senate HELP Committee hearing on perspectives from states, communities and providers on the opioid crisis; Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on recommendations for a future national defense strategy with testimony from outside experts; House Appropriations Subcommittee supplemental oversight hearings for the Interior Department and FEMA, and disaster relief for the Transportation Department and Federal Highway AdministrationHouse Intelligence Committee hearing on the Russia inquiry, with testimony from Erik Prince; House Homeland Security Committee hearing on keeping America secure in the new age of terror; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings on implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, with testimony from NIH Director Francis Collins and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, identity verification in a post-breach world, and developments in combating online sex traffickingHouse Financial Services Subcommittee hearings on implementation and cybersecurity protocols of the Consolidated Audit Trail and the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions programsHouse Natural Resources Subcommittee legislative hearings on the Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs Water Project Streamlining Act and geothermal exploration and 3 other billsHouse Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the role and impact of nationwide injunctions by district courts;
  • Friday (December 1): House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on community block grants and disaster recovery for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As always, please feel free to contact Rob CollinsMike FerenceJohn Scofield, or Amos Snead or call (202) 600-2938 with any questions. Have a wonderful week!

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Fact of the Week: CNN shares the story of how Square technology has helped small, struggling cities, recover. Webster City, Iowa – population 8,000 – is home to more than 40 businesses that use Square. The idea is “to cater to travelers passing through town often without cash. (Webster City is right off I-35, making it a pit stop on the way to Des Moines).” CNN adds, “About 2 million businesses nationwide use Square. The company continues to innovate with new products. It recently announced its first standalone cash register with its software and payments technology built inside. Square stock is up 175% this year, compared with 2016.”

Recode adds to Square’s success story, “Since its IPO, Square’s valuation has grown about four times to nearly $17 billion today.”

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In the Media: The Wall Street Journal reports, “Major online news publishers and technology companies have agreed to adopt a set of transparency standards set forth by industry consortium The Trust Project, in an attempt to help readers better assess the quality and reliability of the journalism they find on the web. A set of eight new “trust indicators” will enable publishers to volunteer key information about their journalism, including who it was written by, why it was written, how it was sourced and reported, and whether it’s news, opinion or sponsored content. Companies including The Economist, The Globe and Mail, the Independent Journal Review, Mic, Trinity Mirror and the Washington Post have agreed to implement the indicators this month, with other members of the 75-strong consortium expected to follow in the next six months.”

In the Administration: The President will host the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. He will then head to Florida to celebrate Thanksgiving.

 On the Hill: The House and Senate are out this week for Thanksgiving. 

  • Monday: Senate Finance Subcommittee field hearing on NAFTA modernization;
  • Tuesday: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee field hearing on the state of VA services in Ohio;
  •  Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!
  •  Friday: Black Friday | BONUS Fact: New Morning Consult polling finds, “Fifty-eight percent of young adults said they prefer shopping on Black Friday, the traditionally in-store shopping holiday, while 42 percent said they favor Cyber Monday, which is usually tied to online shopping for the holidays. … Adults 45 and older prefer Monday’s online shopping experience during the holiday season, the poll showed.”

As always, please feel free to contact Rob CollinsMike FerenceJohn Scofield, or Amos Snead or call (202) 600-2938 with any questions. Have a wonderful week!

Washington, DC – S-3 Public Affairs today announced the addition of Capitol Hill veteran Matt Bravo, who most recently served as Floor Director to House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). He will start work with the firm in 2018.

“Matt Bravo has been a critical part of our Whip Office team from the start, and as floor director he has helped bring about many hard-earned legislative victories to the benefit of the American people. In more than a decade working on Capitol Hill, Matt has developed strong relationships with members of Congress and staff on both sides of the aisle, and while his counsel and friendship will be missed, I know Matt’s experience and expertise will serve him well in the next phase of his career,” said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

The S-3 team was again recognized in The Hill’s Top Lobbyist list for our deep reach throughout Congress and Washington, DC. Learn more about our growing team here.

The Hill
Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns
November 2, 2017
Rob Collins and Mike Ference, S-3 Group

“With close ties to House and Senate leadership, S-3 is well-positioned to help blue-chip clients in the biggest policy battles.”