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This Econ Focus department explores recent legislative and regulatory issues.

Econ Focus, First/Second Quarter 2024

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in two cases that could overturn a long-standing precedent for how agencies should implement laws passed by Congress.

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2023

Leaders within the Senate have arrived at a bipartisan proposal, known as the Recovering Executive Compensation Obtained from Unaccountable Practices (RECOUP) Act, that would claw back compensation from some executives of failed banks.

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2023

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been a source of debate since its creation in 2010. A case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court challenges the constitutionality of its funding structure.

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2023

The recent bank failures at Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and First Republic Bank have brought banking policy back into the forefront of the national policy debate.

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2023

Public companies, including banks, are being pressured by activists and some investors to disclose more information about the real-world effects of their activities — an effort known as the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) movement.

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2022

In August, President Biden signed into law a spending, revenue, and deficit reduction bill titled the Inflation Reduction Act. This bill intends to control inflation and reduce the country's deficit, but critics argue the consequences could outweigh the benefits.

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2022

Given the critical role that Reserve Bank presidents play in formulating monetary policy, the Federal Reserve has taken steps to ensure that the presidential selection process is transparent, fair, and inclusive.

Chris Murphy

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2022

Learning loss has the potential to set students back for years to come, affecting not only their development, but also the economy.

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2022

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will bring billions of dollars to Fifth District states and communities, including small towns and rural areas.

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2021

The Paycheck Protection Program was intended to help business owners sustain their employees' wages during the pandemic.

Econ Focus, Second/Third Quarter 2021

Congress passed the largest-ever program of support for American child care in the American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021, distributing $39 billion to the child care industry.

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2019

Luna Shen

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2017

Policy Update

Helen Fessenden

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2016

Eric LaRose

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2015

Policy Update

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2015

Policy Update

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2015

Policy Update

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2015

Policy Update

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2014

Policy Update

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2014

Policy Update

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2014

Policy Update

Index displays content through 2014. Earlier articles dating back to 2003 are available on our website in PDF form only.