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PHAMECEUTICALS. Virpax Pharmaceuticals, based in Pennsylvania, recently hired Forbes Tate Partners to work on issues related to non-opioid pain management, according to disclosures. Jeff Sadosky, former communications director to Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate panel advances bill to protect government devices against cyber threats Senate panel advances bill to protect government devices against cyber threats House passes bill to establish DHS cyber 'first responder' teams MORE (R-Ohio), and Ryan Welch, former legislative director for Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyHouse Democrats close to finalizing border aid bill House Democrats close to finalizing border aid bill Congressional leaders, White House officials fail to reach budget deal MORE (R-Ala.), will work on the account.

 

TECHNOLOGY. Microsoft hired Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures to work on privacy, appropriations, technology policy, cybersecurity, defense and high-skilled immigration issues. Former Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and Robert Hobart, former deputy chief of staff to ex-Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), will work on the account.

 

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CANNABIS. The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce hired McGuireWoods Consulting to work on cannabis reform. Robert Wasinger, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.); Michael Drobac, former legislative director to ex-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.); and Randal Meyer, former legislative counsel to Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal Senate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal Overnight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran MORE (R-Ky.), will work on the account.

 

TRAVEL. Travel company Horse Tours & Travel S.A.E. hired Dentons US to work on U.S. policies regarding Egypt. Charles Dorkey will work on the account.

 

MANUFACTURING. Mobile Barriers, a manufacturer based in Colorado, hired Squire Patton Boggs for work with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to explore potential uses and interest in mobile barriers. Carolina Mederos, a former Department of Transportation aide, will work on the account.