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DEFENSE

Defense manufacturing company Sig Sauer Inc. hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to work on defense and homeland security issues specific to the National Defense Authorization Act and defense appropriations. Ryan Thompson, former chief of staff to Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Biden participates in NATO summit | White House backs 2002 AUMF repeal | Top general says no plans for airstrikes to help Afghan forces after withdrawal Top Republican proposes leaving 1,000 US troops in Afghanistan into next year The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden floats infrastructure, tax concessions to GOP MORE (R-Okla.), and former Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Bottom line Bottom line MORE (R-Fla.) will work on the account.

HEALTH CARE

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StemExpress LLC hired Avenue Solutions to work on issues related to diagnostic testing and COVID-19. Tracy Spicer, former deputy chief of staff to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), will work on the account.

Pathfinder International, a global health firm, hired Husch Blackwell Strategies to monitor the state and foreign operations appropriations bills regarding funding for improved health for women and youth. John Ariale, former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Ander CrenshawAlexander (Ander) Mann CrenshawBottom line Bottom Line The global reality behind 'local' problems MORE (R-Fla.), will work on the account.

TRAVEL

Hill East Group LLC, on behalf of Idemia Identity & Security USA LLC, hired Atlas Crossing to work on issues related to Transportation Security Administration pre-check enrollment for air travel. Sean Joyce, former chief of staff to Rep. Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryHouse fails to pass bill to promote credit fairness for LGTBQ-owned businesses McCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs On The Money: House panel spars over GameStop, Robinhood | Manchin meets with advocates for wage | Yellen says go big, GOP says hold off MORE (R-N.C.), will work on the account.

Hill East Group LLC, on behalf of the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, also hired Atlas Crossing to work on transportation and airport development issues. Joyce will work on the account.

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VETERANS

Podimetrics Inc., a care management company that produces medical devices to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers, hired Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas to work on patient access within the Veterans Health Administration, a branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bruce Mehlman, former general counsel and policy director for the House Republican Conference, and David Castagnetti, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusCryptocurrency industry lobbies Washington for 'regulatory clarity' Bottom line Bottom line MORE (D-Mont.), will be among those working on the account.

CIVIL RIGHTS 

The Brennan Center for Justice, a bipartisan law and public policy institute, hired Crossroads Strategies to work on matters related to civil rights, civil liberties, election integrity, election security and government issues, including H.R.1, the For the People Act of 2019. Rontel Batie, former legislative assistant to ex-Rep. Corrine BrownCorrine BrownBottom line Former Florida rep sentenced to five years in prison for fraud, tax evasion Genuine veteran charities face a challenge beating the fakes MORE (D-Fla.), will work on the account.