Senate Takes First Steps Toward ACA Repeal

Senate Republicans yesterday ushered through a budget resolution that instructs House and Senate committees to draft legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act by Jan. 27. Senate Democrats staged a late-night protest of the move, forcing a “vote-a-rama” on sensitive issues such as protecting mental health services and womens’ access to health care. READ MORE

ASAE Joins CVBs in Opposing Texas SB 6

ASAE is part of a coalition of like-minded organizations that met with key members of the Texas legislature this week to voice their opposition to Senate Bill 6, a bill that would deny public accommodations to members of the LGBTQ community. SB 6 is a top legislative priority of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and is similar to a controversial law in North Carolina that has drawn widespread opposition from businesses, sports leagues and entertainers and contributed to the state’s Republican governor Pat McCrory losing his reelection bid last fall. READ MORE

Trump Advisers Talk Tax Reform With Ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) huddled with advisers to President-elect Donald Trump this week to walk them through the GOP plan to overhaul the tax code. House leaders have said they want to put out a comprehensive tax reform package in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. READ MORE

Taxpayer Advocate Calls for IRS Reform

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson released a report to Congress this week recommending that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) shift its focus from enforcement to servicing the needs of taxpayers. Olson said the IRS has viewed itself for years as primarily an enforcement agency, and currently allocates 43 percent of its budget to enforcing the tax code while only spending six percent on taxpayer outreach and education. READ MORE