The U.S. on Wednesday ended a four-month ban on laptops and other large electronic devices in the cabins of U.S.-bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and Northern Africa. The ban was initiated in March after U.S. officials cited intelligence that terrorists were potentially working on concealing explosives in laptops and other larger… Read more »

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to enforce its temporary refugee ban, but said it must allow broader exemptions to the travel ban order for extended family members such as grandparents, aunts and uncles. This week’s order is a follow-up to a decision by the Supreme Court in June to allow the… Read more »

ASAE joined the U.S. Travel Association and other travel and tourism stakeholders in urging the White House this week to reconsider eliminating a State Department policy that ensures that 80 percent of visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of submitting a visa application. The joint letter to the administration expresses the concern of ASAE… Read more »

The Senate plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fell apart earlier this week, with Senate leaders unable to corral enough votes from conservative and moderate Republicans to advance their bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – who spent weeks trying to satisfy disparate voices in his own party to achieve a… Read more »

House Republicans unveiled a 2018 budget plan on Wednesday night that provides a path forward on tax reform but also includes more than $200 billion in spending cuts that could lead to further GOP infighting. Under the House plan, defense spending would steadily increase over 10 years while all non-defense discretionary spending would decline, as would… Read more »