Visit U.S. Coalition Supports JOLT Act

ASAE and other members of the Visit U.S. Coalition applauded legislation introduced last week to promote international travel to the U.S. and bolster job creation and economic activity. The “Jobs Originating through Launching Travel” (JOLT) Act was introduced by Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Tom Rice (R-SC). The bill includes reforms to U.S. visa laws… Read more »

Coalition Applauds Introduction of Pro-AHP Legislation

Legislation was introduced last week in both the House and Senate to ensure small businesses and self-employed individuals continue to have access to association health plans (AHPs) under the Department of Labor’s AHP rule issued last year. Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bill to prevent thousands of people from losing… Read more »

Ways and Means Hearing to Focus on 2017 Tax Law

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing March 27 on the Republican tax overhaul of 2017. House Democrats have criticized the GOP tax law as disproportionately benefitting corporations and wealthy Americans at the expense of the middle class. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) has pointed to reports that taxpayers… Read more »

ASAE Joins Letter in Support of Equality Act

ASAE joined 43 other trade and professional associations this week in a letter of support for the Equality Act, which would ensure federal protections for LGBTQ individuals. The bill (H.R. 5) was introduced in both the House and Senate on March 13 and would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination… Read more »

Hearing Focuses on IRS Performance

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson gave a grim assessment of the problems facing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during a congressional hearing this week. Unsurprisingly, Olson said the 35-day partial government shutdown that ended in late January “could not have come at a worse time for the IRS.” The agency was already facing significant challenges… Read more »