Numerous Republican-led states are preparing to challenge the legality of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for private companies. President Biden last month directed the Labor Department to write rules requiring all businesses with 100 or more employees to vaccinate their workers or have them undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Biden is also requiring all health facilities… Read more »

Senate Democrats this week released their final nine annual government funding bills, including a proposal to boost funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to $13.6 billion, a $1.6 billion increase over current funding levels. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said the increase would allow the IRS to address the tax gap, upgrade… Read more »

President Biden reiterated to House Democrats this week that he wants to secure a vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and have a “public agreement” on the multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation package before he travels to Europe on Oct. 30. Sources told Punchbowl News that Biden wants the topline for the reconciliation package to be… Read more »

Senate Republicans yesterday filibustered Democrats’ attempt to move forward with the Freedom to Vote Act, a more narrowly focused voting rights bill that had the backing of every Senate Democrat. “We’re not deterred, but there’s still a lot of work to do and I think it’s really a sad day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said… Read more »

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) won support last Friday from 136 out of 140 countries on a global tax overhaul to address how “consumer-facing” digital giants like Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter are taxed in countries where they have users. The OECD wants to finalize the agreement soon and implement it by… Read more »

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has scheduled a procedural vote next week on the Freedom to Vote Act, a more narrowly focused voting rights bill that Schumer says has the backing of every Senate Democrat. The legislation is the result of months of negotiations between Schumer, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and seven other Democratic… Read more »

House and Senate Democratic leaders continued this week to hash out how to trim the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package to arrive at a plan in the $2 trillion range that can win unanimous Democratic support. In a letter to her caucus this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) acknowledged that “difficult decisions” must be… Read more »

The House on Tuesday cleared a short-term increase in the nation’s debt limit, ensuring the federal government can continue paying its bills into December and averting a potential default that would likely have had catastrophic fallout on the economy. The $480 billion increase in the country’s borrowing limit passed the Senate last week on a… Read more »

Following a successful, sold-out Summit Awards last week at the National Building Museum, ASAE is sharing the 2021 Summit winner videos with the association community. Steve Anderson, FASAE, CAE, IOM, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and ASAE Board Chair, said the winners “raise the bar in terms of what… Read more »

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is hoping to finalize an agreement this month among140 countries on a global tax overhaul to address how “consumer-facing” digital giants like Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter are taxed in countries where they have users. “I’m quietly optimistic that in time for the G-20 leaders summit at… Read more »