More than 10 million Americans lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits in March, according to the latest Labor Department numbers. More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment last week as much of the nation was put on shelter-in-place orders and non-essential businesses closed their doors. Predictably, job losses are soaring in restaurants,… Read more »

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced the formation of a bipartisan select committee to oversee the multitrillion-dollar federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress has passed three emergency coronavirus relief bills so far this year, including the $2.2 trillion CARES Act last week, the largest aid package in U.S. history. A fourth bill is on… Read more »

House Democrats want to move quickly on a fourth coronavirus relief package, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said yesterday that talk of another bill is “premature.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said earlier in the week she wants to see more protections for frontline health workers and is open to substantial investments in… Read more »

ASAE and nearly 3,000 associations across the country today called on Congress to provide additional aid for trade and professional associations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Congress passed the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion bill that provides extraordinary relief for individuals, small businesses, corporations, hospitals, state and local governments and 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups,… Read more »

The Trump administration said this week it will push back the Oct. 1 deadline for Americans to have a Real ID to board domestic flights. At a White House briefing Monday, President Trump said the COVID-19 crisis has forced many states to reduce or completely shut down motor vehicle services as part of their response… Read more »

The House Financial Services Committee this week called for the passage of a Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) to provide a federal backstop for prospective insurance claims related to a pandemic or epidemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has created awareness of the need for pandemic insurance for businesses, such as when an association meeting, conference or… Read more »

The $2.2 trillion emergency relief bill unanimously approved by the Senate late last night now moves to the House where passage on a voice vote is scheduled for Friday. The sprawling 880-page bill, which is the biggest economic rescue package in U.S. history, includes direct checks to more than 150 million U.S. households and sets… Read more »

ASAE said today that the massive $2.2 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package that passed the Senate late last night lacks adequate aid for revenue-stricken associations. ASAE and its members flooded Capitol Hill with requests for association-specific relief in the emergency bill that was negotiated this week. Specifically, ASAE asked Congress for $25 billion in aid… Read more »

ASAE’s AMC Professionals Advisory Council and Government Relations and Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council are conducting a webinar March 26 at 12 p.m. EST on how associations can work with association management companies (AMCs) to achieve their government relations and advocacy goals on Capitol Hill and in state capitals around the country. Leveraging best practices and… Read more »