Congressional Republicans held leadership elections this week, with both chambers choosing to stay the course for the most part. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will keep his post next year, while Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) won the job of incoming minority leader in the House. GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) retained his leadership post… Read more »

The early returns on association health plans (AHPs) – expanded by the Trump administration earlier this year to give small businesses and self-employed workers more options for coverage – are encouraging, according to recent reports. Most of the early AHPs that have formed or expanded since the Department of Labor’s June rule cover pre-existing conditions… Read more »

Before House Republicans slip into the minority next year, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) is preparing legislation to fix the “retail glitch” and other errors in last year’s tax law, along with a tax extenders package. “We are prepared and ready if there is an appetite to move some of these… Read more »

Congress has returned to work this week needing to agree on seven fiscal 2019 spending bills to prevent a partial shutdown from beginning on Dec. 7. After last week’s midterm elections, the political dynamic has changed with Democrats gaining at least 32 seats to retake the House, with several races still undecided. Reaching common ground… Read more »

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s temporary order preventing the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump last year ordered an end to DACA, the Obama-era program that protects more than 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Earlier today, the 9th Circuit Court of… Read more »

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which are designed to restrict Internet service providers’ ability to block or create paid “fast lanes” for web content. The appeal from various Internet service providers and the Trump administration had asked… Read more »

The DC Council is considering legislation that would prohibit fully-insured “large group” association health plans (AHPs) from operating in the nation’s capital. The bill, titled the “Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act of 2018,” is largely in response to new rules from the Department of Labor that expand association health plans and short-term health plans as… Read more »

After Democrats won the House in Tuesday’s elections, House Ways and Means Democrats are preparing for a series of hearings on the 2017 tax law early next year. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), likely to be the next chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, wants changes to the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)… Read more »

ASAE will host a program Nov. 8 from 3 PM-5 PM to review the midterm election results and assess the impact on associations’ legislative agendas in 2019 and beyond. The midterm election review program, supported by ASAE’s Power of A program and the Government Relations Section Council, is part of ASAE’s Government Relations Symposium Series…. Read more »

The U.K. announced earlier this week it will implement a new digital services tax aimed at big technology companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The U.K. tax will only be aimed at large tech firms that generate global revenue of at least 500 million pounds per year and won’t take effect until 2020, according to… Read more »