Among the flurry of executive orders signed by President Biden last evening on his first day in the White House was a directive ending the U.S. ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries which was put in place by President Trump in January 2017. The so-called Muslim ban, which did eventually include some non-Muslim countries… Read more »

The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a meeting Friday to consider President Joe Biden’s pick for Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, and her confirmation appears likely. The Biden White House is pushing for speedy confirmation of key cabinet members and Yellen is viewed as essential to the immediate goal of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Following Senate… Read more »

President Biden signed an executive order yesterday establishing strict ethics rules for senior administration officials that in many ways go beyond the guidelines for appointees in both the Obama and Trump administrations. The rules, which will apply to roughly 1,200 Senate-confirmed positions in the federal government, are designed to “restore and maintain public trust in… Read more »

Congressional Democrats are still discussing the details of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package and their options for bringing legislation to the floor quickly. While Biden has said he wants to give Republicans a chance to get on board with his first legislative effort as president, several Senate Republicans have recently questioned the need for… Read more »

ASAE’s 2021 Power of A Awards season has officially begun, and the application form is now available. The Power of A Awards are the premier program honoring associations that exemplify how the association industry and professionals are essential to a stronger America and world. The Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary contributions associations make to… Read more »

The Small Business Administration this week began accepting applications for first draw loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but ASAE and other organizations are still waiting for agency guidance that clarifies qualifying conditions for 501(c)(6) organizations. SBA’s only guidance for PPP applicants so far has been to state that the agency will “allow lenders… Read more »

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge from two conservative groups to a California requirement that tax-exempt charities disclose to the state the names and addresses of their top donors. The high court announced last Friday it will hear the appeal of two groups, Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Thomas More Law Center,… Read more »

President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to unveil a new emergency stimulus plan tonight that he said is tailored to invite bipartisan support. The plan is expected to include $2,000 stimulus checks, an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits through September, money for COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution, funding for state and local governments and expansion of… Read more »

On Jan. 5, ASAE sent a letter to Congress asking for guidance regarding the future of in-person constituent meetings in the House and Senate. Addressed to the leadership of the House and Senate Rules and Administration Committees, the letter states, “We understand and wholeheartedly agree that the safety and security of Members of Congress and… Read more »