Negotiations on a bipartisan budget deal and an infrastructure package stalled this week after President Trump said he will not work with congressional Democrats as long as they pursue investigations into him and his administration. “You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously – it just doesn’t work that way,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “You can’t go down… Read more »

Leaders of the two tax-writing committees of Congress are discussing the possibility of taking up tax extenders after Congress returns from its Memorial Day break. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) has been focused on moving a retirement bill and an IRS overhaul measure but Neal said he talked to Senate Finance… Read more »

The House passed sweeping legislation last Friday to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill, called the Equality Act, passed 236-173 with eight Republicans joining all Democrats in backing the measure. In addition to workplace protections, the bill would prohibit discrimination in… Read more »

The Texas House passed a religious liberty bill this week that will likely be signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The bill was stripped of its most controversial provisions, however, amid protests from ASAE and other business advocates that it would have licensed discrimination against the LGBTQ community. The version of Senate Bill 1978 that… Read more »

ASAE is very concerned that Pennsylvania House Bill (HB) 811 could inappropriately interfere with the right of many private credentialing organizations to adopt and enforce their own ethics codes and procedures. To write to the bill sponsor or the chair of the committee of jurisdiction, please find contact information below. For sample language view ASAE’s letter to… Read more »

Sponsored by:  ASAE Business Solutions and The Coalition to Protect and Promote AHPs June 12th – 9 am to 2:30 pm  ASAE Conference Center – ground floor at 1575 I Street, NW  Washington, DC RSVP to cvest@asaecenter.org For supporters of “association health plans” (AHPs), it has been a year-and-a-half rollercoaster.  It all started with excitement… Read more »

President Trump this week signaled he could be open to a deal with Democrats to raise the budget caps that will cause strict spending cuts in the fall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) met with Trump Tuesday and laid out a plan to navigate several fiscal deadlines looming this fall, including raising the debt… Read more »

ASAE joined 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) is set to get a vote in the House this week and would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination in… Read more »

ASAE is concerned that a bill introduced in the Pennsylvania House poses a threat to private certification. In its current form, House Bill 811 could inappropriately interfere with the right of many private credentialing organizations to adopt and enforce their own ethics codes and procedures. ASAE is also concerned that, depending on the reading of… Read more »

Over opposition from Democrats, the Texas Senate yesterday advanced a watered-down religious liberty bill that – in its original form – was viewed as discriminatory against the LGBTQ community. The proposal (S. 1978) will now return to the Texas House where the LGBTQ Caucus killed a very similar proposal on a procedural maneuver last week…. Read more »