House Democrats will hold hearings this year to lay the groundwork for rolling back some of the more contentious provisions in the Republicans’ 2017 tax law. No Democrats voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Trump signed in December 2017, and Democratic leaders have criticized the bill as disproportionately benefitting large corporations… Read more »

House Democrats are still planning to advance their government overhaul package (H.R. 1) this month, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). House Democrats’ agenda has been delayed by the partial government shutdown that lasted 35 days, but Pelosi signaled in a “Dear Colleague” letter this week that she is intent on moving the broad political… Read more »

ASAE and its Government Relations Section Council are hosting a free webinar Feb. 4 on the proliferation of state legislation that challenges voluntary professional credentialing programs run by associations. ASAE and the Professional Certification Coalition have had some success defeating or modifying occupational licensing reform bills in several states, but are still tracking similar bills… Read more »

ASAE sent letters to Capitol Hill this week, welcoming new members of Congress and sharing how associations make America stronger. “In virtually every industry and sector, associations advance workers’ job skills and create new employment opportunities. At the heart of our community are people – researchers, innovators, mentors, communicators – whose expertise and hard work… Read more »

ASAE and other members of the UBIT Coalition continue to meet with congressional offices to seek repeal of a 21 percent tax on so-called fringe benefits – such as free parking or mass transit assistance – that nonprofits provide to employees. Just before the holidays, the House passed a tax package authored by Rep. Kevin… Read more »

During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing this week, association health plans (AHPs) were referenced as an affordable and effective option for covering individuals with pre-existing health conditions. Ways and Means Democrats convened the hearing Jan. 29 to draw attention to efforts by the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers to chip away at the… Read more »

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Power of A Awards, the premier recognition opportunity for associations that undertake initiatives to strengthen America and the world. In 2019, ASAE is celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Power of A and 20 years of the Power of A- Summit Awards Dinner, held in the fall… Read more »

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) canceled today’s scheduled hearing on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the upcoming tax filing season after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined to testify. Ways and Means Democrats are concerned about the IRS’s readiness for tax season given reports that the agency plans to… Read more »

ASAE has joined the increasing chorus of business groups urging Congress and the administration to negotiate an end to the longest government shutdown in history. This week, ASAE joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups in a letter urging the White House and lawmakers to take action immediately to end the political… Read more »

The Senate this afternoon rejected competing Republican and Democratic plans to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 34th day. The Republican plan, put forth by President Trump, would have provided temporary protections for young immigrants currently enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for $5.7 billion for Trump’s… Read more »