The Supreme Court today declined to impose limits on partisan gerrymandering, a decision that could embolden lawmakers from both parties intent on redrawing congressional maps for political advantage. The 5-4 decision was written by Chief Justice John Roberts who, along with the court’s other conservatives, concluded the courts have no role in policing whether partisan… Read more »

Negotiations over a tax package that passed the House Ways and Means Committee last week are likely to draw out over the summer as lawmakers debate whether and how to offset the cost of various provisions. The Ways and Means Committee last week advanced four tax bills, including a measure to repeal the 21 percent… Read more »

Donations to charities dropped by 1.7 percent last year after inflation, according to a report released this week by Giving USA. While corporate and foundation donations increased overall, giving by individuals dropped 3.4 percent last year. The overall decrease is the first drop in charitable giving in the U.S. since the Great Recession, the report… Read more »

With no long-term budget agreement in sight, Trump administration officials this week pitched a short-term deal to keep government funding levels in place and extend the government’s borrowing authority for one year. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House will not allow another government shutdown so a deal must be reached to fund the… Read more »

ASAE and The Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans (AHPs) filed an amicus brief June 7 with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of the Department of Labor’s final AHP rule. The Trump administration is appealing a federal district court decision earlier this year that invalidates the Labor Department’s… Read more »

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a tax extenders package today that includes a provision to repeal the 21 percent tax on certain employee benefits provided by associations and other nonprofit organizations. ASAE and its UBIT Coalition have been pushing Congress to repeal the tax for more than a year. The unrelated business income… Read more »

As expected, Texas Governor Greg Abbott this week signed a controversial bill that supporters say affirms religious protections for individuals and businesses in the state. The measure prohibits the government from taking adverse action against any individuals or businesses based on membership, support or contributions to religious groups. The bill’s proponents cited the San Antonio… Read more »

House Democrats on Tuesday advanced a Homeland Security spending bill that includes no funding for President Trump’s border wall, setting up another possible government shutdown later this year. The House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security spending bill on a party-line 29-20 vote, and the bill should be on the House floor later in June…. Read more »

The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing June 19 focused on ending the 21 percent unrelated business income tax on certain employee benefits provided by associations and other tax-exempt organizations. ASAE and its UBIT Coalition have been pushing Congress to repeal the tax for more than a year. The tax, enacted… Read more »