ASAE will host a program April 1 from 3-5 p.m. to examine how association government relations professionals plan and execute a successful legislative fly-in to take their organizations’ advocacy messages directly to elected officials. The program, supported by ASAE’s Power of A program and the Government Relations Section Council, is part of ASAE’s Government Relations… Read more »

House Democrats used a Feb. 13 Ways and Means subcommittee hearing to point out flaws in the 2017 tax law, including the smaller refunds many taxpayers are receiving this year. The hearing was part of House Democrats’ efforts to reexamine provisions in the sweeping tax law championed by congressional Republicans and President Trump. Republicans countered… Read more »

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) introduced a bill today to repeal a 21 percent tax on the value of so-called fringe benefits – such as free parking or mass transit assistance – that nonprofits provide to employees. ASAE and the UBIT Coalition have had numerous meetings on Capitol Hill this year urging lawmakers to… Read more »

Lawmakers have finalized a massive spending bill and border security compromise that is expected to pass both the House and Senate later this evening. The final deal appears to have broad support, despite some lingering criticism from the far right and far left. The compromise, reached by a bipartisan conference committee, includes just $1.375 billion… Read more »

ASAE will hold a Facebook Live program March 27 to help guide association professionals through the application process for The Power of A Awards program. The Power of A Awards recognize how associations leverage their resources to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. ASAE is accepting Power of A Award applications… Read more »

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said this week he wants to “recreate the momentum” for a major overhaul of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Portman and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced bipartisan legislation last year to reform a number of IRS functions and administrative practices in order to make the agency more responsive and accountable to… Read more »

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 »