The Small Business Administration (SBA) this week extended the deferment period for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) borrowers to 30 months from when the loan was first approved. The EIDL program has provided nearly four million small businesses and nonprofit organizations more than $350 billion in emergency funding during the pandemic. EIDL loans can… Read more »

ASAE issued a statement this week opposing legislation advanced on March 10 by the Florida legislature that would censor thoughtful considerations of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Florida’s Stop WOKE Act includes provisions aimed at instruction in Florida classrooms but would also directly apply to corporate DEI trainings, as well as to… Read more »

Registration has opened for the American Associations Day Board Reception. The reception will take place on the first day of American Associations Day, an education and advocacy event to help inform policymakers, cultivate champions on Capitol Hill and urge Congress to support the association community. Congressional meetings will be focused on pandemic risk insurance to… Read more »

Congress has a March 11 deadline to pass an omnibus spending bill but negotiators remain hung up on whether to include another round of emergency COVID-19 relief and disaster aid in the package. Congress passed a stopgap continuing resolution in mid-February that maintains government funding through March 11. House leaders want to vote March 8… Read more »

US Capitol

On February 23, Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance, held a virtual roundtable on the future of pandemic risk. ASAE’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, testified on behalf of ASAE at the event. ASAE’s testimony focused on the… Read more »

After two years of being held virtually, American Associations Day, ASAE’s legislative fly-in, will take place in-person this year March 31 to April 1 on Capitol Hill. At this year’s fly-in, ASAE advocates will urge Congress to pass the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act to safeguard association meetings in the future. Attendees will also continue to… Read more »

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and other industry organizations are raising awareness about government and business impersonation fraud that has impacted a broad range of industries, trade shows and events and has grown worse during the pandemic. CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro told Trade Show Executive recently that a prospective exhibitor for CES 2022,… Read more »

Senate leaders are working to pass a short-term government funding bill by tomorrow to thwart a government shutdown, though a handful of Republican senators are holding up a vote. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said this week he remains optimistic that Democratic and Republican will come together to pass a broader, full-year government spending… Read more »