The Louisiana REALTORS represent 10,000 real estate professionals in the state of Louisiana.  ASAE is pleased to share this guest piece by Mr. Norman Morris, CAE, of the Louisiana REALTORS. As Congress debates very complex and life changing issues it becomes even more imperative that all associations stay focused and engaged on behalf of its… Read more »

[kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”344″ allowfullscreen=”true” fvars=”fs=1″ /] Recently, Volunteers of America President Charles W. Gould stopped by the ASAE offices to discuss the health care debate and how Volunteers of America is participating in the Power of A message.  Earlier this month, he penned a guest post on an important Volunteers of America health care… Read more »

Before the House left for the August district work period on Friday, the Energy & Commerce Committee became the fourth Congressional committee to pass comprehensive health care legislation (subscription).  However, the bill passed after a series of amendments negotiated between a number of Democratic caucuses, meaning a long month of merging the committee bills by… Read more »

Facing the August recess and constituents who have a wide range of opinions on health care, the House and Senate attempts to pass comprehensive health care reform hit major road blocks yesterday. The much-rumored dissension on the Blue Dogs deal on HR 3200 was made public yesterday.  Some of the House liberal caucuses released a… Read more »

Update: After protests by some of the Energy & Commerce Committee’s liberal members forced a cancellation of Wednesday’s mark-up, chair Henry Waxman has rescheduled the mark-up for Thursday.  This was after a lengthy session reviewing the proposed changes to the bill with committee members. Two major stories on health care broke this afternoon from both… Read more »

Key Senators negotiating aspects of the Finance Committee health care reform bill spoke to the media yesterday and gave further details on the still-unfinished legislation.  Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) gave further details on the bill’s “co-op” proposal, and although the media coverage focused mainly on the debate among Democrats (subscription) on whether a co-op could… Read more »

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) emerged from a bipartisan conference yesterday to confirm that the Senate Finance Committee negotiators will not include two major components of the Democratic health care plan in their bill: the creation of a government-run insurance company (“public plan”) nor a requirement that all employers provide their employees with health care coverage…. Read more »

In light of the economic downturn and its connection to the housing market, the high rate of foreclosures and other financial practices, the Obama administration proposed in June a new federal agency to regulate the consumer marketplace in a variety of areas.  As with any federal proposal, associations have weighed in on both sides. The… Read more »