More than 600 travel industry organizations, including ASAE, signed on to a letter urging lawmakers to take action on near-term federal policies to restore and grow the U.S. travel industry. The letter, organized by the U.S. Travel Association, points out that the COVID-19 pandemic has cost the travel industry over $730 billion in lost spending… Read more »

The push for federal voting rights legislation appears stymied, after Senate Republicans blocked an elections bill in the chamber last night and Democrats were unsuccessful in weakening the Senate’s filibuster rules to pass the legislation by a simple majority. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been blocked on several attempts to pass voting rights… Read more »

With little progress being made on fiscal year 2022 appropriations, it’s increasingly likely that Congress will need to pass another stopgap continuing resolution to fund the government through Sept. 30. In early December, Congress approved a short-term spending bill to keep federal agencies running through Feb. 18. Congressional appropriators have been trying to reach consensus… Read more »

Senate Democrats would like to revive discussions on President Biden’s $1.7 trillion social and climate spending package, the Build Back Better Act, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) remains an obstacle. This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he’s had recent conversations with Manchin about the House-passed BBB but Manchin disputed the notion that… Read more »