House Passes Health Care Bill 220-215

Saturday night the House of Representatives passed HR 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, by a vote of 220-215.  Thirty-nine Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with all but one Republican against the bill. The Wall Street Journal has a breakdown of how the bill will impact different constituencies, and more in-depth information… Read more »

US Chamber Launches Jobs Campaign

Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Campaign for Free Enterprise, a multifaceted effort to drive job creation in the private sector.  Showing the power of an association to be an economic driver, the campaign has a goal of creating 20 million jobs over the next decade, replacing the 7 million lost during the… Read more »

Most Major Issues Ducked by Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee yesterday continued to debate the list of amendments to its comprehensive health care reform legislation, but conspicuously absent from the discussion were any amendments tied to the major issues being discussed by members of Congress and the media, according to Politico.  At the beginning of yesterday’s hearing, the first amendment discussed… Read more »

Small Nonprofits Denied Health Care Subsidy

The New York Times brought attention nationally to an issue that has been debated in the nonprofit community for weeks: the idea that the comprehensive health care bill passed would provide financial support for small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees but deny the same benefit to small nonprofits. Among the three comprehensive… Read more »

Q&A With Kris Cook, NAHMA

Kris Cook, CAE, is the Executive Director of the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and the 2008-2009 Chair of the ASAE Public Policy Committee. 1.      As chair of ASAE’s Public Policy Committee, what are some of the most important legislative or regulatory issues at the federal level for the association community? ASAE regularly surveys… Read more »