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2022 News

Congress Poised to Approve Stopgap Funding Bill

Congress is expected to pass a short-term government funding bill this week though details of the package are still pending. While a government shutdown appears unlikely, Senate leaders are still working to build support for including energy permitting reforms in the continuing resolution to fund the government, likely into mid-December. Read more

September 26, 2022|

House GOP Issues Governing Framework

House Republicans last Friday released a framework for governing should the party flip the House in the upcoming November elections. The framework includes few specific policy proposals but offers a glimpse of House Republicans’ priorities during the last two years of President Biden’s current administration. Dubbed the “Commitment to America,” Read more

September 26, 2022|

Senate Republicans Block Consideration of DISCLOSE Act

Senate Republicans last week blocked consideration of the DISCLOSE Act, which would require Super PACs and 501(c)(4) nonprofit political groups to disclose donors of $10,000 or more during an election cycle. In a procedural vote last Thursday, the Senate failed to advance the bill on a 49-49 vote. Congressional Democrats Read more

September 26, 2022|

ASAE Celebrates Power of Associations Tonight

ASAE is hosting a sold-out 23rd Annual Summit Awards Dinner tonight at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, to celebrate and promote the invaluable contributions that associations make to America and the world. Six associations will be recognized this evening with a 2022 Summit Award, ASAE’s highest honor for Read more

September 26, 2022|

ASAE’s GRAPAC Webinar to Focus on State Advocacy for 2023

There’s still time to register for ASAE’s Government Relations and Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council (GRAPAC) webinar Sept. 21 from noon to 1 pm ET on “State Government Relations and Advocacy: Getting Ready for 2023.” All 50 state legislatures will be in session in 2023, and a panel of state government Read more

September 15, 2022|

White House Brokers Deal to Avert National Rail Strike

President Biden this morning announced a tentative agreement between rail carriers and union leaders, which would keep freight trains running and prevent a major disruption to the nation’s supply chains. The White House helped broker the deal which will likely avert a national rail strike that could have had significant Read more

September 15, 2022|

Congress Intent on Passing Stopgap Government Funding Bill

House and Senate leaders are working to pass a short-term funding patch to keep government agencies open past Sept. 30, when current funding expires. While a government shutdown appears unlikely, Senate leaders are still working to build support for including energy permitting reforms in the continuing resolution to fund the Read more

September 15, 2022|

ASAE Submits Statement for Senate Banking Hearing on Insurance

ASAE submitted a written statement for a Senate Banking Committee hearing last week, urging Congress to establish a public-private pandemic risk insurance program. The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Sept. 8 was on “Current Issues in Insurance,” and the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) endorsed by Read more

September 15, 2022|

ASAE’s GRAPAC Webinar to Focus on State Advocacy for 2023

ASAE’s Government Relations and Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council (GRAPAC) will hold a free webinar Sept. 21 from noon to 1 pm ET on “State Government Relations and Advocacy: Getting Ready for 2023.” All 50 state legislatures will be in session in 2023, and a panel of state government relations and Read more

September 1, 2022|

Travel Industry Continues Recovery, Despite Cooling Economy

Travel spending exceeded 2019 spending levels for the fourth consecutive month in July, and modest growth is expected to continue as inflation drops and the labor market remains strong, according to U.S. Travel Association research. Inflation and a cooling economy are still concerns for the travel industry, which is still Read more

September 1, 2022|

Congress Closing In on Short-Term Government Funding Bill

Congress has just weeks to pass a short-term funding patch to keep government agencies open past Sept. 30, when current funding expires. Democratic and Republican leaders are downplaying the possibility of a government shutdown, but a bipartisan bill could be problematic if it includes certain energy permitting provisions tied to Read more

September 1, 2022|

Help ASAE Communicate the Power of Associations

ASAE is gathering signatures for a Power of Associations community sign-on letter that will be shared with members of Congress and state legislators to foster a better understanding of how associations benefit society and inform policymaking. The sign-on letter was rolled out during ASAE’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Read more

September 1, 2022|

ASAE’s Professional Certification Coalition Enters Year Five

The Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) charged into its fifth year advocating for public policies that promote certification programs, certified professionals and all who rely on the expertise and experience demonstrated only through professional certification. PCC members include organizations that issue professional certifications, associations for workers who hold certifications and companies Read more

August 9, 2022|

Nonprofits Continue to Press for ERTC Restoration

Business and nonprofit leaders continue to meet with lawmakers to urge support for a retroactive extension of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) for the fourth quarter of 2021 in year-end tax legislation. ASAE is part of a large and diverse coalition of associations and nonprofit organizations supporting the Employee Read more

August 9, 2022|

Appropriators Not Close on Government Funding for FY23

Government funding expires at the end of September and congressional appropriators are not particularly close to passing appropriations bills for fiscal year 2023. While House Appropriations Committee Democrats are working to schedule floor votes on some of the 12 annual spending bills in July, the Senate Appropriations Committee has been Read more

July 7, 2022|

IRS Boosts Standard Mileage Rate for Rest of 2022

With gas prices still soaring, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022. Taxpayers can use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes. Read more

July 7, 2022|

DOL Overtime Rule Expected in Fall

The Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to issue a new rule on overtime pay exemptions this fall that is likely to expand the pool of American workers eligible for overtime pay. The overtime rule sets a salary threshold used to determine which employees are eligible to receive overtime pay Read more

June 23, 2022|

U.S. Travel Forecast Projects Short-Term Surge

Despite rising inflation, domestic leisure and business travel is projected to surge in the short term due to pent-up demand and consumer savings, according to U.S. Travel Association’s biannual forecast for travel through 2026. U.S. Travel estimates that $1.05 trillion will be spent on travel in the U.S. in 2022, Read more

June 23, 2022|

ASAE Joins ECA in Supporting Role of Business Events

ASAE is participating in a week-long legislative action program this week organized by the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) to educate Congress on the vital role that face-to-face meetings and conferences play in expanding economies and helping communities in the U.S. recover from the devasting economic and employment impacts of Read more

June 23, 2022|

Charitable Giving Remained Strong in 2021, Report Says

Charitable giving in the U.S. reached a record $485 billion in 2021, though giving is not keeping pace with inflation, according to a report released this week by Giving USA. The Giving USA report says donations in 2021 were 4 percent higher than in 2020, but down 0.7 percent when Read more

June 23, 2022|

Senate Finance Advances Retirement Package

The Senate Finance Committee advanced bipartisan retirement legislation this week, leaving lawmakers optimistic about getting a final bill through Congress this year. Senate Finance passed the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act by a 28-0 vote. The EARN Act builds on the SECURE Act of 2019 by incentivizing more small Read more

June 23, 2022|

IRS Issues Five-Year Strategic Plan

The IRS recently released a new five-year strategic plan that outlines its goals to improve taxpayer service and tax administration. The strategic plan will serve as a roadmap for the agency’s operations as it works to achieve its revenue collection and enforcement priorities. “Through the strategic plan, we want to share our Read more

June 22, 2022|

Senate HELP Leaders Draft Retirement Savings Bill

Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) released a discussion draft yesterday of legislation to boost retirement savings. The draft would allow employers to offer pension-linked emergency savings accounts and allow retirement plans used by nonprofit organizations to participate in Read more

May 27, 2022|

Travel Industry Testifies on Bills to Aid Recovery

The U.S. Travel Association testified this week before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee in support of two bills the travel industry believes are critical to ensuring the nation’s long-term competitiveness in the global travel market. The Visit America Act (H.R. 6965) would establish an Assistant Secretary for Travel and Read more

May 27, 2022|

ASAE-USAE Travel Scholarship Open to Eligible Applicants

Association professionals who want to attend the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition but have limited organizational resources can now apply for the ASAE-USAE Travel Scholarship to offset their costs. The ASAE-USAE Travel Scholarship awards three scholarships annually to support a diverse pool of ASAE members who are committed to advancing Read more

April 28, 2022|

House Passes Bipartisan SECURE Act 2.0

The House overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday night to bolster retirement savings opportunities for workers, sending the bill on to the Senate. The legislation (H.R. 2954), called the “Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022” or “SECURE Act 2.0,” builds on the 2019 SECURE Act by further incentivizing Americans to save Read more

March 31, 2022|

ASAE Kicks Off American Associations Day 2022

More than 100 association professionals will visit with legislators and their staff during American Associations Day, March 31-April 1, to demonstrate the power of associations and the community’s unique role in solving complex societal challenges and providing significant contributions to the U.S. economy. Association advocates will express the need for Read more

March 31, 2022|

ASAE Testifies at House Roundtable on Pandemic Risk

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. Read more

March 3, 2022|

ASAE Applauds Bill to Restore ERTC

ASAE and a coalition of more than 70 associations and nonprofits applauded the introduction of legislation last week to restore the employee retention tax credit (ERTC) for the last three months of 2021. The ERTC was created by the CARES Act in 2020 to help companies and nonprofit organizations keep Read more

February 17, 2022|

Travel Industry Asks for Federal Aid

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 Read more

January 20, 2022|

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