Washington Weekly
May. 4, 2015

Last Week

The Senate debated legislation challenging the president's planned agreement with Iran on nuclear development. Because the Senate has the constitutional authority and responsibility to approve treaties, that body strong believes that any negotiation with Iran is considered a treaty, requiring their participation in the process. The House passed a budget resolution for 2016 as well as began the fiscal year 2016 federal appropriations process by passing legislation funding military construction and veterans’ affairs as well as energy and water development appropriations.More

This Week

The Senate continues to work through the amendment process on Iran legislation, which ran into a potential brick wall after two junior senators, Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and presidential aspirant Marco Rubio introduced an amendment that would make Iran's recognition of Israel as a condition of any agreement. The House is in recess. More

Item of Interest

This week ASA staff will once again split into five teams and hit the road visiting our great members of the past, present and hopefully the future. We will be in visiting California, Utah, Washington and Oregon to share with our members what their industry association has been up to in 2015 and how they can gain from their membership in ASA. More

Key Players in the Export-Import Bank Fight
The Hill
The battle to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank has become a divisive issue within the Republican Party. Tea Party conservatives argued the 80-year-old bank, which finances international investments intended to increase U.S. exports, is a form of Washington corporate welfare in which favored interests get government help.More

Immigration Fight Could Return to House in May
The Hill
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opened his May 1 memo to House members regarding May's legislative agenda by quoting Steve Jobs and praising Republicans for the victories they've overseen in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress. But GOP success stories may be overshadowed later this month when Republicans again face one of the most politically dangerous and unforgiving issues for the party: immigration.More

Mayors to Washington: Do Something!
The cities' CEOs are disgusted with Capitol Hill. Sure, we've known the American people have little regard for Congress, which has been experiencing record-low approval ratings. Yet, fellow elected officials working in America's cities also hold Washington in disfavor, and they had a clear message for their representatives on Capitol Hill: Gridlock has gone too far. More

Hill Ethics Investigations on the Rise
National Journal
The Office of Congressional Ethics boosted its workload at the start of the 114th Congress, taking a preliminary look at 15 possible ethics violations that came across the nonpartisan agency's desk in the first three months of the year. These are cases in which there's a "reasonable basis" to indicate a violation could have occurred. By comparison, the OCE launched a total of 36 such reviews in the entire two years of the 113th Congress. More