Washington Weekly
Sep. 2, 2014

Last Week

The House and Senate were in recess.More

This Week

The House and Senate are in recess.More

Item of Interest

This week and last, ASA's members have been meeting with their members of Congress to advance the cause of e-fairness. By joining with larger retailers such as Best Buy and Target, plumbing wholesalers have been successful at putting a true small-business face to this issue. In fact, in this morning’s meeting of the Marketplace Fairness Coalition, ASA was highlighted for our efforts to get our members out into district offices of elected officials. We've also learned that while the August recess is soon ending, we'll be able to replay this meeting strategy in October, when members of Congress are willing and eager to meet with their voters, you. If you want to join this effort and help us educate your member of Congress of the need for e-fairness, don’t hesitate to contact us!

The Marketplace Fairness Act is proposed legislation pending in Congress that would enable state governments to collect sales taxes and use taxes from remote retailers with no physical presence in their state. More

Obama Pushes Green Standards for Everything but the Kitchen Sink
The Hill
The Obama administration is working on new efficiency standards for seemingly every appliance but the kitchen sink. Spurred by President Barack Obama's climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances. More

The Summer of Obama's Disconnect
National Journal
That was some summer. The Islamic State that President Barack Obama dismissed as "JV" proved to be a virulent varsity—gobbling up gobs of the Middle East, beheading an American journalist, and threatening the United States. Russia invaded Ukraine. Ferguson burned. Obama shrugged. "The truth of the matter is that the world has always been messy," the president told Democratic donors between meetings of his national security team and rounds of golf. More

When Congress was Popular
The Hill
If you're not a paid staffer or blood relative, as the joke goes, you probably hate Congress. The institution is so unpopular that voters were more positive about brussel sprouts, head lice and root canals in one recent survey. But there have been a handful of times over the last 100 years when the public gave a thumbs up to Capitol Hill. More

Halfway House: GOP Falling Short in Midterms
Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year. POLITICO interviewed more than a dozen top strategists from both parties about their outlook for the House in the midterms, and their assessment was nearly unanimous: Republicans are on track to expand their majority by only five or six seats, or roughly half their goal. More