Washington Weekly
Sep. 22, 2014

Last Week

The House and Senate effectively wrapped up their terms, save for a lame duck session following the mid-term elections. Averting a repeat of last year’s government shutdown, both houses passed a continuing resolution (CR) funding the government through early December. Included in the CR is funding to arm Syrian rebels, a debate that lasted nearly six hours in the House and passed with several from the both parties voting in opposition. The bill passed the House 319 – 108. See how your member of Congress voted here. The Senate voted 78-22, with 12 Republicans and 10 members of the Democratic Caucus voting against the package; see how they voted here.More

This Week

The House and Senate are in recess. While the House and Senate are back home in their districts, this is the perfect opportunity to get onto their agenda. Remember, you employ and do business with their constituents, their voters! Do you have a counter day, new product launch, or facility opening? Consider inviting your member of Congress or their staff; they would love to hear from you! Contact our office to let us know how we can help you. Also, as noted below, look for your members of Congress at local community events and take that opportunity to introduce yourself. In the coming weeks, ASA will assist our members as they venture into the district offices of their members of Congress to advocate for issues such as the Marketplace Fairness Act, which we firmly believe Congress must address when it returns in November. Putting the small, family-run business face on the issue of e-fairness has helped this cause immeasurably.More

Item of Interest

This week is Employee Voter Registration Week. ASA is participating in EVRW, an initiative organized by the business community and our partners at Business Industry Political Action Committee to encourage employee voter registration. We've joined this effort in hopes that together we can reach our goal of having 100,000 voter forms downloaded during EVRW. Our belief is that when your employees vote, the business community's voice is heard. We encourage your organization to join us. Becoming involved in this effort is as easy as notifying your employees about the 2014 EVRW initiative using the information provided in this toolkit.More

Philanthropies are divesting from fossil fuels — but does it matter?
National Journal
Fifty philanthropies are going public with plans to dump their shares in petroleum and coal companies, pledges that arrive shortly before the Sept. 23 United Nations climate-change summit in New York. Advocates say pledges from foundations that jointly control several billion dollars in assets, including the $860 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund, show momentum for the fossil-fuel divestment movement.More

Boehner Lists Tax Reform Among House GOP's Top Priorities for 2015
Roll Call
Speaker John A. Boehner laid out a five-point vision for creating growth and mobility in America on Sept. 18. On the 12th floor suite of the American Enterprise Institute, Boehner pushed tax reform, reduced spending and made improvements to the legal, regulatory and education systems as items Congress needed to address in order to make America "the best place to work, save and invest."More

Beer Fight Brewing Over EPA Rule
The Hill
A battle is brewing in the beer industry over a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency that spells out the agency's authority to regulate bodies of water. Dozens of small craft brewers, such as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, are rallying behind the EPA's proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, arguing it will help ensure that they have clean water for their products.More

How Oppo Took Over the Midterms
Politico
Why would anyone want to talk about immigration, terrorism, gun control or the national debt, when there's Alison Lundergan Grimes' bus, John Walsh's thesis, Bruce Braley's chickens and Pat Roberts' recliner? Gotcha stories — ranging from those tangentially related to issues of the day to the completely ephemeral and even absurd — have been front and center in an abnormally large number of top races this year. And many of the most memorable hits bear the hallmarks of opposition research — the unglamorous grunt work of combing through public records and, increasingly, tracking candidates in search of a compromising vote, court filing, financial transaction or quote.More