Washington Weekly
Sep. 29, 2014

Last Week

The House and Senate are in recess. Last week ASA participated in a business community voter registration campaign, Employee Voter Registration Week. While last week has passed, the opportunity for you and your employees to register to vote is not over. Don't wait, register today. Click here to learn how you can register, because if you don't register, you can't vote.More

This Week

The House and Senate are in recess.More

Item of Interest

Mark your calendars: ASA is pleased to announce our 2015 Legislative Fly-in. It will be held April 14 – 15 at the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for additional information, or feel free to contact us at dhilton@asa.net to learn more.More

Eric Holder Lame-Duck Fight? White House Points to McConnell Precedent
Roll Call
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is citing Sen. Mitch McConnell's support for the lame-duck confirmation of then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2006 as precedent for a quick confirmation of a replacement for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Earnest made the reference Sept. 26 at the his daily briefing, although he did not lay out a timetable for the president to make his decision.More

Party Bosses Place Midterm Bets
The Hill
It's decision time for Republicans and Democrats battling for control of the Senate. Five weeks before the midterm elections, party leaders are peering into their campaign bank accounts, doing their math and trying to figure out where to put their money — and where to abandon hope.More

EPA is Cracking Down on Dentists
National Journal
Your dentist wants you to clean your teeth. The federal government wants your dentist to clean his office. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a proposal to cut down on the amount of mercury that winds up in the water supply as a result of a routine dental procedure. The problem? Dentists use mercury and other heavy metals to fill cavities, but those metals can harm human health if ingested. More

Why Holder Quit — The Backstory of How Obama Lost His 'Heat Shield'
It's oddly fitting that Attorney General Eric Holder — a stubbornly independent career prosecutor ridiculed by President Barack Obama's advisers for having lousy political instincts — would nail his dismount. But Holder, who began his stormy five-plus-year tenure at the Justice Department with his controversial "Nation of Cowards" speech, has chosen what seems to be the ideal (and maybe the only) moment to call it quits after more than 18 months of musing privately about leaving with the president and senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, a trio bound by friendship, progressive ideology and shared African-American ancestry. More