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LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Last Week
The House passed legislation improving education and childcare benefits, in another break from extending all tax extenders. If also passed in the Senate, the bill would consolidate the current American Opportunity Tax Credit, the Hope Scholarship Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the college tuition deduction into one simplified AOTC credit. The bill would provide a permanent 100 percent tax credit for the first $2,000 of certain higher education expenses, and a 25 percent tax credit for the next $2,000 of expenses. The first $1,500 of the credit is refundable, ensuring that students get the benefit regardless of tax liability. The Senate spent much of the week debating a tax bill that would go toward preventing outsourcing of jobs by providing tax incentives to those who insource. The legislation overwhelmingly received the 60 votes. needed to proceed further. Interestingly, the legislation had been slightly sidetracked when it was discovered that the senator who drafted the bill had plagiarized his master's thesis. It was also noted that he was not the original author of the bill under debate, but that is actually common practice in Congress for more vulnerable members to receive credit for legislation previously introduced.
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This Week
The House and Senate have just five days before departing Washington for five weeks, but some reports indicate that a weekend session may be needed. While it was reported late Friday that talks over Veterans Administration reform legislation had collapsed, both sides are reporting an agreement has been reached. Click here to learn more. In addition, the House and Senate are rushing to come to an agreement on the President's emergency request to address the border crisis. Currently, the White House has a request for $3.7 billion; the Senate would like to see it at $2.7 billion, with the House planning to push a bill that would only cost $1 billion and would reform a 2008 law that many believe has exasperated the current situation by allowing victims of sex trafficking from certain Central American countries to be granted refugee status. On top of both the VA and immigration, the House is hoping to pass a long-term funding measure that will fund the government through the elections, as well as passing legislation authorizing a lawsuit against the President. The Senate is expected to continue taking up insourcing legislation, as well as the President's supplemental request.
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Item of Interest
This week, the LIFO Coalition has arranged a high-level day of meetings between members of the House Ways and Means Committee and select association executives. With a repeal of LIFO being identified as a "pay-for" to fix the depleting Highway Trust Fund, ASA is proud to be taking part this important education mission alongside the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, National Grocers Association, and the Food Marketing Institute.
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NEWS FROM CAPITOL HILL


Business Groups Alarmed by Rise of 'Micro-unions' in Workplace
The Hill
Business groups are sounding the alarm over decisions from the National Labor Relations Board that they say would make it easier for small groups of people to create "micro-unions" in the workplace. The NLRB first recognized the so-called micro-unions in 2011 at Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation center, where a group of nursing assistants wanted to organize. Then last week, the labor board endorsed another micro-union, giving a small group of employees at Macy's permission to organize.
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Here are the Four Things House GOP Leadership Wants to Get Done Before Recess
NationalJournal
House GOP leaders are pressing to complete a "Big Four" list of items before the House's scheduled August-long adjournment Thursday. But looming big is this question: Will their own rank-and-file members cooperate?
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IRS Prepping for Obamacare Employer Mandate in 2015
POLITICO
The Obama administration signaled Thursday it's not backing down from the controversial health law employer mandate that has been delayed twice and is the centerpiece of the House's lawsuit against the President. The IRS posted drafts of the forms that employers will have to fill out to comply with the Obamacare requirement that employers provide health insurance to workers.
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Six Reasons Senate Republicans Should Be Optimistic — and Concerned — About Election Day
Roll Call
With about 100 days to go until Election Day, Senate Republicans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about winning the majority — but they also have grounds for concern.
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