Washington Weekly
Apr. 28, 2014

Last Week

The House and Senate were in recess.More

This Week

The House returns to begin its work on FY 2015 appropriations. The members are also scheduled to take up two of the less controversial bills for debate: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and the Legislative Branch appropriations acts. In addition, the House will take up legislation clarifying issues regarding expatriates and their coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Senate returns from the break ready to take action on nominees and a minimum-wage bill, which Democratic leaders have promised for months they would bring to the floor. But Wednesday's procedural vote is not expected to win the 60 votes needed to advance the bill, which Republicans decry as an election-year measure by Democrats designed to energize their base.More

Item of Interest

This week four teams of ASA staff will be hitting the road to visit our members and prospective members in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Colorado and New Mexico. We look forward to sharing the good news stories and variety of offerings that ASA has available. Equally as important is learning from our members, hearing from them what is important to their companies, and how ASA can respond to their needs.More

Cantor: House GOP Agenda Follows in Jefferson's Footsteps
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Friday spelled out for fellow Republicans a relatively sparse House spring legislative agenda in a memo decorated with historical context. Cantor began his memo by noting that May marks 238 years since Thomas Jefferson returned to Philadelphia to attend the Second Continental Congress.More

Obama Pressures GOP on Unemployment Extension, Minimum Wage
Roll Call
President Barack Obama continues to keep up the drumbeat for an unemployment extension and a minimum wage hike, but neither issue appears any closer to a reality in Congress. The president is taking his case to the airwaves and social media, using his advocacy arm, Organizing for Action, to try and pressure the GOP.More

Race is On to Restore Tax Breaks
The Hill
In all, the Joint Committee on Taxation says that extending all those tax breaks over the long-term would cost around $310 billion between 2014 and 2024, with half that total coming from just the research credit. Camp, who has announced that he will not seek re-election this year, has cast his efforts to extend some of the so-called tax extenders permanently — and leave others on the scrap heap — as a way to offer more certainty to businesses and give a nudge toward his longstanding goal of overhauling the tax code.More

Keystone Protesters Mark Final Roundup — For Now
The timing wasn't perfect, but that didn't change the message that climate activists brought Saturday as they descended on the National Mall to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.More