Washington Weekly
Sep. 8, 2015

Last Week

The House and Senate were in recess. Last week also marked the closure of the comment period for overtime regulations, with nearly 200,000 supporters and opponents of the pending regulations voicing their concerns. ASA joined with 133 other business groups, including 92 national organizations in voicing our concerns. Our comments can be viewed here and here.More

This Week

Congress returns to Washington today to confront a series of fiscal challenges in crafting a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open past Sept. 30. The most pressing issue for Republican leaders at the moment is keeping a Planned Parenthood defunding mechanism out of the short-term spending extension. But the length of the CR itself will set the tempo for how Congress approaches a slew of other issues this fall. In addition, both houses are expected to hold votes opposing the president's agreement with Iran. The president now has the 34 votes needed to override a veto, should he receive legislation that he would oppose, but he does not yet have the votes to block legislation from leaving the Senate, i.e. the opposition has the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster. More

Item of Interest

This week, ASA is proud to be joining WIT and Co., as they hold their annual fall meeting in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, we will be training and leading more than 35 small-business owners as they hold nearly 70 meetings with their elected officials. They will be advocating on behalf of the PHCP and PVF industry on issues such as overtime regulations, possible bipartisan solutions to healthcare reform and the Remote Transactions Parity Act.More

9 Obama Regulations to Watch
The Hill
The window is already closing on President Barack Obama's regulatory agenda, and agencies across the federal government are moving to crank out a slew of new rules before election year politics bring business in Washington to a virtual standstill. Obama has made no bones about using the power of his office to accomplish his policy goals in lieu of congressional action, presiding over numerous controversial regulations in the energy, healthcare and financial sectors, among many others. More

Republican Leaders' Stressful September
National Journal
­Repub­lic­an con­gres­sion­al lead­ers are fa­cing a stress­ful Septem­ber, burdened with a best-case out­come of main­tain­ing the status quo in gov­ern­ment fund­ing and a worst-case out­come of an­oth­er gov­ern­ment shut­down. Adding to their head­aches, a flurry of Demo­crat­ic sen­at­ors pledged late last week to sup­port the Ir­an deal, elim­in­at­ing the pos­sib­il­ity that Con­gress could over­ride a pres­id­en­tial veto of a res­ol­u­tion dis­ap­prov­ing of the mul­tina­tion­al deal.More

Countdown to Shutdown Begins
Congress returns from its long summer vacation Tuesday to an all-out, three-week sprint to avert a government shutdown – and no apparent plan yet to quell the conservative rebellion over Planned Parenthood that has dramatically increased the odds of a closure. The mad dash – just 10 legislative work days to solve the shutdown crisis, in between major votes on the Iran nuclear deal and the first-ever papal address to a joint session of Congress – presents a major test for Republican leaders in both chambers who vowed to end crisis-driven legislating. More

Member, Staffer Face Off on Benghazi Committee
Roll Call
Typically, partisan squabbles regarding the Select Committee on Benghazi are waged between the chairman and ranking member, Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Democrat Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, respectively. This round, however, the tête-à-tête is taking place between committee member Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., and Gowdy's spokesman, Jamal Ware.More