Congress Recesses; Trump Signs One Executive Order and Three Memorandums in Response to COVID-19

Legislative Action Center

Support Small Business Across America

At NASE we work daily with all branches of government to make sure the best interests of the small business like yours are represented but we need your help!  Use the tools and resources below to let your voice be heard.

Upcoming Elections

Here are the upcoming elections that we are carefully watching.

Tue, Aug 2, 2022 - Arizona Primary Election
Tue, Aug 16, 2022 - Wyoming Primary Election

Are you registered to vote?  You can go here ( to find out!

Voting Information Tool

The Voting Information Tool (VIT) below is an easy to use voting information tool that offers official voting information–such as polling place and ballot information–to anyone, using just a residential address.

On the move...?

This short messaging service (SMS) tool provides voters with election information via text message. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and registration URLs. The app is available in multiple languages.

By sending a text message to Pew (The Pew Charitable Trusts), you consent to receive voting information via one or more text messages from an automated system.  This is a free service, but standard text message rates may apply.  You may revoke consent by contacting Pew, including by texting STOP.      

SMS Tool Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Get Involved!

Get involved and take action today with the NASE! Simply click on one of the links below and enter your ZIP code or state, search for your elected officials, and send them a letter

Search for your Representative to the US House of Representatives

Search for your US Senator

Just for Fun

Here are some great tools built and managed by the Sunlight Foundation that you may find interesting.

Capitol Words explores the most popular words and phrases used by legislators in the U.S. Congress. Search the data from 1996 to today by state, date or politician.

Influence Explorer connects the dots of political contributions on the federal and state level allowing you to track influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual.

Open States allows anyone to discover more about lawmaking in their state. With Open States, you can track state bills, get campaign and contact information for legislators and follow all the action across 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Party Time documents the political fundraising circuit. From the early morning hours until late at night, there are opportunities for members of Congress, presidential and congressional candidates to meet with supporters behind closed doors, press them for money and party. Breakfasts, luncheons, barbecues, golfing outings, receptions, concerts, basketball, baseball, football—the social whirl is endless.

Political Ad Sleuth is an opportunity for local volunteers to help us make a national, online database of TV stations’ public ad files. This paperwork, which every broadcaster keeps but doesn’t post online, contains important information about who is buying airtime for political ads.

For more on what the NASE is doing for Small Business in Washington, check out Washington Watch.

The Latest...

Here's a sample of some of the things we've been working on.

Congress Recesses; Trump Signs One Executive Order and Three Memorandums in Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

On Saturday, August 8, President Trump signed for executive orders in an effort to provide economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress was unable to come to an agreement prior to the August recess; however, House and Senate leaders have said they will call back members if a deal materializes during the recess.

While largely reported as executive orders, in reality the President signed one executive order (housing evictions) and three memorandums, which do not carry as much weight as an executive order.

Delays payroll tax collection for those making under $104,000
The memorandum instructs the U.S. Treasury to halt collection of payroll taxes from September 1 through December 31 for workers who earn less than $4,000 every two weeks (that’s people earning under about $104,000 a year).

The deferral means that the employee will see a roughly 6.2 percent increase in their paycheck, delaying the contribution to social security. However, because it is a deferral, employees will be required to pay the social security contribution at a later date. The President has called for Congress to make the tax deferral a permanent tax cut.

Earlier relief measures approved by Congress, deferred most employer payroll taxes for the rest of 2020, so this is now an effort to defer the employee contribution.

Attempts to Extend Unemployment Aid
There are currently 30 million people on unemployment aid. Earlier relief packages included a short term additional $600 a week from the federal government on top of their state aid (which averaged $330 a week), which expired in July. Democrats want to continue at the $600 a week level. Republicans proposed $200.

The memorandum calls for federal aid to restart at a level of $400 a week. But requires states to cover $100 of the $400, nearly, impossible as most states are struggle to stay afloat due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Halting Evictions
The United States has about 110 million renters, and many have been hit hard by the layoffs in retail, restaurants and hospitality during the pandemic. The memorandum calls for Health and Human Services Secretary and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director to “consider” whether an eviction ban is needed.

Student Loan Deferral through 2020
Waives all interest on student loans held by the federal government through the end of 2020 and allows people to delay payments until Dec. 31.

Learn more about the NASE’s COVID-19 efforts, visit our COVID resource website.


  1. RadEditor - HTML WYSIWYG Editor. MS Word-like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools, dropdowns, dialogs, system modules and built-in spell-check.
    RadEditor's components - toolbar, content area, modes and modules
    Toolbar's wrapper 
    Content area wrapper
    RadEditor's bottom area: Design, Html and Preview modes, Statistics module and resize handle.
    It contains RadEditor's Modes/views (HTML, Design and Preview), Statistics and Resizer
    Editor Mode buttonsStatistics moduleEditor resizer
    RadEditor's Modules - special tools used to provide extra information such as Tag Inspector, Real Time HTML Viewer, Tag Properties and other.

Partner with NASE Now!

Join today and the NASE's experts, resources, discounts, and influence in D.C. are a click away! Get great information on help starting a business, business plan help, help for small business, and more.

Courtesy of