Washington Watch - January 20, 2016


Washington Watch - January 20, 2016

HRA Legislation Remains Top Priority in 2016

The National Association for the Self-Employed remains committed to enacting legislation that would allow for small business, 50 or less employees, to utilize Health Reimbursement Arrangements without penalty. Please read this great op-ed by Joel White, president of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, of which the NASE is a proud board member.

IRS Fines Small Business for Lending a Helping Hand; Sentinel News (Ogden, UT)

SBA Chief Council for Advocacy Officially Sworn In

Darry L. DePriest was confirmed and sworn in as the Small Business Administration’s Chief Council for Advocacy.

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts and policymakers.

Mr. DePriest follows Dr. Winslow Sargeant who served in this role since 2011.

President Obama Delivers Last SOTU

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address to the country. What is usually a laundry list of “to do” items for the Congress, the President realizing that his final 12 months in office will be lame duck, elected to use his speech to discuss his progress as President over the past seven years and reassure the country that things are headed in the right direction.

With the 2016 presidential campaign officially upon us, the President rightly understand that Congress will have a light legislative agenda and that any attempts to shepherd legislative priorities through Congress will be virtually impossible, however, the President has committed to using the Executive Order and regulatory process to push through key initiatives, including minimum wage, climate change, and gun control.

Read the full text of the President’s 7th and final State of the Union.

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