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Endorsed Candidate spotlight: Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) & Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA-3)

This week, we highlight two AALU-endorsed candidates: Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA-3). Both of these lawmakers serve on committees that directly impact the profession, have a great understanding of our issues, and have strong relationships with AALU Ambassadors. We are proud to endorse both of these representatives in 2020! Sen. Gary…

Ambassadors in Action: The Momentum Continues

Our AALU Ambassadors are off to a great start, building on the tremendous momentum of their 2019 successes. Over the past few weeks, nearly 200 Ambassadors have enrolled in the program, contributed over $200,000 to AALU PAC and campaigns, and held over a dozen meetings with key lawmakers so far this year. In early February,…

2020 Democratic Primaries

Click here to see the 2020 Democratic Delegate tracker. Following poor performances by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, progressives have thrown their support behind Sanders. The struggle for moderates will be whether they can rally around a single, alternative candidate in time to catch or beat Sanders. In the last few days, centrist Democrats have called on…

Tips for a successful experience at a town hall:

Find out who your representatives are! AALU has a program that can find your Members of Congress via your home address. This is particularly helpful for those who live near congressional district lines or live in populated areas like New York City that have a lot of districts in a small area. Try it out…

Base Spending Levels & Caps – FY 2020-FY 2021

Base Spending Levels & Caps – FY 2020-FY 2021 The fiscal 2020 base spending caps would be set at: $666.5 billion for defense — $90.3 billion increase over current fiscal year 2020 cap, $19.5 billion more than in fiscal year 2019. $621.5 billion for non-defense — $78.3 billion increase over current cap, $24.5 billion more…

Congress’ Summer Work Period: Educate Your Representatives – the Easy Way!

Join the growing number of AALU members who are meeting their representatives through AALU’s Political Affairs department. Building relationships with lawmakers and their staff – is a crucial part of what we do as an organization to promote and protect the profession. Share your stories to educate your representatives, and show how your business benefits…

First Democratic Debates: Aftermath by the Numbers

Below are national polling averages from both before and after the debates. Former Vice President Joe Biden took the biggest dip, while Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) more than doubled her share of support. While Biden remains the overall leader, Harris’s surge in polling shows that her debate performance resonated heavily with voters – at least…

Ambassadors in Action: Jeff Peterson with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) & Gabe Schulman with Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ)

This past Monday, AALU Ambassador Jeff Peterson hosted Rep. Mike Thompson at the Northwestern Mutual Offices in San Francisco. Rep. Thompson, who represents Northern California’s 5th district which covers Napa Valley, has long been a champion of financial and retirement security issues facing our industry and consumers. The conversation was a productive one, with Jeff…

Efforts To Pass SECURE Act Before August Recess Face Hurdles In Senate

The most expedient way to pass the SECURE Act before August is through unanimous consent—the procedure by which a bill can be passed without the usual debate and amendment procedures because all senators agree. However, it only takes one senator to block this route, and three senators currently have objections. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants…