Decoding D.C.

AALU’s weekly Government Affairs product covering essential policy and politics for the advisor.


A Teacher, Accountant, NFL Player, and Almond Farmer walk into Congress… | Wealth Tax Review

September 6, 2019 AALU Outlook: Wealth Tax Proposals Strong populist streaks continue to course through the American electorate. Democratic politicians have focused increasingly on wealth inequality. Populist Republicans have generally focused more on technology and media corporations. However, numerous polls suggest populist attitudes are growing across voter demographics. A Fox News poll from earlier this…

Committees of Jurisdiction: House Ways and Means Committee

Established July 24, 1789, and formally listed as a standing committee in 1802, the House Ways and Means committee is the oldest standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and one of the most powerful. The House tax-writing committee derives its power from Article I, Section VII of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “All…

AALU Outlook: Wealth Tax Proposals

There is a growing perception among Democratic policy makers that the current system of taxation improperly favors income from wealth over income from wages. Democrats feel that lower tax rates on investment income, the ability of investors to time the recognition of their gains, and the ability of some assets to avoid tax on gains…

Ambassador All-Stars | Laugh w/ Rep. Walorski | Spotlight: Senator Mark Warner

August 23, 2019 Washington Update Candidate Spotlight: Mark Warner Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has a long history of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, with successful tenures as Virginia’s Democratic Party Chairman, Governor, and U.S. Senator. The senator has also had a very close relationship with AALU, developing a strong Ambassador relationship with former AALU…

Candidate Spotlight: Mark Warner

Warner was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and moved to Connecticut with his family during his high school years. He graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and then from Harvard Law School. Throughout his tenure in Washington, he has been seen as a pro-business, moderate Democrat and his work with AALU has reflected those…

Backyard BBQ with Your MOC | Ambassadors in Action | ICYMI

August 9, 2019 Ambassadors in Action: AALU Ambassador Matt Vahue (Guardian) hosted a backyard BBQ with Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) on July 31st in Rochester, NY. Matt has developed a great relationship with the Congressman, a key member of the Ways and Means Committee, who knows the value of the product intimately from having lost…

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…

Two-Year Budget Deal | Regulatory CHART | Advocacy Made Easy

July 26, 2019 This Week in Washington Congress and White House Agree to Two-Year Budget and Debt Ceiling Deal This week congressional leaders and the president reached an agreement on a two-year budget and debt ceiling deal. The House passed the deal yesterday (H.R. 3877) on a 284-189 bipartisan vote after both Democratic and Republican...