Decoding D.C.

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


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…

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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...

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…

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…

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…