Decoding D.C.

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


In-District Spotlight – AALU Members Engage Lawmakers at Home

This week, Members of Congress are at home and from coast to coast, AALU Ambassadors met with their representatives to educate them on issues that matter most to your businesses and the clients you serve. With over 100 new Members, Ambassadors used this opportunity to meet with freshman members, like Rep. Anthony Brindisi [D-NY-22], Rep.…

On the Offensive: House Republicans Set Targets for 2020

The fifty-five offensive targets include: twenty seats won by Republicans in 2016 that were also carried by Hillary Clinton, thirty-one districts won by President Trump in 2016, three additional seats Republicans held in recent cycles (FL-07, FL-13 and NV-04), and one additional seat trending toward President Trump (OR-04). Interestingly, Chairman Emmer’s counterpart at the DCCC,…

Learn more about gerrymandering, and its potential impact on future elections

Gerrymandering has often been pointed to a primary driver of polarization in our nation’s politics. Every ten years, the States (and whoever controls the legislature and governor’s mansion) have the ability to redraw district maps based off the most recent census. The maps they draw have often outsized impacts. Check out this Ted Talk on…

Most Vulnerable House Dems; MassMutual CEO Testifies on Retirement Policy

February 08, 2019 Heard on the Hill The temporary reprieve from the (partial) government shutdown expires next Friday at midnight. Bipartisan intel from the conference committee suggests progress towards a solution around border security. However, the sleeper sticking point may be disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico. Particularly since negotiations the last two weeks have…

House Democrats Announce Priorities for Defense in 2020

The DCCC Frontline program is designed to funnel support to Members with competitive races in toss-up or Republican leaning districts. Included on the list is Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), a former member of Congress who was recently assigned to the influential Ways and Means Committee. Republicans will no doubt be targeting these seats, as well…

AALU, ACLI, and NAIFA host new Democratic Ways and Means Members

In attendance were Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Steve Horsford (D-NV), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY). Josh Caron and Armstrong Robinson have co-hosted similar events with our partners at ACLI and NAIFA for the new Republicans…

Retirement Policy Hearing in the Ways and Means Committee

A key focus of the hearing was the fabric of public and private retirement solutions and reforms that should be taken on all sides of the equation to fill current and future gaps. Several of the members, including Chairman Neal, Rep. John Lewis (D-AL), Rep. John Larson (D-CT), and Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), discussed the…

Most Vulnerable House Dems; MassMutual CEO Testifies on Retirement Policy

February 8, 2019 Heard on the Hill The temporary reprieve from the (partial) government shutdown expires next Friday at midnight. Bipartisan intel from the conference committee suggests progress towards a solution around border security. However, the sleeper sticking point may be disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico. Particularly since negotiations the last two weeks have…

Federal & State Regulatory Outlook, Democrats Roll Out Wealth Taxes, Democratic Prez Primary Heats Up, and More

Topics: Congress, Tax reform

February 01, 2019 Beyond the Headlines Welcome to the shutdown reprieve. A bicameral conference committee has fourteen days left to find a deal that satisfies President Trump and Congressional Democrats. Left to their own devices, Appropriators could undoubtedly strike a deal, however, through the first week of negotiations, the President and many Congressional Democrats stuck…