Policy Updates


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This monthly newsletter includes legislative updates, events calendar, media mentions and announcements of new ASBC members and member news.


August Policy Update

Senate Abandons Pandemic Relief in August 

Failing to come to agreement on most elements of an urgently-needed second relief package, Congress has adjourned and deferred this issue until after September 8. The end of March’s CARES Act has left tens of millions of Americans without the emergency $600/week employment income replacement from the Federal government and only scant unemployment payments from many states.


July Policy Update

SBC Applauds Biden Climate & Infrastructure Plan,
Urges Trump to Match It

ASBC has applauded Vice President Joe Biden’s newly released Climate & Infrastructure Plan which allocates $2T to fuel green growth for America’s businesses, rebuild the nation’s deteriorated infrastructure and create 10 million new, union-level wage jobs.


June Policy Update

ASBC Draws More Than 700 Registrants for Two Online Meetings to Energize Business Action to Confront Racism

ASBC has long advocated for policies that move us toward a more just, inclusive, equitable and sustainable economy and society, but the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has sparked new outrage, leading to renewed energy toward those goals. 


May Policy Update

Paycheck Protection Likely to Be Tweaked As Congress
Considers New Responses To Coronavirus Stimulus

After several rounds of swift, bipartisan action, there appears to be agreement on fixing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), with both chambers and the administration talking about extending the eight-week covered period.  However, beyond that, the chambers may be reaching a fork in the road.


April Policy Update

With small businesses and their employees facing an existential crisis, the SBA’s Paycheck Program (PPP) opened in early April, but was plagued by administrative issues, questions about who was getting funding and then ran out of funds within two weeks. An additional $310 billion was added to the initial round of $300 billion in the fourth Congressional response, but many of the administrative issues were left unaddressed.


March Policy Update

COVID-19 Economic Rescue Package Has Help for Business 

Moving with unusual speed, in just the last week of March, Congress passed with bipartisan support and the President signed into law an unprecedented $2.3 trillion Coronavirus economic response package. Although not perfect, it offers hope to the many business leaders struggling to take care of employees and keep their businesses from closing permanently.


February Policy Update

ASBC Members Promote Employee Ownership on the Hill

Employee Ownership was a key topic for ASBC on Capitol Hill in February. The House Small Business Committee held a public hearing Feb. 12 on the issue that included among its witnesses John Abrams, founder of ASBC-member South Mountain Company, which is an integrated architecture, engineering, building and solar company and a worker cooperative for 33 years.


January 2020 Policy Update

ASBC Member Testifies for Paid Leave at House Ways and Means Hearing

Rebecca Hamilton, co-CEO of Gilsum, N.H.-based W.S. Badger Company, a member of the American Sustainable Business Council, testified January 28 in support of the FAMILY Act (H.R. 1185) before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. 

Family owned and run, W.S. Badger was founded in 1995 in rural southwestern New Hampshire and employs 100 people in the manufacture and sale of organic balms and personal care products.


December 2019 Policy Update

ASBC Summit Pushes for Real Systemic Change

“Making Capitalism Work for All,” ASBC’s annual Summit, was an inspiring, energizing success for the more than 150 attendees who arrived in the nation’s capital for the two-day event on Dec 10 and 11. 


October 2019 Policy Update

Summit Main Sessions Unveil
How to Make Capitalism Work for All

What will it take to reverse America’s falling standard of living? Curtail climate change? Update our decrepit infrastructure? Culling the best ideas from a wide range of thought leaders, Summit plenary sessions offer focused, rich discussions on crucial issues. 


September 2019 Policy Update

Business Leaders and Policy Experts Explore
How to Save Capitalism on Dec. 10-11 

ASBC’S Sustainable Business & Advocacy Summit in D.C. this December, “Making Capitalism Work for All,” will convene a thought-provoking range of speakers from the left, right and center perspectives.


August 2019 Policy Update

Registration Is Open for the ASBC Summit,
“Making Capitalism Work for All”

ASBC members and other values-based business leaders from around the country will convene in Washington, D.C. this December 10-11 for our 2019 Summit. The event offers a day of idea-sparking sessions with thought leaders across the political spectrum, followed by a day of meetings with members of Congress.


July 2019 Policy Update

Plastic Pollution Law Progresses in CA

ASBC is closely following a pair of circular economy bills – SB 54 and AB 1080 — the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. ASBC voiced our support at hearings on July 3 and 8. Both bills have passed in their original houses. ASBC sees organizing California business support as a good start for our federal circular economy campaign.


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