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Founded in 1958, NWYC is dedicated to bringing our members unbiased, non-partisan information on pending legislation in Congress, encouraging responsible Americans to use their influence in government to preserve the freedoms set forth by our Founding Fathers.

 : H.R.3938 - Bonus Depreciation (Build It in America Act)One of the most favored tax breaks for small business owners i...
01/08/2024

: H.R.3938 - Bonus Depreciation (Build It in America Act)

One of the most favored tax breaks for small business owners is scheduled to decrease in 2023 from 100% to 80% and then decrease in 20% increments each year thereafter. The Build It In America Act provides that 100% bonus depreciation would remain for qualified property placed in service before January 1, 2026. Under current law passed under TCJA, there is a reduction of bonus depreciation to 80% in 2023 and a decrease of 20% each year until it is no longer available starting in the 2027 taxable year.

Know and : Should Congress extend 100% Bonus Depreciation through December 31, 2025? https://bit.ly/4aJuRJO

 : The Biden Administration proposed new energy efficiency standards for residential water heaters. The proposed standar...
01/05/2024

: The Biden Administration proposed new energy efficiency standards for residential water heaters. The proposed standards would require most standard-sized electric water heaters to use heat pump technology to achieve efficiency gains and gas-fired instantaneous water heaters would need to use condensing technology to meet efficiency requirements. The regulation commenting period is set to expire soon. Leave your comments here: https://bit.ly/48kjDtG

Border control and immigration policy are pressing issues that Speaker Mike Johnson will address in early 2024 as he tra...
01/04/2024

Border control and immigration policy are pressing issues that Speaker Mike Johnson will address in early 2024 as he travels this week to the southern border. Should border policy changes be attached to Ukraine or Israel aid? Learn more via The Hill.

House Republicans are beginning a crucial election year with a heightened focus on border issues as negotiations in the Senate on asylum policy changes drag on and the conference prepares to bring …

01/03/2024

Our responsibility and duty as American citizens is to influence our state and federal officials on issues affecting our businesses and families. Hold your representatives accountable and exercise your democratic right on National Write to Congress Day and every day via NWYC.

What are your biggest small business challenges ahead in 2024? Forbes identifies five challenges that may affect how you...
01/03/2024

What are your biggest small business challenges ahead in 2024? Forbes identifies five challenges that may affect how you manage your business.

The next change will certainly be a reduction, but uncertainty surrounds the timing and magnitude of the interest rate decline.

May the year ahead be full of hope and goodness. Happy New Year from NWYC!
01/01/2024

May the year ahead be full of hope and goodness. Happy New Year from NWYC!

 : H.R.3938 - Bonus Depreciation (Build It in America Act)Section 103 of the Build It In America Act  (H.R.3938) provide...
12/29/2023

: H.R.3938 - Bonus Depreciation (Build It in America Act)

Section 103 of the Build It In America Act (H.R.3938) provides that 100% bonus depreciation would remain for qualified property placed in service before January 1, 2026. One of the most favored tax breaks for small business owners is scheduled to decrease in 2023 from 100% to 80% and then decrease in 20% increments each year thereafter.

: Should Congress extend 100% Bonus Depreciation through December 31, 2025? https://bit.ly/47eGSUz

Is your state one of the 22 states that will increase the minimum wage on January 1, 2024? Fast Company identifies those...
12/28/2023

Is your state one of the 22 states that will increase the minimum wage on January 1, 2024? Fast Company identifies those states and the workers that will experience the most benefit. How will the increase affect your small business?

New York, California, New Jersey, and Hawaii are among the 22 states that will increase minimum wages on January 1. EPI has a full breakdown and map.

Abortion policy remains a controversial topic heading into 2024, and states continue to impose restrictions and change l...
12/27/2023

Abortion policy remains a controversial topic heading into 2024, and states continue to impose restrictions and change legislation on the policy. AP shares what you need to know heading into a new year where abortion is likely to be on the ballot in November 2024.

Abortion is going to be a major issue in the U.S. again in 2024, the second full year after the nation's top court ended a right to abortion and making it largely a state issue.

 : H.J.Res.2 - Balanced Budget AmendmentOur national debt has doubled in the last decade, surpassing $33.7 trillion. In ...
12/27/2023

: H.J.Res.2 - Balanced Budget Amendment

Our national debt has doubled in the last decade, surpassing $33.7 trillion. In FY 2023, total government spending was $6.13 trillion, and total revenue was $4.44 trillion, resulting in a deficit of $1.7 trillion, an increase of $320 billion from the previous fiscal year. Due to this, many lawmakers are pushing for an amendment to be passed that would require federal spending not to exceed federal receipts.

This joint resolution (H.J.Res.2) proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting total outlays for a fiscal year from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year unless Congress authorizes the excess by a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber. The prohibition excludes outlays for repayment of debt principal and receipts derived from borrowing.

The amendment requires roll call votes of three-fifths of each chamber of Congress to increase the public debt limit and a majority of each chamber for legislation increasing revenue. It also requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually.

Know and : Are you in favor of passing a Balanced Budget Amendment? https://bit.ly/4awKCDC

Merry Christmas from our NWYC family to yours!
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from our NWYC family to yours!

Has America avoided a recession that many economists predicted as imminent? Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Federal ...
12/22/2023

Has America avoided a recession that many economists predicted as imminent? Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell believe so. The Washington Post explores.

The economy’s strength and stability — defying even the most optimistic predictions — represents a remarkable development after seemingly endless crises

Your voice makes a difference! In 2023, six important measures on which NWYC members voiced their opinions to their elec...
12/21/2023

Your voice makes a difference! In 2023, six important measures on which NWYC members voiced their opinions to their elected officials were passed by Congress. All but one of these measures passed with a large bipartisan majority.

H.R.5110 - Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act ((424-1 | Unanimous Consent)
H.R.3746 - Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 (314-117 | 63-36)
H.J.Res.26 - Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022 (250-173 | 81-14)
H.J.Res.7 - Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on March 13, 2022 (229-197 | 68-23)
S.619 - COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023 (419-0 | Unanimous Consent)
S.111 - Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act of 2023 (400-0 | Unanimous Consent)

Senator James Lankford, the lead Republican negotiator on Ukraine aid and the border, told reporters Monday that he does...
12/20/2023

Senator James Lankford, the lead Republican negotiator on Ukraine aid and the border, told reporters Monday that he doesn’t expect White House and Senate negotiators to reach an agreement in the next few days, given the unresolved issues still on the table. Learn more via The Hill.

Senate Republicans say there’s no chance of a deal before Christmas on funding the war in Ukraine and enacting new border security reforms. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had tentati…

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, will be laid to rest today after lying in repo...
12/19/2023

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, will be laid to rest today after lying in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on December 18. The National Constitution Center examines her role in landmark cases during her tenure.

The late Justice Sandra Day O’Connor played a key role in some of the Supreme Court’s major decisions during her nearly 25 years on the bench. Here is a look at several of those cases involving the first woman to serve on the Court, including decisions about the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendm...

12/19/2023

Small businesses are seeing some signs of hope as more small banks are being approved for loans. Interest rates remain steady. More via Forbes.

Due to our rapid growth, we are seeking motivated sales professionals to join our nationwide sales team and recruit smal...
12/15/2023

Due to our rapid growth, we are seeking motivated sales professionals to join our nationwide sales team and recruit small businesses to join our cause. National Write Your Congressman (NWYC) is the nation’s largest, privately held, nonpartisan membership organization comprised of small businesses dedicated to delivering constituent opinions to representatives in Washington.

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 : Border Security and Foreign AidMany Republican lawmakers voiced support for Ukraine and called the meeting with Zelen...
12/14/2023

: Border Security and Foreign Aid

Many Republican lawmakers voiced support for Ukraine and called the meeting with Zelenskiy inspirational. But they demanded changes to US immigration policies before approving further aid. “There will be no supplemental without border security reform,” U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said.

Do you think border security and aid to Ukraine and Israel should be linked?
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Has your business recovered from the pandemic? Many small businesses continue to struggle and are proceeding with wary o...
12/13/2023

Has your business recovered from the pandemic? Many small businesses continue to struggle and are proceeding with wary optimism in the current business climate, but there is hope. MarketWatch reports that applications for new high-propensity businesses are on the rise. And businesses are using creative strategies to woo back customers.

Many of America’s small businesses have experienced an economic whiplash over the last four years — and they’re fighting back.

No foreign policy - no matter how ingenious - has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried ...
12/13/2023

No foreign policy - no matter how ingenious - has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none. - Henry Kissinger

TIME shares reflections on his life and leadership in his passing.

Known for his realist approach to foreign policy, his influence spanned the Vietnam War to the aftermath of 9/11

 : FISA Surveillance 'Reforms'The House expects to consider two competing measures to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligen...
12/12/2023

: FISA Surveillance 'Reforms'

The House expects to consider two competing measures to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) under a rule through which one would prevail. The centerpiece of both is the renewal of Section 702 authority, which allows the government to intercept the communications of foreign targets but can incidentally collect information on U.S. citizens in doing so.

The Judiciary Committee bill (H.R.6570, Protect Liberty & End Warrantless Surveillance Act) extends that authority for three years, setting tighter standards for surveillance applications and querying collected information.

The Intelligence Committee bill (H.R.6611, FISA Reform & Reauthorization Act), reauthorizes FISA for eight years and codifies current FBI procedures for Section 702 queries while also expanding 702 authorities to help interdict illicit drugs such as fentanyl.

Take Action: What are our thoughts about FISA surveillance reforms?
https://bit.ly/46WEPnQ

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's li...
12/08/2023

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something. - Sandra Day O'Connor

Looking back on the life of Sandra Day O'Connor, TIME explores her appointment to the Supreme Court and the bipartisan support she received.

O'Connor was the first woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court

Kevin McCarthy joins a growing number of House members announcing they will retire or not seek reelection at the end of ...
12/07/2023

Kevin McCarthy joins a growing number of House members announcing they will retire or not seek reelection at the end of their terms. Mr. McCarthy, however, will begin his retirement at the end of December, requiring the California governor to schedule a special election to fill his seat. Learn more via the Washington Post. What do you think about Kevin McCarthy's retirement and the announcements by more than three dozen others to resign?

“I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways,” McCarthy said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “I know my work is only getting started.”

 : H.R.4468 - Choice in Automobile Retail Sales ActThis bill prohibits EPA from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing i...
12/06/2023

: H.R.4468 - Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act

This bill prohibits EPA from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing its May 2023 proposed rule establishing updated emission standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles beginning in model year 2027.

It also amends the Clean Air Act to prevent EPA from issuing any motor vehicle emission and pollution standards that either mandate the use of a specific technology or would limit the availability of new motor vehicles based on their engine type. Within 24 days of enactment, the EPA must modify any existing motor vehicle emission standards to comply with the measure's provisions.

Know and : Should Congress pass H.R.4468, the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act? https://bit.ly/4a2Fib0

Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place. - Rosalynn Carter CNN t...
12/05/2023

Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place. - Rosalynn Carter

CNN takes a look back at a life well-lived.

Representative George Santos was expelled from Congress last week, becoming just the sixth representative in U.S. histor...
12/05/2023

Representative George Santos was expelled from Congress last week, becoming just the sixth representative in U.S. history to be expelled and the first Republican. Axios explains expulsion and its history in Congress.

The New York Republican is the first person since 2002 to be expelled from the House.

Could our democracy benefit from the AI revolution? The Brookings Institution explores the benefits and challenges that ...
12/01/2023

Could our democracy benefit from the AI revolution? The Brookings Institution explores the benefits and challenges that artificial intelligence could bring to democratic governance.

Advancements in artificial intelligence create meaningful opportunities to strengthen democracy and pose serious risks to election integrity.

We appreciate our small business members who take time out of their busy schedules to provide real insight into factors ...
11/30/2023

We appreciate our small business members who take time out of their busy schedules to provide real insight into factors impacting their businesses. In our Q3 , NWYC member Nick McMahon, president of McMahon Airborne Logistics in Canton, Michigan, shared comments on taxes and interest rates as his biggest concerns moving into Q4 and 2024. Thank you for using your voice for America. Discover complete index findings here: https://bit.ly/3sw842O

The IRS has again delayed the $600 1099-K tax reporting threshold from taking effect. The delay means casual sellers who...
11/29/2023

The IRS has again delayed the $600 1099-K tax reporting threshold from taking effect. The delay means casual sellers who use platforms like Venmo and PayPal won’t receive the 1099-K form next year unless they have over $20,000 and 200 transactions. A phased-in approach based on the amount transferred will be enacted in 2025. Learn more via CBS News.

Tax agency also said it will boost the reporting threshold to $5,000, from $600, in 2024 as it phases in the new regulation.

While there is no single best way to communicate with elected officials, some constituents are trying older technology m...
11/28/2023

While there is no single best way to communicate with elected officials, some constituents are trying older technology methods to find a way to express their opinions on pressing issues. The Washington Post follows the return of faxing. Best practices when communicating with legislators include mentioning a specific bill number if one is available, keeping your message concise, and having a specific ask within your message.

Frustrated by full voice-mail inboxes and unreturned emails, some Americans are sending faxes to senators and representatives to ask for a cease-fire in Gaza.

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