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Government Affairs Update

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2014 Preview

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Immigration Reform (incl. JOLT Senate Act

)

Per Diem Rate Increase / GTAC

Sequester & Government ShutdownGrassroots Engagement

Recent 2013 Successes

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Workforce Issues

Labor/Living Wage

ACA Implementation

Immigration Reform

OTCs and Online Environment

Government Travel & TourismIncreased Member Involvement in Grassroots and HotelPAC

Key Areas of Focus: 2014

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2014: Workforce – Labor/Living Wage

Goals

:

Prevent “back door” regulations/rules

Redefine living wage discussion

Upcoming Supreme Court decision in Canning case; impact recent NLRB decisions

Organized labor working regulatory channels for new

rules; continue to monitor and respond as needed

Living wage fight heating up in

states; potential wage vote in Congress; we will be ready

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Goals:

Change full-time employee definition

Find

workable definition of seasonal

employee

Repeal auto-enroll mandateUnclear long-term guidance on seasonal, part-time, temp employeesCurrent rollout difficulties may give leverage

for future changes

P

ush Administration to act; develop tools and materials to assist members in compliance

2014: Workforce - ACA Implementation

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Goals:

Continued access

to

seasonal workforce

Creation of new lesser-skilled work category (“W” visa)

Reliable worker authorization systemAttention is in the House; Senate did its jobMOCs need to hear from constituents on its importanceTime is now through spring 2014 for action

2014: Workforce - Immigration Reform

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Goals:

Ensure level playing field between industry and OTCs on tax issue

Better position industry in online environment

OTCs quiet at federal level for now; focus on outreach and education efforts in Congress

State action in legislatures and courts continues; identify states to make proactive legislative play

Work with Innovation Council on larger online issues2014: OTCs / Online Environment

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Goals:

Redefine government travel debate

Improve access to U.S. for international travelers; ensure better travel experience

Per diem rates resolved for now; continue work with GTAC on other government travel issues

Bills introduced in Congress to limit government travel; proactively defend and educate

JOLT passage; part of Senate-passed immigration bill, standalone version in HouseEstablishing lodging-focused travel coalition

2014: Government Travel & Tourism

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Patent Reform:

Ensure end-user protections

Facilities Issues/ADA Compliance:

Limiting impact of harmful regulations

January – February Fiscal Cliff:

Find long-term solution before the 11th hour

Terrorism Risk Insurance:

Reauthorize program; current expiration date – Dec.

2014

Tax Reform:

Enact pro-growth policies

2014: Other Priority Areas

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Engagement is essential to future advocacy efforts

Focus on increasing

AH&LA member involvement

“Back of the House” tours

Issue toolkits

Capitol Hill updatesMember blastsTown Hall outreachMOCs MUST UNDERSTAND THE BREADTH, DEPTH, AND IMPORTANCE OF OUR INDUSTRY

Grassroots in 2014

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HotelPAC in 2014

Focus on increasing participation and dollars raised

Establish criteria for candidate support

Industry champions

Member of Congressional leadership

Committee assignmentsKey Congressional racesVoting record – development of scorecardAH&LA member

input

GOAL FOR 2014 CYCLE: $440K

(

currently at $189K)

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Vanessa Sinders

Senior Vice President

and Department Head

AH&LA Governmental Affairs

vsinders@ahla.com

(202) 289-3121


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