Federal Relations

July 30, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, July 27-31

Here’s a sampling of articles the Federal Relations team have been enjoying this week. Senate Meltdown – It’s hot in DC but it’s hotter in the Senate Republican caucus. The Senate was in session last weekend to get the highway trust fund reauthorized, but that session broke down as Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike

July 29, 2015

Senate HELP Hearing on Sexual Assault

The Senate HELP Committee’s will hold another hearing related to the Higher Education Act reauthorization today. This hearing will focus on combating campus sexual assault. Sexual assault is one of four key areas for which Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) established staff working groups to guide the committee’s reauthorization process.  Sen. Alexander is in

July 27, 2015

ED Secretary Duncan Outlines HEA Agenda

At a speech today at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Education Secretary Arne Duncan outlined the Administration’s priorities for a higher education reauthorization.The bulk of the remarks focused on affordability, which has been a focus for the Obama Administration for nearly his whole tenure. Secretary Duncan reiterated the dual goals of paying for college

Appropriations Process Stalled

Congress is beginning to wrap up their work in preparation for their August break. Later this week, House members are expected to leave until after Labor Day. The Senate is scheduled to be in session next week, but they could decide to wrap up sooner. Regardless, lawmakers will be leaving DC with no real movement

July 23, 2015

House Looking at a Continuing Resolution

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today said that Congress will need a continuing resolution before the end of the FY2015, which is September 30th. There are three types of federal appropriations measures. Regular appropriations bills provide most of the funding that is provided in all appropriations measures for a fiscal year and must be enacted

What We’re Reading This Week, July 20-24

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations office is reading this week. Aliens – Stephen Hawking and Russian entrepreneur and VC, Yuri Milner, have announced a $100 million effort to search for alien life called Breakthrough Listen. Recent discoveries have shown the building blocks to life exist in abundance elsewhere in the universe. Milner’s also

July 21, 2015

Senate Finance Passes Tax Extenders

The Senate Finance Committee marked up and passed a tax extenders package today by a vote of 23-3. The bill , among many other proposed tax breaks, would extend the teacher tax credit, the above the line deduction for qualified tuition and expenses, and the research tax deduction all through the end of 2016. A number of

July 20, 2015

Senate Hearing on HEA

The Senate will be holding a hearing on the HEA this Wednesday entitled Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities within Innovation. The hearing will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, July 22. Watch the hearing here. 

Debt Limit Battle on the Horizon

Both the House and Senate are out today, but return to the Capitol Tuesday with just two weeks left before the House is scheduled to take its summer recess. The Senate will follow suit in three weeks – unless they too decide to call it good and leave town with the House. In that meantime,

July 17, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, July 13-17

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations staff are enjoying this week. The BIG One – The Cascadia Subduction zone has experienced a tremendous earthquake approximately every 245 years. It’s been 315 since the last major movement…we’re long over due. Scientists at UW and OSU are working to determine when, how and what the impacts

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