Federal Relations

March 27, 2015

What We’re Reading, March 23-27

Here’s a  selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations has been reading this week. Deal or No Deal? – The House Republicans and Democrats are increasingly optimistic that they have a deal to fix the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare. Maybe they will? Read more at The Hill. Not Anymore – And then,

Budgets, Doc Fix, and Reid Retiring

Breaking News: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not run for reelection in 2016, he said in a video message released this morning. Budget: GOP leaders in the House and Senate have achieved a major goal of approving their fiscal 2016 budget resolutions this week. The House approved their proposal on Wednesday with the Senate

March 23, 2015

Busy Budget Week in Congress

It’s shaping up to be a busy week as Capitol Hill continues its efforts to finally pass a repeal and replacement of the much-maligned Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) or “Doc Fix.” While a group of bipartisan legislative leaders released the broad outlines of a proposal last week, we are sure to see more detailed legislative

March 19, 2015

What We’re Reading, March 16-20

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. SXSW – An overview of the big issues heard at SXSWEdu. Read it at The Chronicle. NO! – A response to the Congressional Republican budgets, or 10 reasons not to cut education funding. From the White House blog.  We Did It Our

House Budget Bill — Update

After a marathon markup that ran late into the evening, the House Republicans passed the bill out of the Budget Committee along a party line vote this morning. Late last night, the House Republican caucus seemed sharply divided between defense hawks and those committed to cutting spending. According to an analysis from the Committee for Education Funding,

March 18, 2015

Senate Introduces Budget Resolution

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced the Senate Budget today, whihc differs in big ways from a House GOP blueprint introduced yesterday. Both aim to balance the budget (the Senate in 10 years, the House in nine) and both cut over $5 billion in spending (the Senate cuts $5.1 trillion and the House would cut

Tyler Clementi Bill Reintroduced

Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced the anti-harassment bill named for Tyler Clementi, the late Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide after being bullied over his sexual orientation. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015 requires colleges to establish policies to prohibit harassment based on race,

March 17, 2015

House Budget Released

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) released the House Republican budget draft today, which in recent years has been largely a political document. The House Democrats are expected to release a competing draft soon. The federal budget, while it does not become law, does have to pass both chambers of Congress and will guide the House and Senate

March 13, 2015

What We’re Reading, March 9-13

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is reading this week. Good Response – A reaction of how University of Oklahoma is reacting to video that surfaced of a fraternity signing a racist song. Read more at the Washington Post. Ready? Set? Go? – A look into colleges being ready to accept students who have

March 10, 2015

POTUS Announces Student Aid Bill of Rights

Today, President Barack Obama plans to unveil a “Student Aid Bill of Rights” designed to allow everyone to access and pay for quality higher education at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. An accompanying Presidential Memorandum contains several directives to federal agencies that officials say will make loan repayment easier and more equitable. While details are not fully known,

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