Federal Relations

January 28, 2015

Senate HELP Approves Education Research Bill

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved the Strengthening Education through Research Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize research programs at the Department of Education. The panel approved the bill (S. 227) last year, as well, but it was not approved by the full Senate. The measure has strong support in the House, where it passed last year,

Senate HELP Committee Approves Education Research Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved S227, the Strengthening Educational through Research Act, which would reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act (ERSA). A nearly identical measure was passed by the full House and the Senate HELP Committee last year but, unfortunately, was not considered by the full Senate for approval

President Obama Drops Controversial 529 Plan

President Obama has officially dropped the proposal outlined in his recent State of the Union Address that would eliminate the tax advantage of 529 investment programs after facing severe push-back from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and parents across the country. Per the proposal, any money earned from future contributions to 529 college

January 26, 2015

OSTP Accepting Applications for Summer Interns

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is 11:59pm Sunday, March 15. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled in an academic program are welcome to apply. The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President

This Week in Congress, January 26

Tuesday, January 27 Senate HELP NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND AND TEACHERS 10 a.m., 216 Hart Bldg. Full Committee Hearing House Budget CBO BUDGET AND ECONOMIC FORECAST / Full Listing Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m., 210 Cannon Bldg. Full Committee Hearing House Science, Space and Technology CYBERSECURITY ISSUES 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing House Veterans

January 23, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, January 19

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is reading this week: Meetings! – A guide on how to make the most of your DC visit. From Roll Call. Due North – President Obama has issued an Executive Order on creating an Arctic Executive Steering Committee to eliminate overlapping areas of responsibility within the federal government and better

January 20, 2015

State of The Union

Tonight at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific, President Obama is scheduled to give his 6th State of the Union address to Congress. The White House has been previewing certain initiatives, such as two years of free community college and paid sick leave, in advance of the speech tonight. Tonight, however, the crux of his speech is

January 19, 2015

This Week in Congress, January 19-23

It’s a short week due to the Martin Luther King holiday, but a full one nonetheless. President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday evening and House and Senate committees get moving on issues that are sure to be significant in the 114th Congress. We’ll be paying attention to the following hearings

January 16, 2015

Senate Introduces Two Immigration Bills

Two bills focusing on immigration were introduced today in the Senate, the Startup Act and the I-Squared bill. Both are designed to address STEM and high tech needs to encourage high-skilled immigrants remain in the US. The Start Up Act Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mark Warner (D-VA) reintroduced the Startup Act today. The bill, which has

January 15, 2015

House Passes DHS Appropriations and Raises Immigration Stakes

The House adjourned yesterday for the annual Republican retreat. But before they left, the House took steps to block major provisions of the president’s immigration policy announced in November of 2014. As an amendment to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY15, the House passed a series of amendments effectively blocking Obama’s executive action to shield millions

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