Federal Relations

February 1, 2013

This Week in Congress

A roundup of bills introduced this week that may be of interest to the higher education community:

H.R. 359: A bill to establish and operate a National Center for Campus Public Safety. The bill would provide grants to institutions of higher education to assist in carrying out the functions of the Center. 
Sponsor: Robert Scott (D-VA) Introduced: 1/23/2013 Last Major Action: Referred to House Judiciary Committee Cosponsors: 2

S. 39: A bill to improve the health of Americans and reduce health care costs by reorienting the Nation’s health care system toward prevention, wellness and health promotion. The bill would aim to provide equal physical activity opportunities for students with disabilities at elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.
Sponsor: Tom Harkin (D-IA) Introduced: 1/22/2013 Last Major Action: Referred to the Senate Finance Committee Cosponsors: 0

S. 169: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States.
Sponsor: Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Introduced: 1/29/2013 Last Major Action: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee Cosponsors: 14

S.193: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for startup businesses to use a portion of the research and development credit to offset payroll taxes.
Sponsor: Chris Coons (D-DE) Introduced: 1/31/2013 Last Major Action: Referred to Senate Finance Committee Cosponsors: 6

The full text of these bills can be found by searching for their respective bill number at thomas.loc.gov