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September 19, 2016

Senate Moves Vote Back

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the the procedural vote (cloture vote) to proceed with the continuing resolution has been moved. The vote is now scheduled to take place at 2:15 pm on Tuesday. Stay tuned.


September 12, 2016

House Oversight to Hold Hearing on Endowments

The House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight will hold a hearing on university endowments tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th at 10 AM/ET. Titled, “Back to School: A Review of Tax-Exempt College and University Endowments,” the hearing is following up on an October 2015 hearing on, “The Rising Costs of Higher Education and Tax Policy.” The committee…


September 6, 2016

They’re BACK!!!!

After seven weeks of recess, the House and Senate are back to work today.  Congressional lawmakers now have approximately 17 legislative days to figure out how to avoid a government shutdown before the new fiscal year (FY 2017) begins on October 1. As we saw last year (a non-election year), coming to an agreement on how to allocate…


July 18, 2016

Off to Convention

Congress has left town for its seven-week summer recess, having made progress on considering FY 2017 appropriations measures, but both chambers left town without a clear path forward. For the first time in many years (since FY 2010), the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved all 12 of their respective FY17 appropriations bills, although none…


July 11, 2016

Last Week!!!

With only five days left before a seven-week summer recess, Congress will at least try to keep up appearances. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to complete work on the final two of the 12 annual spending bills needed to fund the government for FY 2017. Meanwhile, the full House is set to vote on its FY…


July 8, 2016

House Approves Opioid Conference Report

In a remarkable change of pace, the House and Senate came to a conference agreement on S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act this Wednesday. The agreement contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment,…


July 7, 2016

House Committee Moves Forward with Labor-H

The House Appropriations subcommittee marked up the FY 2017 Labor-H appropriations measure today. The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and other related agencies. No report language has been released, so details of the bill will likely remain unclear until full committee…


July 6, 2016

Lawmakers Agree on FAA Extension to Sept. 30, 2017

Today, the House and Senate aviation committee leaders from both parties agreed on a reauthorization of aviation programs through Sept. 30, 2017, at current funding levels. The current authorization (PL 114-141) expires July 15. The measure includes provisions designed to reduce the risk of drone accidents and establishes a process for the FAA to designate drone…


June 10, 2016

Labor-HHS-Ed Passes Senate Appropriations

This week the Senate Committee on Appropriations took action on the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations measure.  Most notably, the measure provides a $2 billion bump for the National Institutes of Health and restores year-round Pell Grants.  National Institutes of Health is funded at $34 billion in the proposal, a 6.3% increase above FY2016. This includes: $300 million for the Precision Medicine Initiative,…


June 6, 2016

Congress Gets Back to Work for the Long Slog

The House and Senate return to work this week in what will be the largest number of consecutive legislative days prior to the August Recess.  Both legislative bodies will push pause and briefly come together for a joint session to receive Indian Prime Minister Modi. The Senate returns today to resume consideration on its FY 2017 National…



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