Last Thursday and Friday, President Obama toured several colleges and universities touting a new plan for higher education access and affordability. The Offices of Planning & Budgeting and Federal Relations prepared a brief with additional information about this plan.
As part of the college road show President Obama is undertaking starting today, the White House has released a fact sheet on a series of proposals that the Administration will be promoting on higher education. Some of these proposals require legislative action by Congress, while some can be instituted by the Administration. Other proposals by the… Read More
The National Science Board, which is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation (NSF), has issued a call for nominations for candidates to serve on the Board for the years 2014-2020. Nominations are open now through Monday, July 29, 2013. The Board will assemble a group of candidates to submit to President Obama for nomination… Read More
Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) will begin implementing civilian furloughs to 650,000 civilian employees at installations across the country. The furloughs amount to a 20 percent cut in pay over the next three months. This means most furloughed employees face one day without pay for each week through the end of September. Initially, the Pentagon… Read More
In conjunction with his statement today, the President has released his Climate Action plan. A short overview of the plan can be found here, while the longer version can be found here – POTUS Climate Change Action Plan.
Today, the Senate confirmed Penny Pritzker as Secretary of Commerce by a vote of 97-1. Pritzker, a member of the family that owns Hyatt Hotels, was the national finance chairwoman of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and the national co-chairwoman of his reelection campaign. The Commerce Department is comprised of of 12 different agencies responsible for… Read More
President Barack Obama will unveil his climate change agenda during a speech around 2 p.m. Eastern this afternoon. The agenda is expected to combine both Executive Orders and a call to Congress to enact legislation. The new climate initiative will impose deadlines for EPA to write rules throttling carbon dioxide emissions at U.S. power plants, part… Read More
The House voted down the farm bill by a vote of 195-234 early this afternoon. Sixty-two Republicans voted against the measure while 24 Democrats voted for the measure. With that, the House is adjourned for the week. It is unclear major legislation, including student loans or appropriations measures, that the House will consider next week…. Read More
Senate Democrats, Republicans and the White House are reporting progress in negotiations to a student loan interest rate fix. A group of Democratic senators, including Jack Reed RI), Joe Manchin III (WV), and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with independent Angus King (ME), have been conferring with Senate Republicans over the past 24 hours. The plan, which is broadly based on the president’s budget… Read More
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2013 Student Volunteer Program. The application deadline is 11:59pm EST Friday, June 28th. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Fall 2013 semester are welcome to apply. Click here for more information about OSTP and… Read More