Pell Grant Funding on Post-Election Agenda

On November 15th, it is expected that Members of Congress will return to DC to address unfinished legislation before adjourning for the year. Several items of note are likely to considered, including additional funding to fill a shortfall in the Pell grant program. The anticipated $5.7 billion shortfall was created by increased student eligibility for… Read More


Associations Convey FY 12 Higher Ed Priorities to OMB

This week two higher education associations – the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) sent collaborative letters to the Obama Administration asking the White House to make higher education a priority in their FY 12 budget. The first letter called for the administration to again propose… Read More


Short-term CR Advances, Pell Shortfall Left Out

With fiscal year 2011 set to begin on Friday October 1st and none of the 12 spending bills yet signed into law, Congress will need to pass a continuing resolution (CR) in order to keep the government functioning. A CR typically funds government operations on a temporary basis, at the previous year’s spending levels, in… Read More


Congress Comes Back to Work

Congress returns to work this week for a final few weeks of work before the November elections.  While there is plenty of legislating to do, I don’t expect that we’ll see much action with most major issues being delayed until the post-election lame-duck session.  The only thing that Congress MUST act on before October 1st… Read More


Murray Amendment Advances Crucial State Funding

The Senate today passed a crucial amendment that will help states avoid education job losses, and provides desperately needed Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) payments to states . The FMAP/Teacher Jobs Bill passed the senate on a vote of 61-39 and will now be sent to the House where most expect it to pass and then sent to… Read More


FY11 Appropriations Update

***Updated 8/5/10 House and Senate Appropriations committees and subcommittees made substantial movement in their consideration of FY11 appropriations bills during the monthy of July. However, concerns over the federal deficit combined with the associated election year politics have cast a shadow over the appropriations process. Although appropriations bills will continue to advance through committee, it remains unlikely that most… Read More


COMPETES Act Heading for the Senate Floor

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has approved — with bi-partisan support — its portion of the America COMPETES Act (S. 3605). The bill provides for three-year authorizations for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). An authorization for the Department of Energy Office of Science is… Read More


White House Releases S&T Priorities for FY12

On July 21st, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), issued a joint memorandum directing the heads of agencies and departments in their FY2012 budget submissions to reallocate resources from low priority areas to science and technology (S&T) efforts that would address six specific challenges…. Read More


Domestic Spending to be Removed From Emergency Supplemental

House leaders appear poised to acquiesce to the reality that the Senate lacks the votes to include funding for domestic priorities, such as saving K-12 teacher jobs and filling the Pell Grant shortfall, in the fiscal year 2010 emergency supplemental spending bill that is being considered on Capitol Hill. The supplemental spending bill is primarily intended… Read More


Congress Returns to a Packed Three Week Agenda

This week, Congress returns from its week-long July 4th state/district work period (recess) with a long list of things to do before it breaks again for 5 weeks at the end of the month. Foremost on the to-do list is passage of the FY10 supplemental spending bill that contains funding for military operations in Afghanistan and… Read More