Federal Relations


January 25, 2016

Snow Week

Congress has screeched to a halt this week as DC continues to be quagmired in snow by Snowzilla. A blizzard that blanketed the Northeast this weekend has disrupted the congressional calendar, with the House canceling all votes for the week and the Senate pushing its first vote to Wednesday evening. Congressional Democrats still plan on gather…

January 22, 2016

DC Paralyzed by Snow, Watch Live!!

The DC, Maryland and Virginia area has been preparing all week for ever increasing snow forecasts. Nothing scares the District more than weather. Check out the professional predictions of the Capitol’s impending doom at The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, or you can watch storm Jonas LIVE courtesy of Speaker Paul Ryan.    

November 19, 2015

House Pushes “Pause” on Syria Refugees

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to slap stringent — and difficult to implement — new screening procedures on refugees from Syria seeking resettlement, seizing on the fear stemming from the Paris attacks. The bill passed by a vote of 289 to 137 with nearly 50 Democrats in support even after Administration officials implored congressional Democrats to vote…

September 29, 2015

NEH Turns 50

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) turns fifty today and is kicking off a year long celebration. Fifty years ago, on September 29, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. The law created the National Endowment…

September 21, 2015

Pope Week with China Too!

Originally this week was scheduled to be a recess week to observe Yom Kippur, but Congress is back this week to welcome Pope Francis to town. Incidentally, the Pope’s visit to DC is just one of series of high profile visitors. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain were in town last week for a…

June 17, 2015

White House Signals Concerns with FY16 House’s Financial Services and Senate’s Defense Funding Bills

Continuing its theme, the White House, though the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan, signaled concerns with two more Congressional appropriations bills. Donovan wrote the House Appropriators about the FY16 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill and Senate Appropriators about the FY16 Defense appropriations bill. The White House warned…

December 19, 2014

Sine Die on the 113th Congress

The 113th Congress came to a close on Wednesday December 17th. The House and Senate adjourned Sine Die, the House on Friday, December 12 and the Senate on late Tuesday, December 16th, officially ending the 113th Congress. The 114th Congress will convene on January 6th, 2015. President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” spending bill…

November 18, 2014

Congressman Rush Holt to lead AAAS

Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., who is retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of this year, has agreed to become chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals for American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), He will succeed Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., who had previously announced that he would be…

May 5, 2014

New Report on Trends in State Funding for Higher Education

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a study late last week about national trends in state funding allocations to public higher educational institutions. The report explains broad national trends in cost shifting of tuition from the state to the student. Overall, after counting for inflation, forty-eight states are still spending less per student in…

February 11, 2014

House Passes Clean Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling

With a vote of 221-201 , the House voted to suspend the debt limit for one year without requiring any offsets. Earlier this week, the House had floated the idea of adding military COLA pay to the measure, but ultimately that proposal and other additions were squashed. The measure narrowly passed and only passed with the help…

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