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June 24, 2015

House Committee Passes FY16 Labor-H

The House Appropriations Committee passed it’s FY16 Labor-H bill by a vote of 30-21. The passage came after hours of debate during which Democrats bitterly criticized funding levels for domestic discretionary accounts and saw a series of their amendments defeated. The bill is $3.7 billion below fiscal 2015 enacted levels and $14.6 billion below President Barack Obama’s…


White House Issues Veto Threat on House’s FY16 House Interior and OMB Letter on FY16 Labor-H Appropriations Bill

As discussed yesterday, the House’s FY16 Interior appropriations bill contained significant cuts and policy riders which would be of serious concern to the White House. Accordingly, the White House has issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) about the House’s draft bill, which includes a veto threat. Additionally, the OMB Director Donovan wrote a letter on the House’s…


June 23, 2015

Senate Subcommittee Passes FY16 Labor-H

The Senate Appropriations Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Labor Subcommittee considered and passed their FY16 Labor-H bill today. While the Senate version has a higher discretionary amount than the House version, which will need to be worked out in conference. Education Funding The Committee bill provides funding to increase the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,775…


More Details on House FY16 Labor-H

The House Appropriations Committee posted the committee report to their FY16 Labor, HHS, and Education (Labor-H) appropriations bill today giving additional insight to the legislation passed earlier last week. The bill provides a new maximum Pell award of $5,915 but discretionary funding is down $370 million. They take this money from the current surplus. The committee report states (page 133):…


June 17, 2015

Senate HELP Looks at Accreditation

The Senate HELP Committee is holding a hearing today on accreditation’s role in ensuring quality and how that  fits into the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The committee will hear from Peter Ewell, vice president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Thomas Edison State College President George Pruitt, and Albert Gray, president and CEO…


June 16, 2015

House Appropriators Releases FY16 Labor-H

House Appropriations Committee Republicans released their draft FY16 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor (Labor-H) spending plan earlier today, and Democrats are already protesting the proposal and calling for an end to the budget caps. The House Appropriations Labor-H Subcommittee is expected to consider and pass the measure tomorrow. The Labor-H bill may…


May 13, 2015

COMPETES Rule Yanked

The House Rules Committee cancelled their hearing to craft a rule for HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act. It is unknown at this time when the House Rules Committee will take up the measure or if this will delay the consideration of the measure last week.


April 30, 2015

More Books! Initiatives from the White House and Rep. Suzan DelBene

Today, President Barack Obama announced that major and independent book publishers are making 10,000 of their most popular titles available for free for low-income students through e-books, and effort estimated to be worth about $250 million. Obama said the devices will play a big part and a gap in access between low-income students and their peers still…


April 28, 2015

House Releases NASA Authorization

The House Science Committee released another two year reauthorization, this time it was for NASA. Chairman Lamar Smith released the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 today while also announcing the legislation’s markup for Thursday at 11 am.   The FY2016 and 2017 authorization would make deep cuts to NASA’s earth science program under either of…


April 24, 2015

House Passes Two Cyber Security Bills

It was cybersecurity week for the House as it considered and passed two measures dealing with cybersecurity and information sharing to better address cyber threats. Lawmakers, government officials and most industry groups have strongly backed this idea of needing to share information safely, and all made cyber info-sharing a top 2015 legislative priority. The House today wrapped up the work week…



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