Federal Relations

October 1, 2015

Perkins Expires

Despite efforts of Senators Tammy Balwin (D-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Senate was unable to take up the House-passed measure to extend the Perkins program. After the House moved quickly this week to extend Perkins loans and send a measure to the Senate, the two Senate champions attempted to have the Senate quickly consider…

September 30, 2015

Shutdown Averted

Earlier this morning, the Senate passed a clean continuing resolution (CR) extending federal funding authority until December 11th. Last week, the Senate tried and failed to pass a CR which would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds. The measure failed, which cleared the way for the clean CR. Just now, the House cleared, 277-151, a…

September 29, 2015

Power Scramble for House GOP

With Boehner’s retirement announcement, his position, and the power of Speaker, is now up for grabs. His successor — Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is considered the front-runner — may have just as much difficulty in pacifying conservative Republicans willing to hold important legislation hostage to their priorities. Some ambitious members already in leadership vying to move up the ladder,…

September 28, 2015

Perkins Extension Passes House, Still In Danger

The House has passed by voice vote, HR 3594, a measure which would extend the Perkins program for a year until it may be fully considered with the impending Higher Education Act reauthorization, which is expected this fall and spring. The Perkins program would expire on September 30th without the extension. The Perkins program is…

Boehner’s Retirement Means CR Likely to Pass

With Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) surprise retirement announcement on Friday, the forecast for Congress to actually pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) and keep the federal government operating are better than ever. Last week, prior to Boehner’s announcement, the Senate failed to pass a CR because the legislation included language to withhold any federal funds going to Planned Parenthood….

September 24, 2015

Move to Defund Planned Parenthood Fails in Senate

Senate Democrats and a eight Republicans blocked a proposal that a constituted a continuing resolution that would run through December 11 and prohibit for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood or its affiliates unless they certify that they will not perform or fund abortions during that period. The Senate rejected, 47-52, the motion to invoke cloture on…

Perkins Deal Reached

The House and Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the Perkins program, which is set to expire in less than one week. On the House side, Reps. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced bi-partisan legislation extending the authorization of the Perkins Loan Program, which is similar to a measure the duo introduced in…

September 22, 2015

Continuing Resolution Released

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) just released the text of a short-term continuing resolution. Immediately following that announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered that CR as a substitute amendment to H.J.Res.61 and filed cloture on the amendment. That cloture vote is expected to occur Thursday afternoon at a time to be determined….

July 29, 2015

Senate HELP Hearing on Sexual Assault

The Senate HELP Committee’s will hold another hearing related to the Higher Education Act reauthorization today. This hearing will focus on combating campus sexual assault. Sexual assault is one of four key areas for which Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) established staff working groups to guide the committee’s reauthorization process.  Sen. Alexander is in…

July 23, 2015

House Looking at a Continuing Resolution

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today said that Congress will need a continuing resolution before the end of the FY2015, which is September 30th. There are three types of federal appropriations measures. Regular appropriations bills provide most of the funding that is provided in all appropriations measures for a fiscal year and must be enacted…

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