Shutdown: Day One

The federal government shutdown is now in full effect. Initially many federal workers were allowed to go into work this morning to receive furlough notices and implement shutdown plans – cancelling meetings, setting up out-of-office replies on email, and dropping off their Blackberries with IT personnel. And while there are some federal workers who have… Read More


Senate Sends Amended CR Back to the House

Today, the Senate approved an amended version of the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government running when the fiscal year ends on September 30th. The Senate-amended version strips out the House language defunding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changes the end date of the CR from December 15th to November 15th…. Read More


To Shutdown, or Not to Shutdown…

That is the question on everyone’s minds. Today the Senate will offer amendments to the House-passed continuing resolution with the expectation that they will vote on the modified bill no later than Sunday and send it back to the House for consideration. House Republican leadership is already formulating a strategy to further modify the Senate-amended… Read More


Eight Days to End of Fiscal Year

There are just eight days left in the current federal fiscal year yet there is no certainty as to how lawmakers will resolve their partisan differences before October 1st. The continuing resolution (CR) approved by the House last Friday will be the focus in the Senate where they will attempt to modify the bill before… Read More


And We’re Back… To Fiscal Issues

What a difference a couple of days makes here in the nation’s capitol. On Monday, President Obama and Congress were still projecting a vote to take military action in Syria. But this morning it appears that the pause button has been pushed on that topic and lawmakers are once again turning to fiscal issues. Late… Read More


This Week in Congress

Congress returned from their five-week August recess today. There are a few issues of interest to us that they are expected to tackle in the next couple months, but much of the legislative calendar has been rearranged around the situation in Syria. Below are a couple of hearings this week that have been confirmed and… Read More


WA Member Bills

Below are a couple of recently introduced bills by our own Washington congressional delegation that we are tracking. More information about these bills can be found at thomas.loc.gov HR 2105 – Information Technology Exchange Program Act of 2013 Sponsor: Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) Introduced: 5/22/2013 Current Status: Referred to House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee… Read More


Recently Introduced Bills Concerning Ocean Clean Up

There have been a couple of bills introduced this summer surrounding the issue of ocean cleanup in the wake of disaster and preventing future damage to oceans. Below is a quick overview and analysis of a couple of these bills that we have been keeping our eye on. S 1162 – A bill to authorize… Read More


Overview of STEM Education Bills Recently Introduced

Several bills have been introduced this summer surrounding the issue of STEM Education from elementary school through college, with the aim of increasing access for students to these subjects and preparing them for the 21st century workforce. Below is a quick overview and analysis of a few of these bills that we have been keeping… Read More


Student Loan Bill Approved by Congress

Last night, the House approved the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act (HR 1911). This bill: Sets the annual interest rate on Direct Stafford loans and Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans issued to undergraduate students at the rate on high-yield 10-year Treasury notes plus 2.05%, but caps that rate at 8.25%; Sets the annual interest rate on… Read More