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September 28, 2015

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…


July 21, 2015

Senate Finance Passes Tax Extenders

The Senate Finance Committee marked up and passed a tax extenders package today by a vote of 23-3. The bill , among many other proposed tax breaks, would extend the teacher tax credit, the above the line deduction for qualified tuition and expenses, and the research tax deduction all through the end of 2016. A number of…


July 16, 2015

Senate Passes ESEA

Today, the Senate finished its debate and votes on amendments to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In total, of the 79 amendments that were voted on, 66 were adopted and 13 failed. The Senate has passed a bipartisan overhaul of the long-expired No Child…


July 9, 2015

House Pulls FY16 Interior Bill

The House has pulled their FY16 Interior Appropriations bill amid controversy of a Confederate flag amendment. The House has previously considered and passed three amendments restricting funding for federal lands displaying the Confederate flag. Due to Republican concerns these restrictions might impose, an additional amendment was proposed to allow funding on federally owned park land…


House Turns to 21st Century Cures

The House will consider HR 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The bipartisan bill modifies current federal processes involving medical research, developing drugs and other treatments, and testing and approving those drugs and treatments in an effort to accelerate the development and delivery of cures to diseases and medical conditions. It reauthorizes the National Institutes of…



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