Federal Relations

January 19, 2015

This Week in Congress, January 19-23

It’s a short week due to the Martin Luther King holiday, but a full one nonetheless. President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday evening and House and Senate committees get moving on issues that are sure to be significant in the 114th Congress. We’ll be paying attention to the following hearings

January 13, 2015

Kilmer to Join House Appropriations Committee

Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-6) has been selected by his Democratic colleagues to fill a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for discretionary spending on government agencies and programs. He is the only new Democrat to land a spot on the powerful spending panel for the 114th Congress. Each year the committee’s 12 subcommittees

January 12, 2015

This Week in Congress

The House begins consideration of a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the duration of FY15. You’ll recall DHS was not included in the FY15 CRomnibus so that the new Republican Congress could attempt to block President Obama’s executive order on immigration. However, the White House has promised to veto any attempt

November 20, 2014

House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs Announced

Today House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers announced the Republican Steering Committee has approved the 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs for the 114th Congress. In a statement, Chairman Rogers said, “The 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen are essential to this success. They lead the way in overseeing our federal agencies, and guide spending decisions to make the most

November 10, 2014

This Week in Congress

Following last week’s election and the October recess, Congress returns to work in the capitol this week.  Both the House and Senate will reconvene on Wednesday, November 12 at 2 p.m. Here are a few committee hearings we’re paying attention to this week. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Senate Appropriations Committee EBOLA OUTBREAK GOVERNMENT RESPONSE Nov. 12,

October 30, 2014

ED announces new IFLE Deputy Assistant Secretary

Today the Department of Education announced Mohamed Abdel-Kader will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) in the Office of Postsecondary Education. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of IFLE, Mohamed will “have responsibility for encouraging and promoting the study of foreign languages and the study of the cultures of other countries

October 22, 2014

ED Announces Final Rule on PLUS Loans

The US Department of Education will publish new rules in the Federal Register tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) that are intended to strengthen the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program.  The new regulations aim to expand access to higher education and better reflect programmatic changes that have occurred since the PLUS loan program began more than 20

September 11, 2014

OSTP Accepting Internship Applications for Spring 2015

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program.  The application deadline is 11:59pm October 17, 2014.  The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific

July 31, 2014

House Melts Down

In what was supposed to be the last series of votes before the August Recess, the House has pulled a vote for legislation that would fund the border crisis. Both an emergency funding measure and a measure  to limit the Deferred Action on Child Arrivals (DACA) program, for which consideration was dependent on the funding measure

July 30, 2014

McCaskill Introduces Sexual Assault Legislation

Today US Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is introducing The Bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act. The legislation will address sexual assault on college and university campuses throughout the nation. The bill has bipartisan support with sponsorship from Republican Senators Heller (R-NV), Grassley (R-IA), Ayotte (R-NH) and Rubio (R-FL) and Democratic Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Gillibrand

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