Federal Relations

May 19, 2015

FY16 House DOD and Senate E&W Appropriations Bills Released

House and Senate appropriators are in full swing working on the FY16 appropriations measures. House Appropriators released of a FY16 Defense appropriations measure that totals $578.6 billion. The bill, which the Subcommittee on Defense will mark up Wednesday, includes $88.4 billion for so-called Overseas Contingency Operations account. In total, the bill provides $578.6 billion in discretionary funding,

This Week in Congress, May 18-22

There’s lots to keep an eye on in committee this week! We’re paying particularly close attention to the 21st Century Cures markup in House Energy & Commerce, the CJS markup in House Appropriations, and the Higher Education Act hearing in Senate HELP. As always, committee work can be live-streamed on each committee’s website and select

May 13, 2015

21st Century Cures Proposes Funding Increase for NIH

The latest version of the 21st Century Cures Act was released this morning and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is scheduled to markup the measure on Thursday, May 14th. Like the discussion draft, the updated version provides for an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both through reauthorization

April 27, 2015

This Week in Congress, April 27 – May 1

It’s another busy week on Capitol Hill. Here are some of the hearings we’re paying attention to this week. TUESDAY, APRIL 28 Senate HELP MEDICAL INNOVATION FOR PATIENTS 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 9 a.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Appropriations

April 22, 2015

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY16 Discretionary Spending Levels

The House Appropriations Committee adopted Fiscal Year 2016 subcommittee discretionary allocations, also known as 302(b)s, by voice vote following two markups Wednesday. The 302(b)s are the levels of federal discretionary spending per measure and the adoption will allow the committees to move forward with their work in crafting the 12 annual appropriations measures. In addition,

April 20, 2015

This Week in Congress, April 20-24

Here are the committee hearings we’re monitoring this week. MONDAY, APRIL 20 Conferences Committee Meetings FISCAL 2016 BUDGET 3 p.m. April 20, 106 Dirksen Bldg. Senate-House Budget Conference meeting to consider the Senate- and House-passed fiscal 2016 budget bills.   TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation TELEHEALTH EXPANSION 10 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg.

March 9, 2015

ESEA Heads for Markup Mid-April

Senators Alexander and Murray announced significant progress in negotiations with their intent to mark up the reauthorization, and potential overhaul, of No Child Left Behind or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) the week of April 13. The senators’ announcement follows weeks of speculation over whether lawmakers will finish negotiating the bill. The progress in the Senate

February 26, 2015

Senate Releases Sexual Assault Legislation

Today, Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have reintroduced the Campus Accountability & Safety Act (CASA) for the 114th Congress with a group of ten bipartisan Senators cosponsoring. The House is also expected to drop a companion bill in the near future. Last Congress, CASA caused many issues for the higher education community with the scope and

February 24, 2015

New Plan for Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

For the fourth time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was unable evening to call up a $39.7 billion House-passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill on Monday evening amid united Democratic opposition to provisions blocking recent executive action on immigration riders. Following the failure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to consider a standalone bill narrowly targeting

February 19, 2015

What We’re Reading, February 16

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team were particularly interested in this week. Picking Fights – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has moved on from picking on labor unions and has picked a new nemesis: public universities! The fight is being viewed as his way of getting more notice before running for President in

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