Federal Relations

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Committees

Here are a few committee hearings we’ll be following this week. THURSDAY, JULY 28 House Energy & Commerce Committee Patient Care Legislation (HR 4067) Subcommittee Markup 3 PM; 2123 Rayburn House Building FRIDAY, JULY 29 House Science, Space & Technology National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Subcommittee Hearing 10 AM; 2318 Rayburn House Building SATURDAY, JULY

Rep. Ryan Anti-Poverty Plan and Higher Education

On Thursday, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced what he is calling  a new anti-poverty plan that proposes sweeping changes to the safety net through a state-led pilot program. Announced at the the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Ryan’s plan calls for streamlining the student-aid system, capping federal loans to parents and graduate students, a database for tracking recipients of

White House Initiative Releases Financial Aid Guide for Hispanic Students

The White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics released a new guide on financial aid today. Available in both Spanish and English, the guide consolidates and outlines existing resources in a culturally relevant way for Hispanic students. The guide aims to better support these students in their efforts to enroll in and pay for

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