Murray Amendment Advances Crucial State Funding

The Senate today passed a crucial amendment that will help states avoid education job losses, and provides desperately needed Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) payments to states . The FMAP/Teacher Jobs Bill passed the senate on a vote of 61-39 and will now be sent to the House where most expect it to pass and then sent to… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hill, June 1-4

Congress is in recess this week.  The Senate will resume Monday, June 7th at 2:00 pm and the House will resume Tuesday, June 8th at 2:00 pm.


Education Provisions in Tax Extension Bill

Before leaving for the Memorial Day congressional recess, the House passed a package of tax “extenders” (HR 4213) by a vote of 215 to 204.  It retroactively extended a number of expired provisions of interest to the higher education community, including:  the tuition deduction, the ability to “rollover” Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) without penalty; and,… Read More


Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill Unveiled

Yesterday, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) released their newly revised and long awaited energy and climate bill. Some of the key provisions of the legislation released today: Sets a “price collar” on carbon emissions, including predictable floor and a ceiling price. Industrial sources of carbon emissions are not regulated until 2016, after… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hill, April 12-16

MONDAY The House was not in session. The Senate met to consider HR 4851 — Short-term extensions of various programs  TUESDAY The House convenes at 2:00 pm to consider some minor bills under suspension of the rules.  Senate Foreign Relations marks up legislation on Peace Corps expansion (S 1382), Torture Victims Relief (S 2839), Water… Read More


Rep. McDermott Joins Colleagues in Push for NEH Increase

Washington Congressman Jim McDermott (7th District) joined 87 of his Colleagues in the House of Representatives to sign a Dear Colleague letter addressed to Interior Appropriations Chairman Jim Moran (D-VA) and Ranking Member Mike Simpson (R-ID).  The letter, requested $232.5 million in FY 2011 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities -an increase of… Read More


Patent Reform Legislation Re-Crafted in the Senate

The Senate has released an amended version of S. 515, the Patent Reform Act of 2009 that appears to address many of the hopes for a simplified, and increasingly objective and transparent patent system in the United States. Two reforms included in the legislation that are key to the higher education community include: harmonizing U.S. law with that… Read More


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Climate, Energy, and Sustainability

NSF 10-040 Dear Colleague Letter: Climate, Energy, and Sustainability Directorate for Biological Sciences, Directorate for Computer & Information Science and Engineering, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Directorate for Engineering, Directorate for Geosciences, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, Office of Integrative Activities, Office of… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hill, March 15-19

The House may take up the Senate-passed health care overhaul (HR 3590) bill this week as part of a two-step strategy to complete the legislation.  The House schedule also includes: a number of lands and government operations bills, including HR 1769, Washington rivers protection; bills to simplify language in government documents; to put Congressional Budget… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hill, March 1-5

The Senate resumes consideration Monday of a bill that would extend several expiring tax provisions and may also extend unemployment and COBRA health care benefits, as well as Medicaid funding.  A relatively light week is planned in the House, with the main floor action being on a bill intended to reduce the use of physical… Read More