Federal Relations

Washington Post Article on Obama Student Aid Reforms

Today’s Washington Post has a very informative article on President Obama’s proposals to increase student aid for college students. The article focuses on an increase in the Pell Grant program through elimination of the Federal Family Education Loan Program, and expansion of the Perkins Loan program. May 4th Washington Post: Proposals Would Transform College Aid

NHA Releases FY10 Budget Advocacy Update

Provided by the National Humanities Alliance NATIONAL HUMANITIES ALLIANCE TESTIFIES FOR INCREASED NEH FUNDING On Thursday, April 23, National Humanities Alliance Vice President and American Council of Learned Societies President, Pauline Yu, testified before the House Interior, Environment, & Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for increased funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Ms. Yu

This Week on the Hill

April 27-May 1 The newest member of the House, Scott Murphy, D-NY, is expected to be sworn in early in the week. This Week in the House Under suspension of the rules: H Con Res 99 — Early educator wages H Res 335 — National Volunteer Week H Res 344 — NCAA women’s basketball HR

National Science Board Recommends Comprehensive Federal Strategy to Transform U.S. Energy Economy

National Science Foundation Press Release, April 14, 2009 The National Science Board (NSB) today released a draft report, “Building a Sustainable Energy Future,” for public review and comment.  The report calls on the nation to lead the fundamental transformation of the current energy economy from one that is dependent on fossil fuel to one that thrives on

National Service Bill Awaits President Obama

Before the commencement of the April District Work Period, Congress gave final approval to Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the Corporation for National and Community Service for the first time since its inception in 2003 and significantly expands national service opportunities. See below for an overview of the legislation. President

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Patent Reform Legislation

On Thursday April 2nd, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Patent Reform Act of 2009 (S. 515) by 15-4 vote after an agreement was reach on how to award damages in infringement cases. The bill establishes judges as the mechanism for deciding hwat evidence can be presented to juries in determining how to award damages.  Additionally,

President Obama Nominates Under Secretary of Education

On April 1st, President Obama nominated Martha Kanter to serve as Under Secretary of Education -the nation’s top post-secondary education post. If confirmed, Dr. Kanter would be the first community college official to serve at or above the number 3 slot in the Department of Education. Excerpt from Biography  Martha J. Kanter is chancellor of the

Omnibus Lands Measure Ready for Obama’s Signature

The House yesterday passed HR 146, which contains more than 150 measures to designate more than 2 million acres of new wilderness areas, including wild and scenic rivers, historic sites, scenic trails and protected lands.  This should have been a non-controversial bill, but disagreement arose over the issue of gun rights in national parks.   The

AAU Provides Humanities Advocacy Materials

The Association of American Universities has posted on its website materials for advocacy on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The materials include a document on the importance of NEH and the humanities—with a focus on the restoration of funding for core program divisions and the creation of a new graduate education program—with

House and Senate Judiciary Committees Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

On March 3rd, the House and Senate judiciary committees introduced bipartisan patent reform legislation. The legislation has been considered by the previous two Congresses with little result to date. The Patent Reform Act of 2009 was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and by Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Lamar Smith

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