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July 15, 2016

Trump Picks a Running Mate

Donald Trump has picked Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate, turning to a well-established conservative who brings government experience to the Republican presidential ticket. Gov, Pence is a 57-year-old former radio host and congressman as well as a well-known social conservative and could soothe right-leaning voters who are skeptical of Mr. Trump’s views on…


June 14, 2016

White House Threatens to Veto House Defense Measure

This week President Obama threatened to veto to House version of the annual defense appropriations legislation in a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP). Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the SAP disapproves of the shifting of  $16 billion in war funds to the Pentagon’s base budget, funding overseas contingencies only through next April. The…


June 11, 2016

New Regulations for For-Profits Proposed

This week the Department of Education proposed new regulations to make it simpler for defrauded for-profit college students to have their loans forgiven and bans mandatory arbitration clauses in enrollment agreements.  In addition, the proposal provides ED with the ability to require for-profits to post collateral if officials have concern regarding the institution’s financial stability…


March 25, 2016

NIH Reinforces Commitment to Basic Science

This week Dr. Francis Collins and senior leadership at NIH published a letter in Science reinforcing the agency’s commitment to basic science and introducing a revision to our grant application instructions. The updated instructions will ensure that the public health relevance statement in grant applications better reflects the full spectrum of the NIH mission and its commitment to support…


March 1, 2016

Super Tuesday!

Today voters in twelve states – 11 Democratic and 11 Republican – will gather together to nominate their party’s candidate for President of the United States. On the Democratic side, Super Tuesday could be Hillary Clinton’s opportunity to pull away from Bernie Sanders. There are 889 delegates up for grabs in eleven states – Alabama…


February 3, 2016

Department of Education Seeks Summer Interns

The Department of Education announced it is recruiting interns for Summer 2016. The program is sure provide opportunities to learn about education policy in the nation’s capital. From the ED Homeroom blog: “Have you ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience…


January 25, 2016

Snow Week

Congress has screeched to a halt this week as DC continues to be quagmired in snow by Snowzilla. A blizzard that blanketed the Northeast this weekend has disrupted the congressional calendar, with the House canceling all votes for the week and the Senate pushing its first vote to Wednesday evening. Congressional Democrats still plan on gather…


November 19, 2015

Moody’s Tuition Survey Assumes New Norm

Declining enrollment, state tuition caps and affordability concerns are among the drivers of what Moody’s Investors Service is calling a “new normal” for U.S. colleges – minimal year-over-year growth in net tuition revenue, or the amount colleges make off tuition after distributing financial aid. Moody’s said in its annual tuition survey that it expects last year’s 2-percent…


July 6, 2015

This Week in Congress, July 6-10

Congress is back in session today after a break for the Independence Day holiday. This week the Senate takes up floor consideration of the No Child Left Behind overhaul while the House’s floor action will focus on Interior-Environment Appropriations, the Student Success Act, and, notably, 21st Century Cures. Here’s what we’re watching in committee-land: TUESDAY,…


June 22, 2015

This Week in Congress, June 22-26

TUESDAY, JUNE 23 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION 3 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Markup Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: TRANSPORTATION-HUD 10 a.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Markup   WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 House Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION 10:15 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg. Full Committee Markup   THURSDAY, JUNE 25 House Foreign Affairs CHINA…



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