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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…


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…


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,…


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,…



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