Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced in the last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: S. 514: A bill to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide additional educational assistance to veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, math, or an area that leads to employment in a high-demand… Read More


Latest CR & Budget Update

This has been a productive week in the world of Congressional Budgets and Appropriations. Congress is wrapping up work on a CR to keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year on September 30th and both House and Senate Budget Committees unveiled their FY14 budgets this week. FY13 Spending Package Nearing Passage… Read More


Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced in the last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: S. 440: A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for loan forgiveness for early childhood educators. Sponsor: Mark Begich (D-AK)  Introduced: 3/4/2013  Last Major Action: Referred to Senate Committee on Health,… Read More


This Week in Congress

Below are some congressional hearings scheduled for next week that we will be keeping our eye on and may be of interest to the UW community: Wednesday, March 13 House Appropriations FY14 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations 10 am, H-309 Capitol Building House Appropriations FY14 Homeland Security Appropriations 10 am, 2359 Rayburn House Appropriations FY14 Interior and Environment… Read More


Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced in the last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: S. 406: The “Students First Act” – a bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for new program review requirements. The bill is designed to go after ‘bad actors’ in higher education… Read More


Next Week in Congress

Below are some congressional hearings scheduled for next week that we will be keeping our eye on and may be of interest to the UW community: Tuesday, March 5 Senate Budget Wasteful Spending in the Tax Code 10 am, 608 Dirksen Senate Veterans’ Affairs & House Veterans’ Affairs Legislative Priorities of Veterans Organizations 10 am,… Read More


Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced in the last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: H.R. 700: A bill to direct the Secretary of Education to carry out the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education (ARPA-ED) to fund directed development projects to supported targeted breakthroughs in teaching and learning. Sponsor: George Miller (D-CA) … Read More


NIH Director Indicates Some Flexibility on Sequester Cut within Institute

NIH Director Francis Collins announced to reporters yesterday after a tour of facilities with Senator Mikulski (D-MD), that he had informed each director of the 27 individual institutes and centers that they will have the authority to determine how to take the looming 5.1% ($1.5 billion) sequester cut to NIH scheduled to take effect on… Read More


Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: H.R. 729: A bill to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to exempt the National Institutes of Health from sequestration under section 251A for fiscal 2013, and to reduce the sequestration by the… Read More


Obama Delivers State of the Union

Last night, President Barack Obama used his fifth State of the Union address to lay out an ambitious second term policy agenda.  The president called for comprehensive immigration reform, managing college costs, raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour, universal access to preschool for all four year olds, gun safety, climate change, $50 billion for… Read More