Federal Relations


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,…

April 20, 2015

This Week in Congress, April 20-24

Here are the committee hearings we’re monitoring this week. MONDAY, APRIL 20 Conferences Committee Meetings FISCAL 2016 BUDGET 3 p.m. April 20, 106 Dirksen Bldg. Senate-House Budget Conference meeting to consider the Senate- and House-passed fiscal 2016 budget bills.   TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation TELEHEALTH EXPANSION 10 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg….

March 9, 2015

ESEA Heads for Markup Mid-April

Senators Alexander and Murray announced significant progress in negotiations with their intent to mark up the reauthorization, and potential overhaul, of No Child Left Behind or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) the week of April 13. The senators’ announcement follows weeks of speculation over whether lawmakers will finish negotiating the bill. The progress in the Senate…

February 26, 2015

Senate Releases Sexual Assault Legislation

Today, Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have reintroduced the Campus Accountability & Safety Act (CASA) for the 114th Congress with a group of ten bipartisan Senators cosponsoring. The House is also expected to drop a companion bill in the near future. Last Congress, CASA caused many issues for the higher education community with the scope and…

February 24, 2015

New Plan for Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

For the fourth time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was unable evening to call up a $39.7 billion House-passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill on Monday evening amid united Democratic opposition to provisions blocking recent executive action on immigration riders. Following the failure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to consider a standalone bill narrowly targeting…

February 19, 2015

What We’re Reading, February 16

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team were particularly interested in this week. Picking Fights – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has moved on from picking on labor unions and has picked a new nemesis: public universities! The fight is being viewed as his way of getting more notice before running for President in…

February 2, 2015

This Week in Congress, February 2-6

Here are some interesting committee hearings to watch this week. TUESDAY, February 3 Senate Budget FISCAL 2016 BUDGET 10 a.m., 608 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing House Science, Space & Technology NSF RESEARCH FACILITY OVERSIGHT Feb. 3, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Joint Hearing House Ways & Means FISCAL 2016 BUDGET ISSUES 10 a.m.,…

January 29, 2015

ED Seeks Summer Interns

The Department of Education is seeking interns for summer 2015. The Department is a great place to explore fields like education policy, education law, business and finance, research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or traditional and digital communications, all while learning about the role federal government plays in education. Applications are being accepted through March…

January 26, 2015

OSTP Accepting Applications for Summer Interns

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is 11:59pm Sunday, March 15. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled in an academic program are welcome to apply. The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President…

October 22, 2014

ED Announces Final Rule on PLUS Loans

The US Department of Education will publish new rules in the Federal Register tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) that are intended to strengthen the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program.  The new regulations aim to expand access to higher education and better reflect programmatic changes that have occurred since the PLUS loan program began more than 20…

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