Federal Relations


October 15, 2013

Shutdown & Debt Limit: Two Chambers, Two Competing Proposals

While discussions are happening and proposals are beginning to take shape, there still is not a clear solution that will reopen the government or raise the debt ceiling before we hit the current limit on Thursday. Senate leaders have been negotiating a deal for the past couple of days and appeared to be somewhat close…

October 14, 2013

Shutdown Day 14: Days Before Debt Limit Deadline and No Deal in Sight

Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continued negotiations over the weekend – searching for a deal that would raise the debt limit and reopen the government, but emerged with no deal in sight yet. A bipartisan group of 12 Senators are also currently in-closed door meetings this morning trying to work out…

October 3, 2013

House Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform

A group of House Democrats yesterday – led by Washington’s 1st District Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, released a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The legislation, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act largely reflects the bipartisan Senate bill. Among other things, the plan: Contains much of the same language from the Senate bill that…

September 23, 2013

OMB Issues Guidance to Agencies: Start Planning for Possible Government Shutdown

With the end of the fiscal year just days away and no sign of a funding agreement in congress, Office of Management and Budget Director, Sylvia Burwell, issued a memo last week to heads of executive departments and agencies to begin planning for a government shutdown. The memo urged departments and agencies to update plans…

September 17, 2013

Senate HELP Committee Announce Launch of HEA Hearings

Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander today announced that they are launching a round of Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization hearings over the next several months. The hearings will address a host of education issues and each hearing will have a specified focus. The Senators also issued a call for input from the higher…

August 29, 2013

Obama’s Plan for College Affordability

Last Thursday and Friday, President Obama toured several colleges and universities touting a new plan for higher education access and affordability. The Offices of Planning & Budgeting and Federal Relations prepared a brief with additional information about this plan.

August 23, 2013

Newly Introduced Veterans Education Bills

Below are a couple of recently introduced bills concerning Veterans’ education and benefits that we have been keeping our eye on: HR 2749 – The VET Act Sponsor: Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) Introduced: 7/19/2013 Current Status: Referred to House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Summary: The legislation would give colleges the ability…

August 16, 2013

Recently Introduced Bills Concerning Ocean Clean Up

There have been a couple of bills introduced this summer surrounding the issue of ocean cleanup in the wake of disaster and preventing future damage to oceans. Below is a quick overview and analysis of a couple of these bills that we have been keeping our eye on. S 1162 – A bill to authorize…

July 29, 2013

This Week in Congress

Below is an overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week. Congress is preparing to adjourn for the August recess on Friday. TUESDAY, July 30, 2013 Senate Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Defense Subcommittee Markup 10:30 am, 192 Dirksen WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2013 House Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Interior…

July 22, 2013

This Week in Congress

An overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week: TUESDAY, July 23rd Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Education for Military and Veterans Full Committee Hearing 10:30 am, 342 Dirksen House Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Interior and Environment Subcommittee Markup 10 am, B-308 Rayburn WEDNESDAY, July 24th House…

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