Federal Relations

January 15, 2015

House Passes DHS Appropriations and Raises Immigration Stakes

The House adjourned yesterday for the annual Republican retreat. But before they left, the House took steps to block major provisions of the president’s immigration policy announced in November of 2014. As an amendment to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY15, the House passed a series of amendments effectively blocking Obama’s executive action to shield millions

What We’re Reading, January 12th

Here’s a selection of articles that we are reading this week. Real Power – With Republicans having a veto-proof majority in neither the House nor the Senate, a rare breed of politician:  moderate Democrats will become one of the most powerful players in the new Congress. This group will have the ability to help the Republicans accomplish their agenda.

January 13, 2015

Kilmer to Join House Appropriations Committee

Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-6) has been selected by his Democratic colleagues to fill a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for discretionary spending on government agencies and programs. He is the only new Democrat to land a spot on the powerful spending panel for the 114th Congress. Each year the committee’s 12 subcommittees

January 12, 2015

This Week in Congress

The House begins consideration of a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the duration of FY15. You’ll recall DHS was not included in the FY15 CRomnibus so that the new Republican Congress could attempt to block President Obama’s executive order on immigration. However, the White House has promised to veto any attempt

January 9, 2015

What We’re Reading, January 5th — Part 2

Here’s a selection of articles that the Federal Relations team is reading this week. International Optimism? – The international community is cautiously optimistic that the 114th Congress will be more productive that the 113th…at least a little more productive…hopefully. Read it in The Economist. Problem Before It Starts – A national college rating system is

White House Proposes Two Years of Free Community College

In advance of his State of the Union address, President Obama is traveling to Tennessee today to announce one of his keystones of his 2015 agenda: two free years of community college.  The proposal, called America’s College Promise, is based on Republican Governor Bill Haslam, who developed and launched Tennessee Promise, which begins this year. Tennessee Promise allows any

January 8, 2015

What We’re Reading, Week of January 5th

Here is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week: What to Expect for Higher Education – Issues raised by both Congress and the Administration that will affect higher education this year from new (and more!) regulations by the Administration to how Congress will impacts student loans to how states will address funding

January 7, 2015

White House Confirms On Time Budget Release

In a statement today, the White House confirmed the Presidents Budget Request for FY16 will be released on time, and on its February 2nd due date.    

January 6, 2015

Getting to know the 114th Congress

Today, Tuesday, January 5th, kicks off the 114th year the United State’s federal government has met to legislate. Over the next two years, the Republican party will control both houses of Congress for the first time since President Obama took office in 2004. This Congress will be the largest Republican majority since 1928 when the party

To Do List for Congress in 2015

As the 114th Congress convenes, House and Senate leadership are facing a challenging timeline of To Dos or Must Dos in 2015. The House and Senate Republican leadership have announced their intentions to pass legislation to allow for the Keystone XL pipeline, reform our patent system, and overhaul the nation’s tax structure. However, any number of

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