Federal Relations

July 14, 2015

Appropriations Process Breaks Down Over the Confederate Flag

Congressional Republicans and Democrats are already are blaming each other for causing the next government shutdown, which won’t even happen for another 80 days (October 1st). That may seem like plenty of time for lawmakers to work through their differences and approve appropriations bills to keep the federal government running, but the news from Capitol

July 10, 2015

White House Memo on Science Priorities for FY2017

The White House’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, and OSTP Director, John Holdren, sent their annual joint FY2017 priorities memo to the science agency heads. The memo urges agency leaders to take the priorities into consideration as they begin to prepare their FY2017 budget proposals for OMB.  Per the memo, “Agency proposals

July 9, 2015

House Pulls FY16 Interior Bill

The House has pulled their FY16 Interior Appropriations bill amid controversy of a Confederate flag amendment. The House has previously considered and passed three amendments restricting funding for federal lands displaying the Confederate flag. Due to Republican concerns these restrictions might impose, an additional amendment was proposed to allow funding on federally owned park land

What We’re Reading This Week, July 6-10

Here’s a selection of article the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Takes a Village – Because politics makes strange bedfellows, David Brock, the conservative reporter who pushed Paula Jones into the media spot light, is now integral to Hillary’s run as part of Clinton’s shadow campaign, Having seen the light and switching teams to

House Turns to 21st Century Cures

The House will consider HR 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The bipartisan bill modifies current federal processes involving medical research, developing drugs and other treatments, and testing and approving those drugs and treatments in an effort to accelerate the development and delivery of cures to diseases and medical conditions. It reauthorizes the National Institutes of

July 8, 2015

House Passes ESEA

This evening, the House further considered and passed HR 5, the Student Success Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The House voted on ten amendments for which recorded votes were already requested in February 2015 and considered four new amendments, as well as a Democratic motion to recommit. The bill passed by

July 7, 2015

House and Senate Consider Elementary Education Proposals

Dueling education proposals are up in the House and the Senate this week. Eight years after No Child Left Behind (NCLB) officially expired, congressional leaders want to pass a rewrite of the main federal K-12 education law (ESEA) that can get President Obama’s signature. Today, the Senate will begin consideration of S 1177, Every Child Achieves Act of

July 6, 2015

This Week in Congress, July 6-10

Congress is back in session today after a break for the Independence Day holiday. This week the Senate takes up floor consideration of the No Child Left Behind overhaul while the House’s floor action will focus on Interior-Environment Appropriations, the Student Success Act, and, notably, 21st Century Cures. Here’s what we’re watching in committee-land: TUESDAY,

June 29, 2015

Fourth of July Recess

Both the House and Senate are in using the Fourth of July as a district work period. Congress will return Monday, July 6th to continue working on the FY16 Appropriations process! Happy Fourth of July!

June 25, 2015

OMB Writes Letter of Concern about Senate FY16 CJS

The White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan has issued another letter on the FY16 appropriations proposal currently working their way though Congress. Today, Director Donovan’s letter was addressed to the Senate and expressed concern over the Senate’s FY16 CJS spending bill.  The letter outlines concerns about underfunding the important investments in a

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