Federal Relations

February 4, 2015

Senate Fails to Pass Homeland Security Spending Bill

The Senate failed to evoke cloture and pass the Department of Homeland Security spending bill for FY15. In an ironic twist, Senate Democrats used procedural maneuvers they so railed against in previous congressed to block the measure from moving forward. The 46 Senate Democrats banded together to block the bill from coming to the Senate floor for

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.,

It’s Budget Day!

President Obama will release his FY2016 budget today and it will push for tens of billions of dollars more in federal spending by arguing the deficit has been cut and the economy is much improved since he first took office six years ago. His fiscal 2016 budget plan will flip that by making the case

January 30, 2015

Pell Grant Levels Announced

The Department of Education announced the maximum Pell grant levels for 2015-2016 today. The agency said the maximum award amount will be $5,775, which is an increase of $45 over the 2014-2015 award maximum. The amount is affected by the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), which was incorporated as part of Public Law 111-152.

January 29, 2015

What We’re Reading this Week, January 26

Here’s a selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. NCLB? – The first item on the agenda for the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (HELP) Committee is the reauthorization of ESEA or No Child Left Behind. New HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) talks about how his views on

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

President to Propose an End to Sequestration

President Obama will advocate for an end to sequestration by proposing equal budget increases in both defense and non-defense discretionary spending in his FY2016 budget to be released on Monday. Obama is giving a ‘sneak peak’ of his budget to House Democrats at their  retreat in Philadelphia today. According to a White House source, the

January 28, 2015

Senate HELP Committee Approves Education Research Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved S227, the Strengthening Educational through Research Act, which would reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act (ERSA). A nearly identical measure was passed by the full House and the Senate HELP Committee last year but, unfortunately, was not considered by the full Senate for approval

President Obama Drops Controversial 529 Plan

President Obama has officially dropped the proposal outlined in his recent State of the Union Address that would eliminate the tax advantage of 529 investment programs after facing severe push-back from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and parents across the country. Per the proposal, any money earned from future contributions to 529 college

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

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