Federal Relations

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 17, 2015

Snow Day!

SNOW DAY! The federal government is closed today as DC deals with a storm that has impacted the east coast from Atlanta to Boston. Winter storm warnings were in effect for 17 states, and the District remains under a warning until noon today. The Washington, DC metro area is expected to enjoy a balmy 32 degree

February 13, 2015

What We’re Reading, February 9

Here’s a selection or articles Federal Relations is reading this week. Plane and Simple Motives – Obama has been using Air Force One as a means to engage more with Congressional leaders, and the Leaders have been using it as a means to shape Administration policy. Read more at Politico. Um, No…- Community colleges have

February 12, 2015

Ashton Carter Confirmed as Secretary of Defense

Today, the Senate on Thursday confirmed Ashton B. Carter to be the next defense secretary by a vote of 93 to 5. The installation of the new Pentagon chief comes on the same day that the President has asked Congress for the authority to formally authorize (and increase) military action by the US against the

February 11, 2015

House Approves their Version of ESEA

Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce marked up HR 5, the Student Success Act, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). There were 26 amendments offered. Only five amendments passed (including a Chairman’s substitute), 16 failed, 4 were withdrawn and one was ruled not germane to the bill by

February 10, 2015

House Passes NASA Reauthorization

Today, the House of Representatives yesterday approved HR 810, the NASA Authorization Act of 2015 as a noncontroversial measure under suspension of the rules. The bill is identical to the bipartisan bill that passed the House last year by a vote of 401-2 but failed to be considered in the Senate. It remains uncertain if

February 9, 2015

House to Mark Up ESEA

Today, the House Education and Workforce committee announced they will markup HR 5, the Student Success Act on Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 am. Chairman Kline and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the Student Success Act this month. The Senate has announced that they are taking a bipartisan approach to crafting the ESEA and

February 5, 2015

What We’re Reading, February 2nd

Here’s a selection or articles we are reading this week. Hitting Home – What does Obama’s 2016 Budget Means for States and Localities? The president’s budget would be a boon in a host of areas (infrastructure, certain block grants) but also includes cuts to popular programs. Read it at Governing. Agreed! – Five Things Republicans can

February 4, 2015

House Introduces ESEA Bill

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced legislation to improve K-12 education and replace No Child Left Behind. Based on a proposals passed by the House in 2013, HR 5, the Student Success Act, the House Committee says the measure will reduce

House Passes Repeal of ObamaCare, again

On Tuesday, the House voted, again, to repeal Obamacare. What makes this attempt notable, however, is that the measure contained instructions to the House Committees with jurisdiction to develop alternative policies and legislation in the absence of the health care law. This is the first time the House has coupled an ObamaCare repeal vote with instructions

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