Federal Relations

June 24, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, June 20-24

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations Team is enjoying this week. Sit In (You Can’t See) – The D.C. political world riveted its attention on a rare sit-in on the House floor Wednesday afternoon by House Democrats, but the closest C-SPAN’s cameras could get to the action was the steps of the Capitol building.That’s…

June 23, 2016

Zika Deal Reached

Early Thursday morning, the House approved a Zika funding package, the product of a House-Senate conference report that was crafted just hours before. House Democrats’ unusual daylong protest over gun control finally ended early Thursday morning after Republican leaders moved to adjourn the House through the July 4 recess – without a gun vote. As…

SCOTUS: Fisher v. Texas

Today, the Supreme Court today upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions. The ruling came in a case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, about the admissions practices at the UT, but will likely affect admissions and financial aid policies in most institutes of higher education….

June 20, 2016

The Week Ahead

Congress is back for a few days before the Fourth of July Recess. The House and Senate return tomorrow, and the House will recess on Friday making the Fourth a two week recess. The Senate plans on being in session though Friday, June 24th. The Senate reconvened today and is expected to resume consideration of FY…

June 17, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, June 13-17

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. No Credit – The Education Department on Wednesday recommended that the organization that accredits many of the nation’s for-profit colleges and vocational schools shouldn’t be recognized, a step that could threaten access to nearly $5 billion in federal financial aid for more than…

June 14, 2016

White House Threatens to Veto House Defense Measure

This week President Obama threatened to veto to House version of the annual defense appropriations legislation in a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP). Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the SAP disapproves of the shifting of  $16 billion in war funds to the Pentagon’s base budget, funding overseas contingencies only through next April. The…

June 11, 2016

New Regulations for For-Profits Proposed

This week the Department of Education proposed new regulations to make it simpler for defrauded for-profit college students to have their loans forgiven and bans mandatory arbitration clauses in enrollment agreements.  In addition, the proposal provides ED with the ability to require for-profits to post collateral if officials have concern regarding the institution’s financial stability…

June 10, 2016

Labor-HHS-Ed Passes Senate Appropriations

This week the Senate Committee on Appropriations took action on the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations measure.  Most notably, the measure provides a $2 billion bump for the National Institutes of Health and restores year-round Pell Grants.  National Institutes of Health is funded at $34 billion in the proposal, a 6.3% increase above FY2016. This includes: $300 million for the Precision Medicine Initiative,…

June 9, 2016

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

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is reading this week. Top 10 – Senate Republicans are in a tough position this year to defend their majority. While Senate Democrats only have to defend 10 seats, Republicans have to defend 24 seats — most of them in blue or purple states. The Hill has the top…

June 7, 2016

White House Issues Veto Threat of Senate’s NDAA

In a Statement of Administration Policy issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the White House issued a veto threat on the Senate NDAA and contends the legislation would “hinder” the administration from executing defense and foreign policy. “Specifically, the bill attempts to micromanage DoD by impeding the department’s ability to respond to changing…

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