Federal Relations

July 19, 2016

GOP Unveils Higher Ed Party Platform

Monday kicked off the Republican National Convention. One of the first orders of business approving a 58-page party platform, which takes a stance on an array of issues that are important to higher education, including: campus sexual assault, transgender student issues, student loans, college accreditation, for-profit education, and campus protests and student activism. More information…


July 18, 2016

Off to Convention

Congress has left town for its seven-week summer recess, having made progress on considering FY 2017 appropriations measures, but both chambers left town without a clear path forward. For the first time in many years (since FY 2010), the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved all 12 of their respective FY17 appropriations bills, although none…


July 15, 2016

Trump Picks a Running Mate

Donald Trump has picked Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate, turning to a well-established conservative who brings government experience to the Republican presidential ticket. Gov, Pence is a 57-year-old former radio host and congressman as well as a well-known social conservative and could soothe right-leaning voters who are skeptical of Mr. Trump’s views on…


House and Senate Pass Approps and then Done Until September

After three days of amendments, the House passed yesterday the FY2017 Interior Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5538) by a vote of 231 to 196. The $32.1 billion spending bill passed the House for the first time since 2009. The measure that takes aim at the Obama’s environment and climate change agenda would cut by $64 million the…


July 12, 2016

White House Issues Veto Threat on House FY 17 Interior Approps Bill

Today, the White House issued (another) veto threat via a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) about the House’s FY 2017 Interior appropriations bill. The White House said the bill underfunds core Department of the Interior (DOI) programs as well as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) operating budget, which supports nationwide protection of human health, and…


July 11, 2016

Last Week!!!

With only five days left before a seven-week summer recess, Congress will at least try to keep up appearances. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to complete work on the final two of the 12 annual spending bills needed to fund the government for FY 2017. Meanwhile, the full House is set to vote on its FY…


July 8, 2016

House Approves Opioid Conference Report

In a remarkable change of pace, the House and Senate came to a conference agreement on S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act this Wednesday. The agreement contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment,…


What We’re Reading This Week, July 4 – 8

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Most Likely to be Number 2 Banana – Trump is closing in on a vice presidential pick, with the vetting process in full swing. Trump will make the announcement sometime between now and the end of the Republican National Convention on July 21. Read…


July 7, 2016

House Starts Pushing CR

The House Freedom Caucus is pushing for a vote next week on a six-month stopgap funding measure that would last until March 2017 and effectively end the appropriations process for the year. The plan would postpone decisions on FY 2017 spending until a new president and Congress are elected. At present, House Republican Leadership is considering the…


House Committee Moves Forward with Labor-H

The House Appropriations subcommittee marked up the FY 2017 Labor-H appropriations measure today. The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and other related agencies. No report language has been released, so details of the bill will likely remain unclear until full committee…


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