Federal Relations

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…


Senate Subcommittee Passes FY 2017 Labor-H

Today, the Senate appropriations subcommittee approved the first bipartisan Labor-H funding bill since Obamacare became law more than six years ago. The Senate’s FY 2017 bill includes a $2 billion increase for NIH (the same as the FY 2016 increase), a near doubling of funding to fight the opioid epidemic to $261 million, and $7.1 billion for…


June 6, 2016

Congress Gets Back to Work for the Long Slog

The House and Senate return to work this week in what will be the largest number of consecutive legislative days prior to the August Recess.  Both legislative bodies will push pause and briefly come together for a joint session to receive Indian Prime Minister Modi. The Senate returns today to resume consideration on its FY 2017 National…


June 3, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, May 30-June 3

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. VP Picks – Now that Trump has locked down the nomination, the latest speculation is who will be named his running mate. Read more at The Hill.  Pell – The federal Pell Grant program, a federal financial aid offering earmarked for the…


May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Recess

The House and Senate are out this week as they head home to celebrate Memorial Day with a week-long recess. When they return, the Senate will resume consideration on its version of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the House will begin regrouping on how to proceed with appropriations after the meltdown of…


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