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June 26, 2017

CBO Estimates 22 Million Would Lose Coverage Under Senate Bill

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the entity charged with estimating the potential impacts of legislation, released this afternoon its analysis of the Senate version of the healthcare legislation aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act. In its view (the “score”), the CBO reports that the bill would lead to 22 million individuals losing coverage by…


Welcome to the world, Lorraine Castro!

The Federal Relations family has welcomed a new family member! On Friday, June 23, 2017  at 10:30 a.m., our director, Sarah Castro, and her family welcomed baby Lorraine. Mom and baby are happy and healthy. Welcome to the world sweet Lorraine!


U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Travel Ban, Reinstates Part of Ban

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump Administration’s appeal on its travel ban during its next session. The court also allowed a part of the ban to go forward. The court ruled individuals without bona find relationships with people or entities in the United Stated could be barred from entry; those…


This week in Congress, June 26-30

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place this week. U.S. SENATE TUESDAY, JUNE 27 Senate Appropriations EPA BUDGET June 27, 9:30 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Armed Services DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT June 27, 9:30 a.m., 232-A Russell Bldg. Subcommittee Markup THURSDAY, JUNE 29 Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry FARM BILL/CONSERVATION AND…


June 23, 2017

What We’re Reading This Week– June 19 – 23

  Louisiana Bans the Box – Louisiana’s governor signed the state’s own ban-the-box law earlier on Friday, this time prohibiting state higher-education institutions from inquiring about a potential student’s criminal history during the application process. Read more from Inside Higher Ed. When You Need a Burger — When you really need a burger when you’re overseas,…


June 22, 2017

Text of Senate Healthcare Bill Released

As promised, the Senate Republican leadership released earlier today the text of the healthcare legislation that was being worked on by a small group of Republican Senators. The 142-page bill has a number of provisions of importance to the University of Washington and other institutions of higher education, including those related to possible changes to…


June 20, 2017

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Campus “Free Speech”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing this morning on the issue of “free speech” on college campuses. The Judiciary Committee is one of three Senate committees– with Judiciary and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees being the other two– planning to hold hearings on the issue. More information about the hearing, including…


Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing on Shanahan Nomination

The Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hold this morning its confirmation hearing on the nomination of Patrick Shanahan, Chairman of the University of Washington Board of Regents, for the position of Deputy Secretary of Defense.  Information about the hearing is available here.


June 16, 2017

What We’re Reading This Week — June 12 – 16

Here’s a selection of article the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. No More “Manspreading”— The public transportation system in the Spanish capital of Madrid is trying to stop “manspreading.” Read more here. More Debt, Lower Wages –  Women and minorities are more likely to borrow to pay for their college degrees, yet their…


DACA to Remain for Now, DAPA Officially Rescinded

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) policy that was issued by the Obama Administration in 2014 but blocked by a federal court later that year before it could be implemented.  In the same memo that repealed DAPA, the Administration stated that it will keep…


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