Federal Relations

May 16, 2016

House Starts Moving Appropriations Bills

House Leadership is bringing its first FY2017 appropriations bill to the Floor this week with the FY2017 Military Construction (Mil-Con) appropriations bill. Since the House failed to pass a FY2017 Budget resolution before the April 15th statutory deadline, House Appropriators have been required to wait until May 15th to begin to bring funding measures forward.  The House…


House Unveils Zika Funding

Today, House Appropriations Committee released the House Republicans’ $622 million supplemental appropriations bill to fight Zika. The supplemental is expected to be considered by the House this week. The bill is fully offset, according to a statement released by the Committee. It uses $352 million in “unobligated” money that was appropriated to address the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and $270…


ED Unveils Pell Dual Enrollment Pilot Program

The Department of Education unveiled its plan to allow dual enrollments in the Pell grant program today. The plan, which would take place in the 2016-2017 school year, would allow high school students, who are Pell-eligible, to pay for and enroll in college classes using Pell Grant funds. At a cost of $20 million, this…


May 13, 2016

More Movement on Appropriations

The House and Senate will continue to work on fiscal year 2017 funding bills next week. Both the House and Senate are expected to take up, very different, Zika funding packages next week.  While the Senate will likely to vote to accept a $1.1 billion emergency package, the House plans to vote on a bill that…


May 12, 2016

More Senate Approps Movement (E&W, T-HUD, Mil-Con, Zika)

Today, the Senate has passed its first Energy & Water appropriations bill under regular order since 2009. The failure of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) Iran amendment broke up the logjam for both the FY 2017 E&W and will allow the upper chamber to consider both the FY 2017 Transportation and HUD (T-HUD) and FY 2017 Military Construction-VA…


What We’re Reading This Week, May 9-13

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Best Time to Be a College Graduate – Employers added 160,000 employees in April, downshifting from the monthly average of 192,000 workers so far this year. While the downshift isn’t good news, the job market for recent college graduates is booming. Overall unemployment…


May 11, 2016

Senate E&W Clog Cleared, Final Passage Is In Sight

In an effort to move forward, The Senate rejected the motion to invoke cloture to limit debate on Senator Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) controversial amendment related to the Iran nuclear deal. The failure of the amendment to win cloture breaks a two-week logjam that hindered the progress of the $37.5 billion FY 2017 Energy-Water spending bill. Technically, a…


May 10, 2016

Third Time Isn’t Charming for Senate E&W

In an expected turn of events, the Senate failed to invoke cloture last night. The Senate’s third attempt to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate on the substitute amendment for the FY 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill fell short. Senate Democrats have refused to support advancing the measure unless Republicans abandon a proposed amendment by Senator Tom Cotton…


May 9, 2016

Interesting Week Ahead

The House and Senate return to work this week, including former Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz. The Senate will try for the third time on Monday to advance its $37.5 billion fiscal 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill, but there is no indication that leaders will find the 60 votes needed to break the logjam caused by…


May 6, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, May 2-6

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Crumbles and Cracks, Cruz’s Demise – When Senator Ted Cruz emerged as Donald Trump’s sole serious challenger, Cruz needed to pivot and win over the same Republican Party insiders he had built his career running against; he needed them to rally around him….


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