Federal Relations

July 6, 2016

Lawmakers Agree on FAA Extension to Sept. 30, 2017

Today, the House and Senate aviation committee leaders from both parties agreed on a reauthorization of aviation programs through Sept. 30, 2017, at current funding levels. The current authorization (PL 114-141) expires July 15. The measure includes provisions designed to reduce the risk of drone accidents and establishes a process for the FAA to designate drone…

July 5, 2016

Their Back for Guns, Defense, and Maybe Some Money

Both the House and Senate are back this week to resume work after the 4 of July work period. The upper and lower chambers have less that two full weeks for business (the House has nine legislative days to the Senate’s seven) before both recess for seven weeks (which will contain two massive nominating conventions…

June 30, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, June 27 – July 1

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Um…Unseemly? –  As the Obama Administration cracks down on for-profit colleges, three former officials working on behalf of an investment firm run by President Barack Obama’s best friend have staged a behind-the-scenes campaign to get the Education Department to green-light a purchase of…

June 28, 2016

Zika Blocked In Senate

The Senate blocked a plan Tuesday to spend $1.1. billion to fight the Zika virus, as Democrats objected to added provisions that would limit funding for birth control, allow pesticide spraying near water sources, and raise the Confederate flag. Democrats asserted there were not included in the conference negotiation process to craft the conference report….

June 27, 2016

Senate Keeps Moving

Only the Senate is in session this week, as the House recessed early for the Fourth of July work period last week. The Senate plans to keep working on the FY 2017 CJS bill this week and should also turn to their FY 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans (Mil-Con appropriations bills. Also on tap this week, possibly the…

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…

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