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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DACA to Remain for Now, DAPA Officially Rescinded

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) policy that was issued by the Obama Administration in 2014 but blocked by a federal court later that year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  In the same memo that repealed DAPA, the Administration stated that it will keep…


June 14, 2017

Keep Calm with Appropriations and Carry On

Despite having no budget resolution and discretionary spending levels, the House and Senate Appropriations committees have decided to move forward with crafting draft bills. Lawmakers of both parties and in both chambers have predicted the need for another stopgap measure to extend current funding levels when FY 2018 begins on October 1, 2017. Without any budget…


House Votes Cancelled

Early this morning, Republican Members of Congress were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball game on a practice field in Del Ray, VA — a suburb of Washington, DC. Members, staff, and Capitol Police were injured. The story is evolving.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the those injured and the Capitol Hill family. Read…


June 12, 2017

Ninth Circuit Rules Against Revised Travel Ban

In a decision issued today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump Administration in its appeal of a decision issued by a federal judge in Hawaii earlier this year that blocked the revised travel ban. The Fourth Circuit also ruled against the Administration on the ban. The initial travel ban was also blocked…


This week in Congress, June 12-16

Here is a selection of committee activities taking place on the Hill this week. TUESDAY, JUNE 13 Senate Appropriations TRANSPORTATION BUDGET June 13, 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Budget BUDGET REQUEST AND REVENUE PROPOSALS June 13, 10 a.m., 608 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing House Rules REDUCING HEALTHCARE LIABILITY BURDEN June 13,…


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