January 22, 2016
DC Paralyzed by Snow, Watch Live!!
The DC, Maryland and Virginia area has been preparing all week for ever increasing snow forecasts. Nothing scares the District more than weather. Check out the professional predictions of the Capitol’s impending doom at The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, or you can watch storm Jonas LIVE courtsey of Speaker Paul Ryan.
January 19, 2016
Obama Proposes Pell Grant Expansion in FY 2017 Budget
The Obama administration is proposing that Congress approve a $2 billion-a-year expansion of Pell Grants to finance year-round awards and a bonus for students who stay on track to graduation. The two new Pell proposals are intended to help students to accelerate progress towards their degrees, increasing their likelihood of on-time completion. The first program, “Pell for…
January 14, 2016
GAO Calls for Better Health Care Workforce Plan
The Secretary of Health and Human Services should develop a comprehensive and coordinated planning approach to guide the department’s health care workforce development programs, according to a report released this week by the Government Accountability Office. “Without a comprehensive and coordinated approach to program planning, HHS cannot fully identify the gaps between existing programs and national needs,…
What We’re Reading This Week, January 11-15
Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Anti Trump – As the campaign trail gets evermore hostile in rhetoric, House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to convey a different type of Republican party during the election season. Read more in The Washington Post. Blame Canada – Presidential candidate and…
January 13, 2016
Final Obama State of the Union
In his final State of the Union address, President Obama hit a range of topics, from climate change, curing cancer, reforming criminal sentencing, campaign finance reform, and Cuba. The President made a pointed appeal for congressional cooperation this year on only a handful of legislative matters. None were the sort of bold new proposals that would have…
January 12, 2016
State of the Union, Tonight
President Obama will address a joint session of Congress this evening in the annual State of the Union Address. It will be Obama’s seventh and final State of the Union address. Typically, the final address is used as a roadmap for the party and the presidential election to come (or already in full swing), and…
January 8, 2016
What We’re Reading This Week, January 4-8
Happy New Year! Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has been reading this week. Retail Politics – How a politician comes across in ads and in debates can be very different from how they are day-to-day. Here’s one reporter, who’s been traveling with Cruz campaign, take on candidate. Read more in The Washington Post….
January 7, 2016
President’s FY 2017 Budget Delayed
The Office of Management and Budget announced that the President’s FY 2017 Budget proposal will be delayed until February 9th. The President’s budget is statutorily required to be presented to Congress the first Monday of February, which this year is February 1st. A delay on the budget transmission is not a new event for the…
January 4, 2016
Lobbying Disclosure Forms Due Wednesday, January 13
If you engaged in federal lobbying activities between October 1 and December 31, 2015, please complete the federal lobbying disclosure form and return it to the Office of Federal Relations (McKinzie Strait – email@example.com) by close of business Wednesday, January 13. Background According to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which became…
Happy New Year!
The 114th Congress is back in action this week for the second legislative session. The House reconvenes tomorrow and the Senate will return on Monday, January 11th. The 2016 Congressional calendar boasts roughly 110 legislative voting days with plenty of 4-day weekends and an early summer recess – beginning in July and running through Labor…