Federal Relations

October 11, 2011

This Week in Congress

The House begins their work week today at noon, with votes scheduled for later this evening.  In addition to several bills related to veterans , the House will begin debate on the Panama, South Korea, and Colombia free trade agreements.  Meanwhile, the Senate begins their work week later today (around 5:30pm).  The Senate is set to vote on a judicial

October 4, 2011

House Passes Six Week-Long CR, Heads to President for Signature

The House today cleared a six week-long Continuing Resolution that the Senate passed last week. The measure will keep the government running through November 18th and sets spending at the $1.043 trillion level agreed to in the debt limit law passed in August. It allocates $2.65 billion for disaster aid for FEMA, and the offsets

September 29, 2011

House Appropriations Releases Draft Labor-HHS-Ed Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Committee released their draft Labor-HHS-Education spending bill today in which they executed several spending cuts and revoked all additional funding for “Obamacare”. Some highlights: Health & Human Services The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is funded at $6.7 billion, a $1.5 billion increase over FY11 levels The National Institutes of Health

September 27, 2011

CR Agreement Finalized

Late yesterday, Congressional leaders agreed to a deal that will avert a government shutdown as the end of the federal fiscal year looms.  The Senate approved a week-long continuing resolution (CR) that will run through October 4th, which is expected to be approved by the House – through a pro forma session – sometime on

September 26, 2011

Five Days to Shutdown

With just five days until the end of the current federal fiscal year, congressional leaders continue to work to resolve an impasse over how to pay for disaster aid that threatens to shut down the government on Friday at midnight.  There appears to be bipartisan support for a continuing resolution (CR) that would allow the

September 23, 2011

President Obama Announces New Push for Education Reform

President Obama today announced that it was time to commit to tackling education reform and that he would allow states to apply for waivers that will give them flexibility from mandates under the ‘No Child Left Behind’ law that many officials agree is outdated and no longer effective. The President stated that many states and

Fate of CR Uncertain

Late last night (or early morning, if you want to be more accurate), the House approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep federal government running past September 30th but the bill faces challenges in the Senate this morning.  Even before passage of the House bill, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) warned his caucus would block

September 22, 2011

CR Defeated in House

Yesterday, the House of Representatives failed to approve a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund federal government beyond September 30th – the end of the federal fiscal year.  That CR would have extended funding at current levels through November 18th. Two issues caused the defeat of the bill.  First, the failed CR would have set

September 19, 2011

CR Action This Week

Congress is expected to approve a continuing resolution (CR) this week to keep government operating past the September 30th end of the federal fiscal year.  The House will take action on the bill early this week, which would provide funding for government programs through November 18th. The bill would set the discretionary funding at 1.5

September 15, 2011

President Obama’s American Jobs Act Would Carry Slight Impact for UW

The American Jobs Act introduced by President Obama last week and delivered to congress in full bill form this week, looks like it may carry some tax implications for UW. If passed, the bill would expand and extend the existing payroll tax reduction for employees from the already reduced rate of 4.2% to 3.1%. Would

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