Federal Relations

October 27, 2015

Congress and White House Agree on Budget Deal

Late yesterday, a potential budget agreement between the White House and Congress was released. It would boost both defense and domestic spending over the budget caps for the next two years, and lift the nation’s debt limit through March 2017. If the deal holds, it would eliminate the dual threats of a government shutdown and…


October 23, 2015

Ryan Is Running for Speaker

After a multi-week “will he or won’t he?”, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has officially announced that he will run for Speaker. Ryan, popular among GOP and Democrats, will be voted in next week.


Debt Ceiling Plan Alludes House GOP

The U.S. government is 12 calendar days – or 7 scheduled congressional work days – from reaching the debt limit without a clear plan of what to do. GOP leaders are so far refusing to advance a ‘clean’ debt ceiling bill that both President Obama and Democrats would support. The problem there is that the GOP…


October 22, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Old Building$$ – While specifically about aging infrastructure on college campuses of agricultural research buildings, it really rings true about much of campus science-related infrastructure and the fact that deferred maintenance continues to be delayed. Read more at Ag Web.  Cracking Down on…


October 21, 2015

Biden NOT Running for President

After weeks of speculation and “Draft Biden” efforts, the Vice President today announced that he is not going to run for President.


GI Benefits Returned Because of Bad Actors?

Last week, The Defense Department’s chief of voluntary education, Dawn Bilodeau, recently placed the chain of for-profit colleges on probation and said no new active duty service members can enroll under its tuition assistance program. The University of Phoenix is the most popular destination for Post-9/11 GI Bill college goers. This prohibition could be a…


Ryan to Run (With Conditions) and Speaker Elections Set

Last night, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that he would run for Speaker if he could have the support of the whole Republican caucus. Ryan told theGOP conference in a closed door meeting that he would seek the top spot only if he received the endorsement of the three largest GOP groups—the Freedom Caucus, the Republican…


October 19, 2015

Congress Is Back!

After a one week recess to enjoy Columbus Day, Congress is back in session — the Senate will convene Monday and the House will be back Tuesday. The Senate is back and will be focused on considering S2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. It’s a bit looser on the House-side, which will be…


October 15, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, October 12-16

Here’s a selection of article the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. HALF – A new study by Adam Looney, of the Treasury Department, and Constantine Yannelis at Stanford University, found that since 2000, “most of the increase in default is associated with the rise in the number of borrowers at for-profit schools.” For-profit schools…


October 9, 2015

University of Phoenix Being Investigated

The Departments of Justice and Education announced they are are coordinating on on-going investigations of the University of Phoenix a day after the Pentagon barred the for-profit school giant from recruiting on military bases and placed it on probation for alleged recruiting violations. The Department of Defense took the action after the University of Phoenix, among other things,…


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