Federal Relations

June 17, 2013

Federal Update

Congress has just two weeks before the July 4th recess week to tackle several major legislative issues. This week, the House will try to pass a five-year farm bill that contains controversial dairy policies and cuts to food stamps. It will also revive the abortion debate over a bill to ban certain abortions. In the…


June 14, 2013

White House Office of Science and Tech Policy Intern Program

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2013 Student Volunteer Program.  The application deadline is 11:59pm EST Friday, June 28th.  Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Fall 2013 semester are welcome to apply. Click here for more information about OSTP and…


House Tries to Force Vote on Student Loans

House Democrats are attempting to force a floor vote on a two-year extension of the current interest rate for federally subsidized student loans and avert a scheduled doubling of the rate on July 1, 2013. They hope to file a discharge petition if they get the support of a majority of members. This would force…


June 13, 2013

House Begins Work on National Defense Authorization Bill

The House will begin its work on the HR 1960, the National Defense Authorization Bill (NDAA) today. Consideration of the measure is expected to go through tomorrow. The NDAA is the yearly authorization bill that determines military priorities for agencies responsible for our national defense. The legislation establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which…


June 12, 2013

CBO on Student Loan Interest Rate Change and Proposals

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the impacts and costs of the student loan interest rate going from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. The CBO analyzes the impact to Direct (subsidized and unsubsidized) and PLUS loans.  The report also broadly touches on the impacts to students and the nation if student loans…


Immigration, Defense Authorization, and FY14 Appropriations — Oh My!

Today in the Senate: The chamber meets this morning to continue debating a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws (S 744). Today in the House: The chamber is scheduled to begin general debate on a $638.4 billion defense authorization bill (HR 1960) for FY14 that includes funding and/or language for three of UW’s requests: (1) $15…


June 11, 2013

Immigration Reform Moves Forward in the Senate

The Senate just voted 82-15 to move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform bill. This sets the stage for weeks of debate and considering amendments on a bill that would secure the nation’s borders, enhance the visa system, and set in place a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.


June 10, 2013

Senate Passes Bipartisan Farm Bill

This evening, the Senate passed S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, by a vote of 66 to 27. Eighteen Republican Senators voted for the measure. Last Thursday, the Senate voted 75  to 22 to invoke cloture (limit further debate) on the bill and members of the Senate unanimously agreed that…


This Week in Congress

An overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week: TUESDAY, June 11 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Partnerships in Ocean Observations Subcommittee Hearing 2:30 pm, 253 Russell Building Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Education Legislation, Pending Nominations Full Committee Hearing 10 am, 216 Hart Building WEDNESDAY, June…


Budget Update

Both the House and Senate are in session this week; just three more weeks of work before they break for the Fourth of July week. This week the House will take up the annual defense authorization bill, while the Senate completes work on its version of the farm bill and considers immigration legislation. FY14 Appropriations:…


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