Federal Relations

September 24, 2015

Perkins Deal Reached

The House and Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the Perkins program, which is set to expire in less than one week. On the House side, Reps. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced bi-partisan legislation extending the authorization of the Perkins Loan Program, which is similar to a measure the duo introduced in…


September 22, 2015

Continuing Resolution Released

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) just released the text of a short-term continuing resolution. Immediately following that announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered that CR as a substitute amendment to H.J.Res.61 and filed cloture on the amendment. That cloture vote is expected to occur Thursday afternoon at a time to be determined….


September 21, 2015

Pope Week with China Too!

Originally this week was scheduled to be a recess week to observe Yom Kippur, but Congress is back this week to welcome Pope Francis to town. Incidentally, the Pope’s visit to DC is just one of series of high profile visitors. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain were in town last week for a…


September 17, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, September 14-18

Here’s a selection of articles that the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. The Science Teacher -A long form read on house Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), his interests, and how the House Science Committee functions. Read it at National Journal.  Bill$ – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is trying to downplay…


September 14, 2015

College Scorecard Back in Spotlight

Over the weekend, the Obama Administration had two major announcements for higher ed, first the new College Scorecard and the inclusion of Prior Prior Year for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). College Scorecard The Administration launched their new College Scorecard, which rather than rank colleges as previously attempted, incorporates numbers new data points…


September Budget Deal Looks Unlikely

Congressional leaders have given no indication they are in active negotiations on a long-term budget deal that would avert another round of sequestration. And there is little time left in the federal fiscal year to begin and conclude this type of deal with only eight scheduled legislative days between now and October 1st. And between…


September 11, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, September 8-11

Happy (almost) Fall!! Congress is back in session and here are a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Exit Stage Right? – House Speaker John Boehner has not had an easy tenure as leader of the House Republican Caucus. During histime, he’s seen the rise of the Tea Party and…


September 8, 2015

Welcome Back Congress!

Congress is back from a five-week summer break and faces a tough fall agenda and unclear pathway for must-do bills that would keep the government from shutting down and defaulting on its debts later this year. The first test will come quickly with lawmakers needing to clear stopgap spending legislation (continuing resolution) to keep agencies…


September 3, 2015

House Education and Workforce Chairman Kline To Retire

House Committee on Education and Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) has announced he will not see re-election in 2016. Kline was first elected in 2002. Last election he won his district by 17 points, but the district was carried by Obama in the previous two presidential elections, making it a hotly contested area. Kline has been…


What We’re Reading This Week, August 31-September 4

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Just Like a High School Cafeteria, But Not – As the United Nations addresses climate change, talks on how to address climate change are happening in micro groups, cliques basically. While the UN hopes to forge a new global agreement that will affect everything…


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