May 5, 2014

This Week in Congress

Here is a list of hearings the Office of Federal Relations will be paying attention to throughout the week. TUESDAY Senate Budget Committee Fiscal 2015 Budget: Education Full Committee Hearing 10:30 AM; 608 Dirksen Building House Energy & Commerce – Subcommittee on Health State of Biomedical Innovation Subcommittee Panel Discussion 3 PM; 2123 Rayburn Building… Read More


New Report on Trends in State Funding for Higher Education

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a study late last week about national trends in state funding allocations to public higher educational institutions. The report explains broad national trends in cost shifting of tuition from the state to the student. Overall, after counting for inflation, forty-eight states are still spending less per student in… Read More


FY 2015 Appropriations Update

Both the House and Senate are in session this week. The Senate could consider energy efficiency and tax extenders legislation, while the House considers charter schools legislation and contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner. Senate appropriators will learn about their committee allocations for their FY 2015 spending bills. This will allow them to… Read More


May 1, 2014

House Passes Two Appropriations Bills and Looks Forward

This week, the full House considered and passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Legislative Affairs bills on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.  Both measures are considered uncontroversial and passed by overwhelmingly. It is unclear when the full House will take up the Commerce, Justice, and Science bill, which the House Appropriations Committee also unveiled… Read More


April 29, 2014

House Appropriations Committee Releases Three Bills

The House Appropriations Committee released three appropriations bills for FY 15, or a quarter of the annual appropriations measures, today. The bills released were: Legislative Affairs (HR 4487); Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (HR 4486); and Commerce, Justice and Science. The bills are expected to marked up by the House Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday…. Read More


White House Issues First Report on Campus Sexual Assault

This morning, the White House issued its first report to address and work to end sexual assault on campuses. This report — and the release of NotAlone.gov, a clearinghouse for federal information on campus sexual assault – is the first in what will be a series of action steps to address campus sexual assault. Earlier this year, the… Read More


April 28, 2014

This Week in Congress

Here is a list of hearings and happenings around the nation’s capitol that may be of interest to you. TUESDAY House Science, Space and Technology Committee HR 4412 – NASA Authorization Act Full committee markup 1:30 PM; 2318 Rayburn Building House Natural Resources Committee American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers Full committee oversight… Read More


Welcome Back Congress!

Members of Congress return to Washington, DC today after a two-week recess period. Today marks a nine-week work period where at least one chamber will be in session. But the House will recess again in two weeks, the Senate will take off all of Memorial Day week, and the House will take another recess the… Read More


April 25, 2014

Appropriations Bills Set for House Floor Consideration Next Week

House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced today that the House will consider the first of its 12 appropriations bills for FY15 next week. The bills up for consideration are Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (H.R. 4486) and Legislative Branch (H.R. 4487).  The next appropriations bill in line is Commerce-Justice-Science, which is expected to be marked up in… Read More


April 7, 2014

This Week in Congress

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Biofuels and the Economy Full Committee Hearing 10 AM; 328-A Russell Building Senate Armed Services Defense Science and Technology Enterprise Subcommittee Hearing 2:15 PM; 222 Russell Building WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation S 2030 – Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2014 Full… Read More