Federal Relations

March 5, 2015

Feds Closed but Senate Holds Arctic Hearing

With 4-10 inches forecast, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) held a hearing on opportunities in the Arctic today despite the federal government being shut down due to snow in the District of Columbia. UW professor Cecilia Bitz testified before the Alaskan Senator, who is also Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on the topic.

March 3, 2015

DHS Funding Passes House

Today, the House passed the FY2015 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In what has been a protracted standoff between the House, the Senate and the Administration, the House passed a clean bill, meaning it was free of any policy riders on immigration that the House GOP had previously attached to similar measures.

March 2, 2015

ED Accepting Applications for Fulbright-Hays

The 2015 grant competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant Program (DDRA) has begun! DDRA provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Who may apply: Institutions of Higher Education Graduate

February 27, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, February 23-27

Here’s a selection of articles we have been reading this week. Gone – The Washington Post goes over what exactly will happen if Congress does not pass funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Read more here. Pick Me!! – An article on why universities vie for Presidential Libraries. Read more at The Washington Post. Perfect

Two Things We Learned this Week

1. Republicans are on a collision course over DoD spending: The long-brewing squabble between GOP defense hawks and fiscal hawks over defense spending is coming to a head, with the House Budget Committee planning to move a budget resolution that sets base defense spending next fiscal year $35 billion below what the Pentagon requested. But

February 26, 2015

Senate Releases Sexual Assault Legislation

Today, Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have reintroduced the Campus Accountability & Safety Act (CASA) for the 114th Congress with a group of ten bipartisan Senators cosponsoring. The House is also expected to drop a companion bill in the near future. Last Congress, CASA caused many issues for the higher education community with the scope and

February 24, 2015

New Plan for Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

For the fourth time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was unable evening to call up a $39.7 billion House-passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill on Monday evening amid united Democratic opposition to provisions blocking recent executive action on immigration riders. Following the failure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to consider a standalone bill narrowly targeting

Senate Considers Reducing Red Tape for Colleges

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on smarter federal regulations for colleges and universities. In November of 2013, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) appointed the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education. Sixteen college presidents and CEOs were charged with reviewing

February 23, 2015

This Week in Congress, February 23-27

The Department of Homeland Security will take stage front and center this week as Congress has only five days left to pass a continuing resolution to fund the agency through the remainder of the fiscal year. Elsewhere on the Hill, we’re paying attention to these committee hearings. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Senate Health, Education, Labor &

February 19, 2015

What We’re Reading, February 16

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team were particularly interested in this week. Picking Fights – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has moved on from picking on labor unions and has picked a new nemesis: public universities! The fight is being viewed as his way of getting more notice before running for President in

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