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June 5, 2017

This week in Congress, June 5-9

Here is a selection of committee meetings this week. United States Senate Senate Armed Services DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION/FUTURE YEARS June 6, 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing Senate Appropriations EDUCATION BUDGET June 6, 10 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Appropriations DEFENSE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION/FAMILY HOUSING BUDGET June 6, 2:30 p.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg….

May 30, 2017

This Week in Congress, May 30 – June 2

This week both chambers are in recess. The Senate returns to DC on Monday, June 5th, and the House returns Tuesday, June 6th.

Memorial Day Recess, Health Care & Tax Reform Slowly Move, Omnibus Already?

The House and Senate are in recess to observe Memorial Day this week. Members returned to their home districts to work as efforts continue behind the scenes in DC on health care and tax reform. Health care continues to be a big unknown in the Senate. According to the most recent impact analysis released by the Congressional…

May 26, 2017

What We’re Reading, May 22-26

Here is a selection of article the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. Montana Special Election – The special election to fill Montana’s U.S. House seat took a weird turn on Wednesday night when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, reportedly body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. What effect all this will have on today’s special…

May 25, 2017

ED’s COO of Finanical Aid Quits

Tuesday night, James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, quit \over what he said were simmering management problems at the agency that culminated in a dispute with DeVos over her insistence that he testify Wednesday before a congressional oversight panel. Politico has the story. 

Appeals Court Upholds Block on Administration Travel Ban

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the block on the second version of the Administration travel ban. A federal judge in Maryland originally blocked the ban from going into effect earlier this year. The Fourth Circuit covers the following states: Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Ninth Circuit Court…

Administration’s FY2018 Budget Would Restrict F&A, Contains Salary Cap

Two provisions of note in the President’s Budget released Tuesday: Within the NIH section of the Major Savings and Reforms provision, the Budget includes an indirect cost rate for NIH grants that will be capped at 10 percent of total research. This approach would be applied to all types of grants with a rate higher than…

Tax Provisions in the FY 2018 Administation’s Budget Proposal

In an effort to set the agenda for tax reform later in the 115th Congress, the New Foundation for American Greatness Budget for FY 2018 does contain a number of tax provisions in various sections. The White House Budget provides few specific details about the Administration’s plans for tax reform, noting that details “will be released at…

May 24, 2017

23 Million Would Lose Health Insurance, According to CBO

The Congressional Budget Office, which analyzes impacts of bills, determined today that the House-passed legislation to repeal Obamacare earlier this spring would lead to 23 million individuals losing health insurance over 10 years. Read more here and here.

May 23, 2017

New Foundation for American Greatness Budget for FY 2018

The Administration unveiled the New Foundation for American Greatness Budget which builds on the America First or blueprint or skinny budget released in March. Similar to the previous Administration, the Trump Administration does address the sequester caps. Where the Obama Administation repeatedly proposed scaling back the spending caps on both military and domestic spending, Trump would relieve…

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