Federal Relations

May 21, 2013

Moniz sworn in as Secretary of Energy

Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in as Energy secretary in the department’s cafeteria this morning. Moriz was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate on May 16. Moniz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist, begins with bipartisan endorsement after his 97-0 confirmation. His predecessor, Steven Chu, also won unanimous confirmation in 2009 before battling with GOP lawmakers over…


May 20, 2013

Senate focuses on Farm Bill and House focuses on Student Loans for the bulk of the week

The Senate and House continue to work though legislation that respective committees addressed last week. The full Senate will consider the Farm Bill (S 954), which the Senate Agriculture Committee passed last week. The Farm Bill reauthorization , which would overhaul farm subsidies and food stamp programs, is expected to be considered by the Senate for…


This Week in Congress

An overview of House and Senate Committee Hearings and Markups on the schedule this week. TUESDAY, MAY 21st House Appropriations FISCAL 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: 302(B) ALLOCATIONS May 21, 11 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg Full Committee Markup House Education & the Workforce FISCAL 2014 BUDGET: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION May 21, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg Full Committee…


FY14 Appropriations Update

Appropriations:  This week, House appropriators are expected to approve a plan for writing FY14 spending bills that would make deep cuts in domestic programs in order to protect defense programs. The overall figure will adhere to the spending caps set by recent budget agreements and assumes the sequester will apply to FY14 without a larger…


May 17, 2013

House GOP Proposes Austere FY14 Appropriations Plan

Late yesterday, the House Republicans released new spending targets for FY14 appropriations bills. Under the GOP numbers, the Labor-HHS-ED bill will face a nearly 20 percent reduction on top of the cuts already made in the March 1st sequestration order. These programs would be capped at $121.8 billion — or about $28 billion below the…


May 16, 2013

Chairman of the House Science Committee vs. NSF — the fight escalates

In what appears to be an ever escalating battle, the National Science Foundation (NSF) today officially refused to comply with a request to supply reviewer comments to five grants questioned by House Science, Space and Technology Chairman, Lamar Smith (R-TX). On April 25th, Chairman Smith sent a letter to the NSF, which asked for an…


House Committee Moves on Student Loan Fix

Today, the House Education and the Workforce Committee marked up and two measures on to improve college costs and data transparency. The committee modestly amended and approved HR 1911, the Smarter Solutions for Students Act by a vote of 24-13, which ran largely along party lines. The amended HR 1911 would peg interest rates on all…


May 13, 2013

Charting the student loan interest rate proposals

As the Office of Federal Relations continues to track the proposals and progress made on legislation affecting the student loan interest rate, below is a chart highlighting the proposals to date and major proposals. Options continue to multiply as the July 1 deadline raising the 3.4 percent interest rate to 6.4 percent is quickly approaching….


This Week in Congress

TUESDAY, MAY 13th Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: HOMELAND SECURITY 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing WEDNESDAY, MAY 14th Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 10 a.m., SVC-117 Capitol Visitor Center Subcommittee Hearing 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: ENERGY AND WATER 2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee…


Farm Bill goes to mark up

Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are working on the Farm Bill this week. The respective farm bills scheduled to be marked up in Senate Agriculture on Tuesday and House Agriculture on Wednesday. The draft House plan released on Friday would save a projected $39.7 billion over a decade through reductions to nutrition programs, farm…


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