Federal Relations

March 19, 2013

Sally Jewell Nomination for Interior Secretary to Advance

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a business meeting at 10:00am EDT on Thursday, March 21st, to consider the nomination of Sally Jewell to be the Secretary of the Interior. The business meeting will be webcast live on the Committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the meeting…


Dr. Luis Fraga Talks Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill

Dr. Luis Fraga, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Russell F. Stark Professor at the University of Washington, was on Capitol Hill this morning for a presentation on immigration reform. Dr. Fraga spoke to the room of congressional staff about the need for comprehensive immigration reform and how current and future policies may impact…


March 18, 2013

Busy Week in Congress

Congress has a busy schedule this week before they leave town for their two-week Easter recess. On the agenda are the continuing resolution (CR) and dueling House and Senate budget proposals. The Senate resumes consideration of the CR to fund the federal government for the rest of FY 2013. With some 90 amendments filed, they…


March 15, 2013

Latest CR & Budget Update

This has been a productive week in the world of Congressional Budgets and Appropriations. Congress is wrapping up work on a CR to keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year on September 30th and both House and Senate Budget Committees unveiled their FY14 budgets this week. FY13 Spending Package Nearing Passage…


March 13, 2013

Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced in the last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: S. 440: A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for loan forgiveness for early childhood educators. Sponsor: Mark Begich (D-AK)  Introduced: 3/4/2013  Last Major Action: Referred to Senate Committee on Health,…


March 12, 2013

Military Tuition Assistance Programs Zeroed Out by Sequester

One of the first causalities of the the federal Sequester is the Tuition Assistance (TA) program provided by the Army and Marine Corps. Following the Marines Corps lead, the Army announced on Friday, March 8th that soldiers will not be allowed to enroll in TA-funded courses after the day of the annoucement. The Marines announced on…


Senate Releases FY 2013 Continuing Resolution

Senator Mikulski (D-MD), Senate Appropriations Chair, has released the Senate version of the continuing resolution for FY 2013. HHS and Education programs will continue to be funded at the FY 2012 levels minus the 5 percent cut as mandated by the March 1st OMB report and sequester order. There are a few interesting sections in…


March 11, 2013

This Week in Congress

Below are some congressional hearings scheduled for next week that we will be keeping our eye on and may be of interest to the UW community: Wednesday, March 13 House Appropriations FY14 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations 10 am, H-309 Capitol Building House Appropriations FY14 Homeland Security Appropriations 10 am, 2359 Rayburn House Appropriations FY14 Interior and Environment…


Big Budget Week Ahead

The Senate will take action on a continuing resolution (CR) this week to fund federal government through the end of FY 2013. The current CR expires on March 27th. The Senate bill expands on the House version that was approved in that chamber last week, which combines new Defense and Military Construction-VA bills with a…


March 9, 2013

President’s FY 2014 Budget Delayed Again

President Obama will release his FY 2014 budget on April 8th, more than two months late. Under the law, the President must submit a budget by the first Monday in February. Congressional sources said last week that they had been told the budget was coming on March 25th, meaning the new April 8th release date…


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