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February 10, 2015

House Passes NASA Reauthorization

Today, the House of Representatives yesterday approved HR 810, the NASA Authorization Act of 2015 as a noncontroversial measure under suspension of the rules. The bill is identical to the bipartisan bill that passed the House last year by a vote of 401-2 but failed to be considered in the Senate. It remains uncertain if…

February 9, 2015

House to Mark Up ESEA

Today, the House Education and Workforce committee announced they will markup HR 5, the Student Success Act on Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 am. Chairman Kline and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the Student Success Act this month. The Senate has announced that they are taking a bipartisan approach to crafting the ESEA and…

February 5, 2015

What We’re Reading, February 2nd

Here’s a selection or articles we are reading this week. Hitting Home – What does Obama’s 2016 Budget Means for States and Localities? The president’s budget would be a boon in a host of areas (infrastructure, certain block grants) but also includes cuts to popular programs. Read it at Governing. Agreed! – Five Things Republicans can…

February 4, 2015

House Introduces ESEA Bill

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced legislation to improve K-12 education and replace No Child Left Behind. Based on a proposals passed by the House in 2013, HR 5, the Student Success Act, the House Committee says the measure will reduce…

House Passes Repeal of ObamaCare, again

On Tuesday, the House voted, again, to repeal Obamacare. What makes this attempt notable, however, is that the measure contained instructions to the House Committees with jurisdiction to develop alternative policies and legislation in the absence of the health care law. This is the first time the House has coupled an ObamaCare repeal vote with instructions…

Senate Fails to Pass Homeland Security Spending Bill

The Senate failed to evoke cloture and pass the Department of Homeland Security spending bill for FY15. In an ironic twist, Senate Democrats used procedural maneuvers they so railed against in previous congressed to block the measure from moving forward. The 46 Senate Democrats banded together to block the bill from coming to the Senate floor for…

February 2, 2015

This Week in Congress, February 2-6

Here are some interesting committee hearings to watch this week. TUESDAY, February 3 Senate Budget FISCAL 2016 BUDGET 10 a.m., 608 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing House Science, Space & Technology NSF RESEARCH FACILITY OVERSIGHT Feb. 3, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Joint Hearing House Ways & Means FISCAL 2016 BUDGET ISSUES 10 a.m.,…

It’s Budget Day!

President Obama will release his FY2016 budget today and it will push for tens of billions of dollars more in federal spending by arguing the deficit has been cut and the economy is much improved since he first took office six years ago. His fiscal 2016 budget plan will flip that by making the case…

January 30, 2015

Pell Grant Levels Announced

The Department of Education announced the maximum Pell grant levels for 2015-2016 today. The agency said the maximum award amount will be $5,775, which is an increase of $45 over the 2014-2015 award maximum. The amount is affected by the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), which was incorporated as part of Public Law 111-152….

January 29, 2015

What We’re Reading this Week, January 26

Here’s a selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. NCLB? – The first item on the agenda for the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (HELP) Committee is the reauthorization of ESEA or No Child Left Behind. New HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) talks about how his views on…

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