Federal Relations

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…


March 7, 2013

House Approves CR for FY 2013

Yesterday the House approved a six-month continuing resolution (CR) to fund federal government past March 27th when the current CR expires. The bill would shift billions of dollars to military operations to help the Army and Navy cope with automatic spending cuts ordered by the sequester last week. The measure now moves to the Senate,…


Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced in the last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: S. 406: The “Students First Act” – a bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for new program review requirements. The bill is designed to go after ‘bad actors’ in higher education…


March 6, 2013

SNOW! Oh, and House Considers FY 2013 CR Today

Federal government is closed today due to an approaching snow storm in the Washington, DC area. It is currently snowing heavily and sideways outside my window, but it is wet snow and doesn’t appear to be sticking much yet. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through 3:00am Thursday morning, and the…


March 2, 2013

Obama Orders Sequestration

Late last night, President Obama issued the order mandating sequester cuts across the federal government. Here is the order and link to the Office of Management and Budget’s report to Congress: SEQUESTRATION ORDER FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 PURSUANT TO SECTION 251A OF THE BALANCED BUDGET AND EMERGENCY DEFICIT CONTROL ACT, AS AMENDED By the authority vested in…


March 1, 2013

Next 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: Tuesday, March 5 Senate Budget Wasteful Spending in the Tax Code 10 am, 608 Dirksen Senate Veterans’ Affairs & House Veterans’ Affairs Legislative Priorities of Veterans Organizations 10 am,…


Sequestration Begins at Midnight Tonight

Sequestration officially starts today around midnight, though Obama could issue the order sooner that will direct federal agencies to make cuts of about 9 percent for most nondefense discretionary programs and 13 percent for defense programs. This represents $85 million is spending cuts over the remaining seven months of FY 2013. If kept in full,…


February 28, 2013

Senate Sequester Delay Measures Fail

As predicted, the Senate rejected a Republican bill giving President Obama broad discretion to implement $85.3 billion in spending cuts — or sequester — over the remainder of FY 2013. The proposal failed 38 to 62. Senate Democrats also fell short of the 60 votes needed to move ahead with their own plan to forestall automatic…


Sequestration Tomorrow

The Sequester is scheduled to take effect tomorrow, March 1st. There are some efforts to delay, modify, or turn off the sequester but none of those proposals have sufficient support to move through the legislative process at this point. A policy brief on this topic will be sent to the UW community today. That said,…


February 27, 2013

Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced in the last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: H.R. 700: A bill to direct the Secretary of Education to carry out the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education (ARPA-ED) to fund directed development projects to supported targeted breakthroughs in teaching and learning. Sponsor: George Miller (D-CA) …


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