Federal Relations

October 2, 2015

Arne Duncan to Step Down in December

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will step down at the end of December. He was one the last remaining original cabinet appointees and will have served six years. His family recently returned to Chicago, where Duncan ran public schools for several years before his appointment as Secretary of Education. During his tenure,…


New Debt Limit Deadline: November 5th

Congress will need to address the debt limit by November 5th or risk a default on the nation’s debt. The deadline is the first the Obama administration has set for raising the $18.1 trillion debt limit, and comes in somewhat earlier than what most experts had predicted. The federal government reached its borrowing limit in…


What We’re Reading This Week, September 28-October 2

Here’s a selection or articles the Federal Relations Team is reading this week. Whither Pell? – A new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers. Read more at The Atlantic.  Chill in the Pacific…


October 1, 2015

Perkins Expires

Despite efforts of Senators Tammy Balwin (D-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Senate was unable to take up the House-passed measure to extend the Perkins program. After the House moved quickly this week to extend Perkins loans and send a measure to the Senate, the two Senate champions attempted to have the Senate quickly consider…


Welcome to the New Fiscal Year!

With the passage of a continuing resolution late last night, the federal government is open for business on this first day of FY2016! The threat of shutdown diminished greatly last Friday when House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his retirement effective October 30, 2015. The CR will fund federal through December 11 and includes $1.017…


September 30, 2015

House GOP Sets Leadership Elections

House Republicans will hold elections for new leaders on Oct 8 in a closed door session. It is expected to be a contentious meeting and election, with multiple candidates vying for each position as the House GOP conference struggles to maintain political strength after Speaker John Boehner’s surprise retirement announcement last week. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is…


Shutdown Averted

Earlier this morning, the Senate passed a clean continuing resolution (CR) extending federal funding authority until December 11th. Last week, the Senate tried and failed to pass a CR which would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds. The measure failed, which cleared the way for the clean CR. Just now, the House cleared, 277-151, a…


September 29, 2015

Power Scramble for House GOP

With Boehner’s retirement announcement, his position, and the power of Speaker, is now up for grabs. His successor — Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is considered the front-runner — may have just as much difficulty in pacifying conservative Republicans willing to hold important legislation hostage to their priorities. Some ambitious members already in leadership vying to move up the ladder,…


NEH Turns 50

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) turns fifty today and is kicking off a year long celebration. Fifty years ago, on September 29, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. The law created the National Endowment…


Senate Advances Clean CR

On Monday, the Senate took the first step toward approving a continuing resolution (CR) to fund federal government through December 11, 2015. They will take a final vote on the measure on Wednesday – the last day of the current fiscal year – and then send it to the House for consideration at before current…


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