Federal Relations

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…


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,…


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