Federal Relations

July 29, 2013

This Week in Congress

Below is an overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week. Congress is preparing to adjourn for the August recess on Friday. TUESDAY, July 30, 2013 Senate Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Defense Subcommittee Markup 10:30 am, 192 Dirksen WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2013 House Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Interior…


Fiscal Fight Continues

Congresses has a lot on its “to do” list next week before they break for the month-long August recess. The most pressing issue relates to the budget: lawmakers are trying to determine if they can make a deal on the overall budget numbers since they will only have nine working days when they return to…


July 23, 2013

Continuing Resolution Looking Likely

House Republican leadership is beginning to discuss the possibility of a stopgap spending measure – or continuing resolution (CR) – to keep the government running past the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30th. Discussions are beginning earlier than usual this year due to disagreements between the House and Senate are so large…


July 22, 2013

This Week in Congress

An overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week: TUESDAY, July 23rd Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Education for Military and Veterans Full Committee Hearing 10:30 am, 342 Dirksen House Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Interior and Environment Subcommittee Markup 10 am, B-308 Rayburn WEDNESDAY, July 24th House…


New Team Member

The Office of Federal Relations is pleased to announce that our little family grew by one over the weekend. Associate Director Sarah Martin Castro gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday morning. Cappaert Joseph Castro was a whopping 9 pounds when he finally decided to join the world after 38 hours of labor. Sarah,…


July 18, 2013

Bipartisan Agreement Reached on Student Loan Rates

A bipartisan group of senators appear to have reached a deal that would provide a long-term fix to student loan rates, allowing them to increase up to a ceiling of 8.25 percent. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are supporting the compromise, which also would bring both subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans under the same…


July 16, 2013

This Week in Congress

An overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week: TUESDAY, July 16th Senate Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee Markup 10 am, 192 Dirksen Senate Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Homeland Security Subcommittee Markup 10:30 am, 138 Dirksen House Energy & Commerce Energy and Commerce Bills…


July 15, 2013

Things Heat Up in Congress

Congress returns to work this week under a heat advisory for our fist long stretch of very hot and humid weather in DC. Today is predicted to see 94 degrees in the nation’s capitol, but it will feel more like 101 according to weather.com. And today will likely be the coolest day of the week!…


July 12, 2013

July Federal Update

FY14 APPROPRIATIONS The path to enacting FY14 appropriations measures is paved with legislative friction as Congress is showing no signs of undoing the sequester and the House and Senate chambers are working on vastly different overall budget numbers. At this point, there are three budgets — House, Senate, and White House — all of which…


July 11, 2013

National Science Board Seeks Nominees

The National Science Board, which is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation (NSF), has issued a call for nominations for candidates to serve on the Board for the years 2014-2020.  Nominations are open now through Monday, July 29, 2013. The Board will assemble a group of candidates to submit to President Obama for nomination…


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