Federal Relations

December 8, 2015

McCarthy Announces Short-term CR

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the House will take up a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), as expected previously, to fund the federal government beyond midnight Friday. At this point, it is unclear how long the CR will last, but with the announcement McCarthy also said that Members should expect to work Friday…


December 7, 2015

Approps Timeline Slips

With Congressional spending authority set to expire midnight on Friday, the likelihood of a deal before the deadline has become increasingly more unlikely. Without any apparent consensus on a broader funding agreement, the Congressional leadership is not set to file an omnibus appropriations bill Monday night, as required by House rules, for consideration later this…


December 4, 2015

Senate Clears Highway Bill, On to Obama

Last night, the Senate cleared the $305 billion surface transportation reauthorization revealed this week. This is the first five-year highway and transit reauthorization Congress has passed since 2005.The bill also includes a four-year extension of the Export-Import Bank charter, through fiscal 2019. The measure passed by a 83-16 vote. Passage of the highway and transit bill comes one…


December 3, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, November 30 – December 4

Here’s a selection of article the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Complicated Timelines – Congress returns after the Thanksgiving Recess this week and faces some significant deadlines and challenges before the end of the year (or Friday when the transportation bill expires). Read more at Roll Call.  Packed Agenda – Congress has an…


December 1, 2015

Transportation Reauthorization Agreement Reached

An agreement was announced this Tuesday afternoon after a majority of conferees signed off on the package with days to spare before the short-term reauthorization expires on Friday, December 4th. The mammoth deal, which authorizes for highway and transit programs, as well as Amtrak, through fiscal year 2020, is set to move through the House and Senate…


November 30, 2015

ESEA Conference Report Released, Passage Expected Before Recess

  Both Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. John Kline (R-MN) Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, put a No Child Left Behind rewrite at the top of their to-do lists in 2015. After multiple stops and starts in the House, the House and Senate Conferees…


State of the Union on January 12th

Today, Speaker Paul Ryan officially officially invited President Barack Obama to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, January 12.


December 11th Deadline Looming

The House and Senate return to Washington, DC today after a weeklong break for the Thanksgiving holiday. They are expected to be in session for approximately 15 days, giving them limited time to finish work on an several critical pieces of legislation, including an omnibus bill before the current continuing resolution expires on December 11th….


November 25, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, November 23-27

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Downward Spiral  – University federal funding has failed to outpace inflation for the third consecutive year. Read more at NSF. Revisiting History – Woodrow Wilson is one of Princeton’s most celebrated figures, but recently his attitudes on race have called…


November 23, 2015

FY 2016 Clock is Ticking

Congress is in recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but not all is quiet in Washington, DC. On Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande is visiting the White House in the wake of the Paris Attacks. At the Capitol, the clock is still ticking for deadlines on reauthorizing highway and transit programs and an FY 2016 omnibus…


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