Federal Relations

June 6, 2013

Student Loan Bills Fail in Senate

This morning, the Senate took up both S 953, the Reed-Harkin-Reid-Murray two year extension of 3.4% interest rate on student loans and the Senate Republican alternative, S 1003, sponsored by Senators Tom Colburn and Lamar Alexander. ¬†The Senate Republican bill would have tied student loan interest rates to the 10-year Treasury note rate plus 3…


Today in Congress: Student Loan Bills

The Senate is in at 9:00am and will hold three procedural votes on the farm bill and two rival bills to keep interest rates low for student loans. It’s not certain either can clear the 60-vote threshold in the Senate. The Republican-led House already has taken action on loans – and drawn a veto threat…


June 4, 2013

ED Now Accepting Applications for Fall Internships

The Department of Education (ED) is currently accepting applications for fall internships for those interested in education policy research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, work with social media while learning about the role Federal Government plays in education, or similar areas. Interns will develop a variety of other skills, including writing, researching, communication,…


Senate Moves to Add Student Loans Fix to Farm Bill

The Senate continues to consider the Farm Bill this week. More than 200 amendments are pending consideration to the Farm Bill, including S953, known as the Reed, Harkin, Reid, Murray bill which would would increase taxes on multinational corporations to pay for a two-year extension for student loans at 3.4 percent. Senate Democratic leadership added…


June 3, 2013

This Week in Congress

An overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week: TUESDAY, June 4th Senate Appropriations 2014 Appropriations: Transportation, HUD Subcommittee Hearing 2:30 pm, 138 Dirksen House Science, Space, & Technology STEM Education Reorganization Full Committee Hearing 2 pm, 2318 Rayburn WEDNESDAY, June 5th Senate Appropriations 2014 Appropriations: Defense Subcommittee…


September Stalemate on FY14 Appropriations

Members of Congress return to DC this week to take on the farm bill, try to keep student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st, and continue with the FY14 appropriations process. And while immigration reform is still being debated, some are now skeptical that the House and Senate can come get to a…


May 31, 2013

OMB issues guidance to agencies for FY2015

This week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued budget guidance to all agency and department heads the the Fiscal Year 2015 Budgets submissions to OMB. In short, the overall submission should be at least 5% less but should aim for a 10% cut to the net discretionary total provided for to each agency…


May 30, 2013

GSA Science Policy Fellowship Opportunity in Washington, DC

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is seeking applicants for its Science Policy Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides a recent MS or PhD recipient the opportunity to work in the GSA Washington Office for one year. The fellow works with the GSA Director for Geoscience Policy to participate in a range of science-policy activities. The…


May 28, 2013

This Week in Congress

Both the House and Senate are in their Memorial Day recess this week, so there are no votes or committee meetings scheduled. When Congress returns next week, the full Senate is expected to consider a comprehensive immigration reform bill created by the bipartisan ‘Gang of Eight’ which was cleared out of committee last week. Congress…


May 24, 2013

Furlough Friday courtesy of the Sequester

Today is the largest non-weather-related partial government shutdown in recent history thanks the Sequester. Around¬†115,000 people, which is approximately 5 percent of the federal workforce, will stay home thanks to Sequester mandated furloughs. That includes nearly all of the workers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Office of Management…


Next page