Federal Relations

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…


November 19, 2015

House and Senate Recess for Thanksgiving

The Senate shelved consideration of the FY2016 Transportation-HUD spending bill after Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked progress on two transportation-related amendments and demanded consideration of his amendment  to bar assistance to refugees from certain countries. Senate Leadership announced there will be no more votes this week in the Senate, opening the door to the Thanksgiving recess. Earlier…


House Pushes “Pause” on Syria Refugees

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to slap stringent — and difficult to implement — new screening procedures on refugees from Syria seeking resettlement, seizing on the fear stemming from the Paris attacks. The bill passed by a vote of 289 to 137 with nearly 50 Democrats in support even after Administration officials implored congressional Democrats to vote…


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