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May 25, 2017

ED’s COO of Finanical Aid Quits

Tuesday night, James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, quit \over what he said were simmering management problems at the agency that culminated in a dispute with DeVos over her insistence that he testify Wednesday before a congressional oversight panel. Politico has the story. 


Appeals Court Upholds Block on Administration Travel Ban

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the block on the second version of the Administration travel ban. A federal judge in Maryland originally blocked the ban from going into effect earlier this year. The Fourth Circuit covers the following states: Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Ninth Circuit Court…


Administration’s FY2018 Budget Would Restrict F&A, Contains Salary Cap

Two provisions of note in the President’s Budget released Tuesday: Within the NIH section of the Major Savings and Reforms provision, the Budget includes an indirect cost rate for NIH grants that will be capped at 10 percent of total research. This approach would be applied to all types of grants with a rate higher than…


Tax Provisions in the FY 2018 Administation’s Budget Proposal

In an effort to set the agenda for tax reform later in the 115th Congress, the New Foundation for American Greatness Budget for FY 2018 does contain a number of tax provisions in various sections. The White House Budget provides few specific details about the Administration’s plans for tax reform, noting that details “will be released at…


May 24, 2017

23 Million Would Lose Health Insurance, According to CBO

The Congressional Budget Office, which analyzes impacts of bills, determined today that the House-passed legislation to repeal Obamacare earlier this spring would lead to 23 million individuals losing health insurance over 10 years. Read more here and here.


May 23, 2017

New Foundation for American Greatness Budget for FY 2018

The Administration unveiled the New Foundation for American Greatness Budget which builds on the America First or blueprint or skinny budget released in March. Similar to the previous Administration, the Trump Administration does address the sequester caps. Where the Obama Administation repeatedly proposed scaling back the spending caps on both military and domestic spending, Trump would relieve…


May 22, 2017

This Week in Congress, May 22-26

Here is a selection of committee activities taking place this week in Congress.   TUESDAY, MAY 23 Senate Judiciary SOUTHERN BORDER SECURITY May 23, 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing House Energy & Commerce ZIKA PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE May 23, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing House Select Intelligence RUSSIA INVESTIGATION May 23,…


NEH Chairman Announces Resignation

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today that its chairman, William D. Adams, will be resigning from his position, effective Tuesday, May 23. He was nominated to lead the NEH by President Obama in 2014. Prior to joining the agency, Adams served as the president of Colby College for 14 years.


May 19, 2017

What We’re Reading, May 15-19

Here is a selection of article the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. Trump Calls Comey “Nut Job” – The latest news the Trump-Russia saga: President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing…


May 15, 2017

They’re Back (tho’ the Senate Never Left)

DC typically has a strong law enforcement presence, and now, officers are everywhere on the Hill today because it’s National Police Week and the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service is today on the West Front of the Capitol. The Senate continues to consider nominations. Up first, Jeffrey Rosen is Trump’s pick to be Deputy Secretary of…


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