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December 5, 2014

House Narrowly Passes Immigration Response

In a fairly narrow and mostly party line vote, the House passed a measure disapproving of Obama’s immigration action yesterday. It likely stops there: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won’t take it up.  Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) has lead the effort in the House meant to channel conservative anger and stop the Administration’s…


December 4, 2014

House to Pass Tax Extenders

The House is set to consider HR 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act today. The measure would retroactively extend more than 50 expired tax breaks for one year. It would renew the individual deduction for state and local sales taxes and the equalization of tax-free benefits for transit and parking, the business research and development tax credit,…


NDAA Sent to Senate

The House passed HR 3979 the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 300-119. The Senate is expected to take up and pass the measure next week. The measure, which must be passed annually, authorizes all Pentagon and defense-related programs for the fiscal year. In FY15, the measure authorizes $577.1 billion for the…


November 21, 2014

Obama Takes Action on Immigration

President Obama has announced during a prime-time television address on Thursday evening that he will take executive action on immigration. The sweeping actions aim to shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and will grant work permits to some. A new program will allow the parents of US citizens and permanent residents…


November 20, 2014

House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs Announced

Today House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers announced the Republican Steering Committee has approved the 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs for the 114th Congress. In a statement, Chairman Rogers said, “The 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen are essential to this success. They lead the way in overseeing our federal agencies, and guide spending decisions to make the most…


November 18, 2014

Congressman Rush Holt to lead AAAS

Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., who is retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of this year, has agreed to become chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals for American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), He will succeed Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., who had previously announced that he would be…


November 17, 2014

Appropriations Update: Shutdown Possible?

Congress returns to the Capitol today to begin a long week of work before the Thanksgiving break. There are roughly 11 working days before the next continuing resolution (CR) runs out on December 11th so Congress continues to consider their options for completing FY 2015 appropriations. House and Senate Republican leaders keep insisting they don’t…


November 10, 2014

This Week in Congress

Following last week’s election and the October recess, Congress returns to work in the capitol this week.  Both the House and Senate will reconvene on Wednesday, November 12 at 2 p.m. Here are a few committee hearings we’re paying attention to this week. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Senate Appropriations Committee EBOLA OUTBREAK GOVERNMENT RESPONSE Nov. 12,…


October 30, 2014

ED announces new IFLE Deputy Assistant Secretary

Today the Department of Education announced Mohamed Abdel-Kader will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) in the Office of Postsecondary Education. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of IFLE, Mohamed will “have responsibility for encouraging and promoting the study of foreign languages and the study of the cultures of other countries…


October 22, 2014

ED Announces Final Rule on PLUS Loans

The US Department of Education will publish new rules in the Federal Register tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) that are intended to strengthen the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program.  The new regulations aim to expand access to higher education and better reflect programmatic changes that have occurred since the PLUS loan program began more than 20…


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