Federal Relations

November 10, 2016

Lame Duck Priorities

Congress is scheduled to return next week for a Lame Duck session of Congress and many items still remain on the 2016 agenda before Trump takes office, including wrapping up the 11 remaining FY 2017 spending bills and a 21st Century Cures bill that both Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan said was a priority for passage…


November 9, 2016

Obamacare & the 115th

Today, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Republican leadership’s intention to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, quickly into the 115th Congress. While there is no confirmation on a legislative vehicle, the most likely means for Congress to pass something will be the Budget Reconciliation process. This process is also…


The 45th President of the United States Donald Trump

Almost every DC pollster and expert thought that Clinton would win. They were all wrong. They were also wrong about the Senate. In the 115th Congress, Republicans will control the White House, the Senate, and the House. Last night, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. While a few states remain…


November 8, 2016

Get Out the Vote

It’s finally election day! Over 40 million Americans have already voted, thanks to early voting opportunities across the country, which should be over a third of the votes cast in this election. Some basics… To win the election, Trump or Clinton needs at least 270 electoral votes. There are 538 electoral votes in total. Each…


November 4, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 31 – November 4

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations Office is enjoying this week. Election Day is November 8th!!! Marketplace Crunch – One of the most popular pieces of ObamaCare could be hurting the administration’s push to attract more young people into the wobbly marketplace. Because of the healthcare law, the White House says nearly 3 million young people…


November 1, 2016

Obama Announces Intent to Appoint New Board Members to the NSB

The White House announced that President Barack Obama intends to appoint W. Kent Fuchs, Victor R. McCrary, Emilio F. Moran, and Julia M. Phillips to the National Science Board (NSB). Victor R. McCrary is Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University. Dr. McCrary was the Business Area Executive for Science & Technology…


October 31, 2016

Federal Agenda Submissions Due Nov. 21

Each fall, the Office of Federal Relations develops recommendations for the University’s next federal fiscal year agenda, which is approved by the Provost and President. The Federal Agenda serves as the roadmap and foundation for the University’s communications with Congress and the federal establishment. The the entire campus community is invited to participate in this…


October 28, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 24-28

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. October Surprise -Clinton’s FBI investigation is being reopened. Read more in The Hill.  Double Down –  Professor Allan Lichtman has correctly predicted three decades of presidential candidates. He says Trump is going to win. Read more in the Washington Post.  Challenges – It is…


October 21, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 17-21

The End of Political Correctness on Campus – Trump says he’ll end it, but can he? More from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Debate: Five Takeaways – The tilt in Las Vegas had a little something for everyone: sharp personal attacks, substantive policy discussion and Trump’s unmatched ability to provoke controversy. More from The Hill. …


October 7, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 3 – 7

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Vast Benefits of Destruction – Donald Trump has not paid taxes for the last 19 years. In 1996, he declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial, it has allowed him to legally avoid paying any…


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