October 23, 2013

Next US Under Secretary of Education?

Unconfirmed rumors are that Ted Mitchell will be nominated as the next US Under Secretary of Education, replacing Martha Kanter. Mitchell is currently the CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund and the former President of Occidental College. While Kanter’s career has focused on higher education issues, Mitchell’s background is more focused on K-12 issues. The White… Read More


October 18, 2013

Shutdown Over but Fiscal Issues Remain

The most recent fiscal crisis has been resolved, government is reopened, and the nation’s debt limit has been raised sufficiently to cover our bills. But that doesn’t mean that the broader fiscal issues aren’t still front and center. The next budget fights and political battles are beginning to take shape as all sides are now… Read More


October 17, 2013

Welcome Back, Federal Government!

The metro was packed this morning, traffic was slow, and DC was once again busy with activity – all welcome signs that the Federal Government is open as a couple hundred thousand federal employees made their way into work for the first time since September 30th. The Senate released a last minute deal yesterday afternoon… Read More


October 16, 2013

Shutdown: Day 16 and Default Looming

Negotiations broke down (again) yesterday as the House GOP leadership failed to find enough support among their caucus to move forward two separate proposals to end the shutdown and raise the nation’s debt limit. All eyes are on the Senate as they resume negotiations. The tentative deal under discussion in the Senate would reopen the… Read More


October 15, 2013

Shutdown & Debt Limit: Two Chambers, Two Competing Proposals

While discussions are happening and proposals are beginning to take shape, there still is not a clear solution that will reopen the government or raise the debt ceiling before we hit the current limit on Thursday. Senate leaders have been negotiating a deal for the past couple of days and appeared to be somewhat close… Read More


October 14, 2013

Shutdown Day 14: Days Before Debt Limit Deadline and No Deal in Sight

Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continued negotiations over the weekend – searching for a deal that would raise the debt limit and reopen the government, but emerged with no deal in sight yet. A bipartisan group of 12 Senators are also currently in-closed door meetings this morning trying to work out… Read More


October 12, 2013

Shutdown: Day 12 and Progress!

Congressional leaders continue to work toward reopening government and extend the debt limit before the October 27th deadline. While details are vague, it appears that the proposal would immediately end the shutdown and fund federal agencies for six months at current spending levels. It would maintain the automatic cuts, or sequester, but give agency officials… Read More


October 11, 2013

Shutdown: Day Eleven Brings a Glimmer of Hope

Negotiations to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit continued into the night Thursday after House Republicans and President Obama failed to reach an agreement on ending the fiscal standoff during a White House meeting earlier in the day. The GOP favors a temporary increase in the debt ceiling through November 22nd but… Read More


October 10, 2013

Shutdown: Day Ten

Lawmakers made no visible progress Wednesday on a stopgap spending bill to reopen federal government with the Senate once again rejecting piecemeal funding bills favored by the House. The funding impasse has kept the government shut down since the new federal fiscal year began October 1st. The focus today is on a White House meeting… Read More


October 8, 2013

Shutdown: One-Week Anniversary and Nothing to Celebrate

There is no new progress on Capitol Hill to end the week old government shutdown. Instead of the usual update, I thought you might enjoy reading what we’re reading. The following articles provide some insights into possible paths forward and the impacts of the shutdown outside the beltway. On Capitol Hill House Republicans Unlikely to… Read More