Federal Relations

March 31, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, March 28 – April 1

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. It’s Not The Hunger Games – It’s college acceptance letter season, and it’s not all obsessively checking the mailbox (not just because most acceptance comes electronically these days). What’s more college isn’t (despite public and Hollywood perception) all ivy covered walls and…

March 25, 2016

NIH Reinforces Commitment to Basic Science

This week Dr. Francis Collins and senior leadership at NIH published a letter in Science reinforcing the agency’s commitment to basic science and introducing a revision to our grant application instructions. The updated instructions will ensure that the public health relevance statement in grant applications better reflects the full spectrum of the NIH mission and its commitment to support…

March 24, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, March 21-25

The House and Senate headed out for the Easter Recess this week, but the news kept coming. Here is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team enjoyed reading this week. Climate Science in Science – Last week, the House Science Committee held a hearing on NOAA’s FY17 budget proposal. Overall, the hearing did not…

March 22, 2016

House Budget Crunch, Appropriators Roll On

Originally, House Republicans had planned this short work week as one to adopt the FY 2017 budget blueprint passed by the House Budget Committee last week. Passing a FY 2017 budget, despite the two year budget agreement reached last year, was to reinforce the Republican base and broadly that Republicans can rise above and lead in Washington….

House Clears Aviation Extension, Short-term Relief for FAA Reauth

On Monday night, the House cleared  a measure that would extend aviation programs through July 15, 2016, giving Congress another three and a half months for the two chambers to seek an agreement on a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Procedurally, the House  concurred with a Senate amendment to the short-term extension (HR 4721) the House had…

March 17, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, March 14-18

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Next Battle Front – As discretionary spending declines, the federal government has used its oversight authority with increasing regularity to intrude in the affairs of colleges and universities well beyond federal aid compliance and basic tax and regulatory concerns — it has begun…

March 16, 2016

House Budget Rolls On

The House Budget Committee released their FY 2017 budget resolution Tuesday to win support from dissident conservatives through a combination of assumed cuts in mandatory spending programs and new budget rules. The House Budget outlines the Congressional tax and spending framework, which does not go to the president and does not become a law. The purpose of…

March 14, 2016

Senate Confirms King

The Senate confirmed John King as Secretary of Education by a vote of 49-40.

March 10, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, March 7 – 11

Here’s a selection of articles that Federal Relations is enjoying this week. All Hail – John King was cleared by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee this week to move forward and be confirmed as the next Secretary of Education. Read more in the Washington Post. Not Really Helpful – In most college sexual assault…

March 7, 2016

FY2017 Appropriations Season in Full Swing

The House is out this week, but the Senate is in, voting today on a procedural motion to close debate on a measure that would provide grants for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. The Senate will also be hearing about the President’s FY2017 budget plans for a variety of agencies. Most hearings will be…

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