Federal Relations

August 23, 2013

Newly Introduced Veterans Education Bills

Below are a couple of recently introduced bills concerning Veterans’ education and benefits that we have been keeping our eye on: HR 2749 – The VET Act Sponsor: Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) Introduced: 7/19/2013 Current Status: Referred to House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Summary: The legislation would give colleges the ability…


August 22, 2013

White House Releases Higher Education Proposals

As part of the college road show President Obama is undertaking starting today, the White House has released a fact sheet on a series of proposals that the Administration will be promoting on higher education. Some of these proposals require legislative action by Congress, while some can be instituted by the Administration. Other proposals by the…


August 16, 2013

Recently Introduced Bills Concerning Ocean Clean Up

There have been a couple of bills introduced this summer surrounding the issue of ocean cleanup in the wake of disaster and preventing future damage to oceans. Below is a quick overview and analysis of a couple of these bills that we have been keeping our eye on. S 1162 – A bill to authorize…


August 9, 2013

Obama to Sign Student Loan Interest Rate Bill

President Obama today will sign the bill reversing the student loan interest rate hike and lowering rates on new student loans this year. The compromise is retroactive to July 1, when the interest rate doubled for federally subsidized student loans. This compromise mirrors the proposal that Obama recommended in his budget request for the FY14…


August 8, 2013

Overview of STEM Education Bills Recently Introduced

Several bills have been introduced this summer surrounding the issue of STEM Education from elementary school through college, with the aim of increasing access for students to these subjects and preparing them for the 21st century workforce. Below is a quick overview and analysis of a few of these bills that we have been keeping…


August 5, 2013

Talks of a Continuing Resolution Gaining Momentum

With Congress officially on their 5-week August recess and only nine legislative days left (House) before the end of the federal fiscal year, talks around DC of a Continuing Resolution (CR) seem to be gaining momentum. Just before departing last week to their respective districts, progress on several remaining FY14 spending bills stalled and it…


August 1, 2013

Student Loan Bill Approved by Congress

Last night, the House approved the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act (HR 1911). This bill: Sets the annual interest rate on Direct Stafford loans and Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans issued to undergraduate students at the rate on high-yield 10-year Treasury notes plus 2.05%, but caps that rate at 8.25%; Sets the annual interest rate on…


July 31, 2013

House to take up Senate-passed Student Loan Deal Today

The House is expected to consider and vote on a bipartisan student loan deal that passed the Senate last week on an 81-18 vote. The deal ties interest rates to the rate on 10-year treasury bonds.  The bill is intended to be a long-term solution and also a retroactive fix to July 1st of this…


July 29, 2013

This Week in Congress

Below is an overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week. Congress is preparing to adjourn for the August recess on Friday. TUESDAY, July 30, 2013 Senate Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Defense Subcommittee Markup 10:30 am, 192 Dirksen WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2013 House Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Interior…


Fiscal Fight Continues

Congresses has a lot on its “to do” list next week before they break for the month-long August recess. The most pressing issue relates to the budget: lawmakers are trying to determine if they can make a deal on the overall budget numbers since they will only have nine working days when they return to…


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