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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…


July 23, 2013

Continuing Resolution Looking Likely

House Republican leadership is beginning to discuss the possibility of a stopgap spending measure – or continuing resolution (CR) – to keep the government running past the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30th. Discussions are beginning earlier than usual this year due to disagreements between the House and Senate are so large…


July 22, 2013

This Week in Congress

An overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week: TUESDAY, July 23rd Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Education for Military and Veterans Full Committee Hearing 10:30 am, 342 Dirksen House Appropriations Fiscal 2014 Appropriations: Interior and Environment Subcommittee Markup 10 am, B-308 Rayburn WEDNESDAY, July 24th House…


New Team Member

The Office of Federal Relations is pleased to announce that our little family grew by one over the weekend. Associate Director Sarah Martin Castro gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday morning. Cappaert Joseph Castro was a whopping 9 pounds when he finally decided to join the world after 38 hours of labor. Sarah,…


July 18, 2013

Bipartisan Agreement Reached on Student Loan Rates

A bipartisan group of senators appear to have reached a deal that would provide a long-term fix to student loan rates, allowing them to increase up to a ceiling of 8.25 percent. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are supporting the compromise, which also would bring both subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans under the same…


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