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September 11, 2013

And We’re Back… To Fiscal Issues

What a difference a couple of days makes here in the nation’s capitol. On Monday, President Obama and Congress were still projecting a vote to take military action in Syria. But this morning it appears that the pause button has been pushed on that topic and lawmakers are once again turning to fiscal issues. Late…

September 9, 2013

This Week in Congress

Congress returned from their five-week August recess today. There are a few issues of interest to us that they are expected to tackle in the next couple months, but much of the legislative calendar has been rearranged around the situation in Syria. Below are a couple of hearings this week that have been confirmed and…

Welcome Back Congress!

Congress returns to work today after a long summer break. When they left town five weeks ago, it looked like the legislative fall schedule would focus on domestic issues: the budget and debt limit, immigration, health care reform, and maybe even education or higher education issues. Now it appears that most of the nine working…

September 6, 2013

CR and Syria

Congress will return to the US Capitol on Monday after a long August recess period. And in the nine working days they have scheduled for September, the focus will be on the instability in Syria and on-going fiscal issues. The House is likely to take up a short-term, stopgap funding measure – continuing resolution (CR)…

September 4, 2013

WA Member Bills

Below are a couple of recently introduced bills by our own Washington congressional delegation that we are tracking. More information about these bills can be found at HR 2105 – Information Technology Exchange Program Act of 2013 Sponsor: Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) Introduced: 5/22/2013 Current Status: Referred to House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee…

August 29, 2013

Obama’s Plan for College Affordability

Last Thursday and Friday, President Obama toured several colleges and universities touting a new plan for higher education access and affordability. The Offices of Planning & Budgeting and Federal Relations prepared a brief with additional information about this plan.

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…

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