Federal Relations

January 23, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, January 19

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is reading this week: Meetings! – A guide on how to make the most of your DC visit. From Roll Call. Due North – President Obama has issued an Executive Order on creating an Arctic Executive Steering Committee to eliminate overlapping areas of responsibility within the federal government and better

January 20, 2015

State of The Union

Tonight at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific, President Obama is scheduled to give his 6th State of the Union address to Congress. The White House has been previewing certain initiatives, such as two years of free community college and paid sick leave, in advance of the speech tonight. Tonight, however, the crux of his speech is

January 19, 2015

This Week in Congress, January 19-23

It’s a short week due to the Martin Luther King holiday, but a full one nonetheless. President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday evening and House and Senate committees get moving on issues that are sure to be significant in the 114th Congress. We’ll be paying attention to the following hearings

January 16, 2015

Senate Introduces Two Immigration Bills

Two bills focusing on immigration were introduced today in the Senate, the Startup Act and the I-Squared bill. Both are designed to address STEM and high tech needs to encourage high-skilled immigrants remain in the US. The Start Up Act Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mark Warner (D-VA) reintroduced the Startup Act today. The bill, which has

January 15, 2015

House Passes DHS Appropriations and Raises Immigration Stakes

The House adjourned yesterday for the annual Republican retreat. But before they left, the House took steps to block major provisions of the president’s immigration policy announced in November of 2014. As an amendment to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY15, the House passed a series of amendments effectively blocking Obama’s executive action to shield millions

What We’re Reading, January 12th

Here’s a selection of articles that we are reading this week. Real Power – With Republicans having a veto-proof majority in neither the House nor the Senate, a rare breed of politician:  moderate Democrats will become one of the most powerful players in the new Congress. This group will have the ability to help the Republicans accomplish their agenda.

January 13, 2015

Kilmer to Join House Appropriations Committee

Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-6) has been selected by his Democratic colleagues to fill a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for discretionary spending on government agencies and programs. He is the only new Democrat to land a spot on the powerful spending panel for the 114th Congress. Each year the committee’s 12 subcommittees

January 12, 2015

This Week in Congress

The House begins consideration of a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the duration of FY15. You’ll recall DHS was not included in the FY15 CRomnibus so that the new Republican Congress could attempt to block President Obama’s executive order on immigration. However, the White House has promised to veto any attempt

January 9, 2015

What We’re Reading, January 5th — Part 2

Here’s a selection of articles that the Federal Relations team is reading this week. International Optimism? – The international community is cautiously optimistic that the 114th Congress will be more productive that the 113th…at least a little more productive…hopefully. Read it in The Economist. Problem Before It Starts – A national college rating system is

White House Proposes Two Years of Free Community College

In advance of his State of the Union address, President Obama is traveling to Tennessee today to announce one of his keystones of his 2015 agenda: two free years of community college.  The proposal, called America’s College Promise, is based on Republican Governor Bill Haslam, who developed and launched Tennessee Promise, which begins this year. Tennessee Promise allows any

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