February 12, 2009

Speaker Pelosi Releases Fact Sheet on Economic Recovery Package Conference Report

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the fact sheet below on the economic recovery package conference report that is being prepared for a final vote in the House and Senate. The information below should be treated as preliminary. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. The conference report on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act… Read More


February 11, 2009

House and Senate Reach Agreement on Recovery Package

House and Senate negotiatiors, in collaboration with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, worked throughout Tuesday night and well into Wednesday to reach an agreement on a $789 billion economic recovery package. The proposed bill is less than the figures that emerged from the House and… Read More


February 10, 2009

Office of Federal Relations Launches New Website and Blog

The Office of Federal Relations (OFR) is pleased to present a new website and blog, which will help increase the level of connectedness between campus and Washington, DC. The new website features links that will enable you to  navigate the higher education associations, review background information on the legislative process, obtain current legislative information and… Read More


Senate Approves Economic Recovery Package

As expected, late Monday afternoon, the Senate voted to advance the “Nelson-Collins Amendment” to the proposed economic recovery package. The amendment, drafted primarily by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME), trimmed the size of the underlying economic recovery bill by approximately $100 billion and garnered enough support (on a 61-36 vote ending debate)… Read More


Cabinet Nominations Create Difficulties for President

The confirmation process for President-elect Obama’s remaining cabinet nominees went somewhat off track last week; as Tom Daschle’s nomination was derailed due to federal income tax issues. Mr. Daschle’s decision to withdraw from the confirmation process was seen as a significant setback by those seeking to advance health care reform later this year. The former… Read More


February 9, 2009

Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda

Project Title Project Description Amount Funding Mechanism Appropriations Bill and Account Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) Supports the development of new methods for deployment training and reset training of soldiers in the Madigan Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Unit, as well as reintegration training of physicians and civilian reservists in the Pacific Northwest;… Read More


February 6, 2009

International Education Meeting to Commemorate Title VI Anniversary

Next month, campus international education officials and a number of university presidents and chancellors will come to Washington, D.C. for a conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title VI, which authorizes the international education programs funded through the Department of Education. The Title VI meeting and celebration will be held March 19 to 21… Read More


Campus Safety Act Passes House

On February 3rd, the House of Representatives passed the Campus Safety Act of 2009 (HR 748) by voice vote. The legislation was sponsored by Congressman Robert C. Scott (D-VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. The measure has drawn bipartisan support, including that of the subcommittee’s ranking member, Louie… Read More


Senate Considering Amendments to Economic Recovery Package

A procedural rule requiring that 60 senators vote to end debate on a piece of legislation has necessitated a more bi-partisan approach to passing an economic recovery in the Senate as compared to the House of Representatives. A series of amendments are expected to be offered and voted on throughout the day, as has been… Read More