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September 27, 2021

House to Start Debate on Infrastructure Bill Today

After nonstop negotiations with different factions of her own party late last week and through the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) scheduled the floor debate on the bipartisan infrastructure package f to start today. The House leadership finds itself in a tough spot, as a group of Democratic progressives have insisted that they would not…


March 31, 2021

Biden Releases Infrastructure Proposal

As anticipated, the Biden Administration released today an initial set of documents related to its much-discussed “infrastructure plan” earlier today. The proposal  released today addresses both physical infrastructure and as well as “human” infrastructure issues, such as workforce development.  A second set of proposals, designed to target needs in the areas of education and healthcare,…


March 8, 2021

Senate Passes COVID Relief Bill, Sends It Back to House for Final Clearance

After a marathon session during which scores of amendments were considered and voted on, the Senate finally cleared its COVID relief bill on Saturday by a vote of 50 to 49.  The Senate made a number of modifications to the House-passed measure, meaning that this version must now be sent back to the House for…


December 9, 2020

UW Statement in Response to Claim by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

From UW News: The following is a statement from the University of Washington in response to allegations U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made during a speech at Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020: This is the latest false statement and shameful deflection from an administration whose State Department and Department of Education took…


July 13, 2020

House Appropriations Process Marches On

The FY2021 appropriations process continues to march on in the House, for now, with two more bills slated for committee action today. This afternoon, the Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the Labor-HHS-Education and Energy and Water Development bills. Labor-HHS-Education As part of the  overall level of $47 billion for NIH, the Labor-HHS-Education bill…


June 12, 2020

What We’re Reading this Week (June 8th-12th, 2020)

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team read this week. COVID-19: New models suggest US deaths could exceed 170k, northern Virginia enters phase 2 of reopening, and King County is approved for “Phase 1.5”. However, cases continue to climb. More at CNN. Seattle: Protesters have claimed part of Capitol Hill in Seattle…


March 17, 2020

3rd COVID-19 Package Being Discussed

The government’s economic stimulus is set to quickly balloon into trillion-dollar territory in the coming days, the largest rescue in modern American history, as major industries flood the Administration and Capitol Hill for aid while huge swaths of the economy stall from the coronavirus crisis. The size and scope of the package are morphing rapidly…


December 20, 2019

What We’re Reading this Week

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team read this week. President Trump Impeached- President Trump was officially impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening. Now, he must face a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate which will determine if he is removed from office. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)…


December 6, 2019

What We’re Reading this Week (December 2nd-6th)

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has read this week: Bipartisan Deal on FUTURE Act: The Senate has passed bipartisan legislation which will permanently fund HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) as well as simplify the FAFSA and income verification for loan repayment. The deal was reached between Health, Education, Labor…


November 25, 2019

Report Finds Education Dept. Accelerating Civil Rights Cases

A new report from the US Commission on Civil Rights found that under the Trump Administration, the Department of Education is accelerating the rate at which it closes civil rights cases. Although the time to resolve cases decreased, the Department also reduced the scope of investigations, and less investigations result in findings of civil rights…



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