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Trump Releases FY 2018 Budget Blueprint and Sends FY 2017 Military and Border Supplemental to Congress

Executive Branch Activity Trump Releases FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Last week, President Donald Trump released his FY 2018 “skinny budget,” intended to serve as the blueprint for his full budget request expected in May. As anticipated, the $1.1 trillion budget request adheres to the topline discretionary spending cap of $1.1 trillion mandated by the Budget … Continue Reading

Fiduciary Rule and Puerto Rico in Focus for Financial Services Lawmakers; SEC, CFTC, FDIC to Hold Meetings

Legislative Activity Congressional Republicans Place DOL’s Fiduciary Rule in Crosshairs Last week, on April 19, just one day after Senate Republicans introduced a resolution to disapprove and nullify the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule, House Republicans introduced a companion resolution also targeting the rulemaking. Two days later, on April 21, the House Education and … Continue Reading

House Divided on Fiduciary Rule, Puerto Rico; CFTC Likely to Proceed on Positions Limits Despite Industry Objections

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Still Divided on Labor’s Fiduciary Rule With the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule now with the Office of Management and Budget and being prepared for release in final form later this spring, last week Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) emphasized his opposition to the proposal, noting that he is … Continue Reading

Fiduciary Rule Still in Focus, As Financial Services Lawmakers Consider Importance of Short-Term Credit Availability

Legislative Activity House Committees Mark-Up Fiduciary Rule Legislation as Senators Introduce Companion Bills With the Department of Labor (DOL) having recently submitted its Fiduciary Rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – officially beginning the countdown before DOL’s proposal is released in final form – last week, the House Ways and Means and … Continue Reading

Health Bills Scheduled For House Floor Action; Medicare Premiums And Deductibles Announced

Legislative Activity Health Bills Scheduled For House Floor Action House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced that on Monday, November 16, the House will consider two health bills under suspension of the rules: S. 599, the Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act, which extends and expands the Medicaid emergency psychiatric demonstration project; and … Continue Reading

Republicans Postpone Reconciliation Actions Until After August Recess; CMS Proposes Sweeping Changes to LTC Facilities; MedPAC Releases 2015 Data Book

Legislative Activity Republicans Postpone Reconciliation Actions Until After August Recess With the August District Work Period only weeks away, House Committee on the Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) announced this past week that the House Committee on the Budget would not act on reconciliation until after the lawmakers reconvene in September. The three House committees … Continue Reading

House to Consider Medical Device Excise Tax and IPAB Repeals; CMS Clarifies Use of Section 1311 Grant Funds; Agencies Issue Final Rule on Summary and Benefits Coverage

Legislative Activity House to Vote on Medical Device Excise Tax and IPAB Repeals In the House of Representatives, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced that several health care bills will be considered on the floor this week. Two of these bills dismantle portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). H.R. 160, the Protect Medical … Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Forms Bipartisan Higher Education Act Reauthorization Working Groups; House Passes America COMPETES Act

Legislative Activity Senate HELP Committee Forms Higher Education Act Reauthorization Working Groups In a joint statement released on May 21, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced the formation of bipartisan working groups tasked with addressing four key areas within the Higher Education … Continue Reading

Next Stop for ESEA Reauthorization: Senate Floor

Legislative Activity ESEA Reauthorization Passes Out of Committee After three days of marking up its ESEA reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously passed the measure last Thursday afternoon. While nearly 60 amendments were considered, many of the most controversial amendments were withdrawn – … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on CCDBG Reauthorization Bill; Dept. of Education Issues NCLB Waiver Guidance

Legislative Activity Senate to Vote on Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization Last week, the Senate voted 96-1 to move to consideration of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization legislation (S. 1086). The Senate previously passed S. 1086 in March; the House then amended the bill and passed it in September. … Continue Reading

The Department of Education Turning Back to Teacher Preparation Programs After Mid-Term Elections

Legislative Activity Education Priorities for the 114th Congress After the Republicans took the Senate in last week’s mid-term elections, former Education Secretary Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will now be leading the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and we expect his education policies to align closely with House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman … Continue Reading

DOE & DOL: $25M Grant Competition for Online Skills Academy

Regulatory Activity Online Skills Academy Last week, the Department of Education announced its collaboration with the Department of Labor to develop a $25 million grant competition for an Online Skills Academy.  This platform would enable high-quality, free or low-cost pathways to degrees, certificates, or other employer-recognized credentials.  In coordination with this effort, the Department will … Continue Reading

White House to Hold Forums on Economic and Educational Opportunities for Women

Legislative Activity Child Care and Development Block Grant Before leaving for recess, the Senate overwhelmingly passed its legislation (S. 1086) to reauthorize the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by a vote of 97-1. The bill will renew the federal funding provision for state support of child care services for low-income families and institute educational, … Continue Reading

Tax Reform’s Impact on Education & The Future of Digital Learning

Legislative Activity Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to legislation (S. 1086) to reauthorize the Child Care Development Block Grant, which expired in 1996 but has continued to receive appropriations funding since then. A vote on the legislation, which would … Continue Reading

Congressional Response to Executive Actions on Higher Ed Policy & White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault Holds Public Meetings

Legislative Activity Congressional Response to Executive Actions on Higher Ed Policy House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) sent a letter to President Obama on February 12 requesting to work in partnership with the Administration on reauthorizing the Higher Education … Continue Reading

Report to be Released on School Restraint and Seclusion Policies

Legislative Activity Education Leadership Last week, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) announced he will resign from Congress on February 18. Rep. Andrews is second in seniority to House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA), who is retiring at the end of the year. Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) made … Continue Reading

Sen. Patty Murray Looks to Succeed Sen. Tom Harkin as Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee

Legislative Activity School Choice As part of National School Choice Week this week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) plan to introduce new legislation to incentivize states to expand school choice – without imposing new federal mandates – on Tuesday at an event … Continue Reading

White House to Convene its College Affordability Summit

Legislative Activity FY 2014 Appropriations Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) stated last week that negotiators are making progress on the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which is typically the most contentious of the 12 appropriations bills. A draft of the bill – expected to be released Friday, January 10 – … Continue Reading

DOE Publishes Proposed Rule on Migrant Student Data

Legislative Activity Early Childhood Education Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) has set passage of an early childhood education bill as one of his top two priorities for 2014. (The other is an increase in the minimum wage.) As such, we expect the Committee to hold hearings early this … Continue Reading

$5 Billion In Savings Raised From Two Provisions Affecting Federal Student Loan Programs

Legislative Activity Budget Deal In a budget deal reached last week, conferees raised approximately $5 billion in savings from two provisions affecting federal student loan programs: The agreement would require guaranty agencies to lower the amount that they charge borrowers, from 18.5 percent to 16 percent, for rehabilitating defaulted loans in the Federal Family Education … Continue Reading

Legislation to Help Homeless Students; Obama Administration Announces Major Competitive Educational Grant

Legislative Activity Legislation to Help Homeless Students Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) plan to introduce legislation that will assist homeless students that are looking for financial aid to attend college. In the bill, colleges would be required to develop a plan to assist homeless and foster youth during academic … Continue Reading
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