Articles about "congress"

Dec 11, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate both passed a bill on Thursday extending federal funding at current levels for an additional two weeks, averting a government shutdown Friday.  The bill passed mostly along party lines in the Hou...

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Nov 13, 2017

The short-term spending deal passed in September, which keeps the federal government funded at fiscal year (FY) 2017 levels and temporarily raises the debt ceiling, expires on December 8th. The long list of legislative priorities Congress p...

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Sep 11, 2017

Congress passed a legislative package on Thursday that will avert a government shutdown at the end of the month, raise the debt ceiling to avoid default, and provide disaster aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

 

Legislators were already ...

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Aug 07, 2017

The House of Representatives left town for the start of its summer recess last week, with the Senate following yesterday evening after finishing up some executive confirmations, including confirming Peter Oppenheim as Assistant Secretary of...

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May 08, 2017

This week the House and Senate passed legislation which will fund the federal government for the remainder of federal fiscal year (FY) 2017.  Under the new legislation, funding for programs including Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Se...

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May 01, 2017

Today Congress acted to pass a short-term “continuing resolution” or “CR” which will fund the federal government for the next week. This measure will now go to the President for approval. If signed, it will keep the federal government opera...

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Jan 17, 2017

Members of Congress have formed a new interest group to support public schools.  The formation of the caucus was announced in a press conference Tuesday, where Members of Congress spoke alongside the Presidents of the American Federation of...

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Jan 09, 2017

This Tuesday, the 115th Congress was sworn in and began to conduct its business.  While many of the actions involve housekeeping – for example, Committee appointments – others began to set the stage for Congress to roll back some of the wor...

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Dec 02, 2015

The National Title I Association, in collaboration with the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, sent the following letter to Congress urging ...

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Nov 24, 2015

In two days of short meetings punctuated by votes in the House and Senate, a bipartisan group of conferees agreed on a framework for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Despite months of delays in both cha...

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Nov 09, 2015

Nine associations joined together to express the urgency for Congress to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As you know, it is long overdue. There are good solid beginnings in both houses of Congress, but immediate...

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Nov 09, 2015

Nine associations joined together to express the urgency for Congress to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As you know, it is long overdue. There are good solid beginnings in both houses of Congress, but immediate...

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Nov 09, 2015

Nine associations joined together to express the urgency for Congress to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As you know, it is long overdue. There are good solid beginnings in both houses of Congress, but immediate...

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Oct 30, 2015

Shortly before he resigned his position as Speaker of the House, Representative John Boehner (R-OH) secured passage of a budget deal which will avoid the possibility of default for the next two years and increase caps on federal government ...

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Oct 16, 2015

As Congress returns to Washington after a week-long holiday recess, lawmakers are coming back to full plates – and little progress on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Staff are reportedly still working ...

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Oct 09, 2015

A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he would resign from his leadership position and leave Congress, his presumptive successor Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced he is no longer seeking the position...

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Sep 25, 2015

In a move that reportedly shocked his colleagues, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced this morning that he would resign from Congress – and his Speaker’s seat – at the end of October.  Boehner made the announcement in a close...

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Sep 24, 2015

After its traditional month-long August recess, Congress came back to a full plate of tasks to accomplish before the end of the year.  The crowded schedule – and the high stakes involved in each of these items – will make for an exciting fa...

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Aug 28, 2015

When Congress returns in September, it will have just three weeks before the start of the new fiscal year.  By October 1st, Congress must either pass all 12 appropriations bills, or a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded...

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Aug 14, 2015

As members of the House and Senate enjoy a month-long break from Washington, the number of legislative priorities that are in need of attention in September continue to pile up. Time-sensitive issues such as the annual appropriation bills a...

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Aug 07, 2015

Just before adjourning for the month-long August recess, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.  The stated purpose of this bill is to “increase accountability for a...

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Jul 24, 2015

Ten different education advocacy groups sent a letter to House and Senate leaders this week urging both chambers to continue the momentum on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Both chambers have passed their o...

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Jul 13, 2015

After nearly nine years of failed attempts and false starts, the U.S. House of Representatives managed to pass, in just one day, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  GOP leaders originally attempted to br...

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May 15, 2015

Early last week the Senate voted to pass a budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2016, allowing appropriators to move forward with drafting bills that will set out individual program-level spending.
 
The budget discussion is only the first ...

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May 14, 2015

Congress has arguably come further in the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this year than at any time since No Child Left Behind was passed in 2001.  The House Committee on Education and the Workfor...

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Mar 30, 2015

In speeches to Council of Chief State School Officers conference attendees Tuesday, members of Congress insisted that the drive to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was still alive and that leadership in both the...

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Mar 20, 2015

Both the House and Senate Budget Committees released their blueprints for fiscal year (FY) 2016 spending this week – and both proposals rely heavily on cuts to federal spending in nearly all categories, including education.
 
The House Budget...

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Feb 12, 2015

There has been a lot of promising action on Capitol Hill recently surrounding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Senate Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) shared a draft reauthorization bill fo...

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Dec 16, 2014

In a series of tense debates and votes Thursday, Congress managed to avoid a government shutdown and took steps toward final passage of full-year appropriations. Members of Congress announced last week that they had come to an agreement ...

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This Election Day, Republicans swept the board, capturing seven new Senate seats, fourteen new seats in the House of Representatives, and a number of governorships and State legislatures. Despite promises from both Republican leadersh...

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Sep 05, 2014

Starting this month, legislative updates will be provided by the firm of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC. Based in Washington, DC, the Firm has more than three decades of experience in education policy. Our first legislative update – offering...

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Aug 06, 2014

As Congress moves into its August recess, with only two weeks left in the session (in September) before the November elections, legislation continues to be introduced. Some of the bills reflect key concepts and ideas that are announcing a...

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Mar 29, 2014

There is movement in the Congress on education legislation.  As previously reported there are nine major education programs with authorizations that have been extended by either the appropriations process or by the General Education Provisi...

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Mar 19, 2014

The coming few weeks will see the Congress and the Administration focused on several different issues.  As a point of fact, the Congress will not be in session for many days this year. As of this date, the House is planning on 67 days in se...

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Feb 23, 2014

The coming week in Washington will see two Congressional hearings and several more leaks on the upcoming release of the president’s budget. The House education committee is holding a hearing on Thursday, February 27th at 10 AM Eastern on “E...

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Jan 17, 2014

The Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act by a vote of 72 to 26 (House had passed it by 357-67).  The measure is now being sent to the president for his expected signature today or tomorrow (January 18th).  Overall, education pr...

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Jan 08, 2014

January 15th is the deadline for the current funding bill that is keeping the federal government open.  All of the reports coming from the Hill read the same, there are negotiations going on between Senator Mikulski (D-MA) the chair of the ...

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Nov 18, 2013

November 16 -- Activity in Congress is a study in contrasts in process with areas having high levels of action followed by sudden stops, while other areas are moving from event to event without completing any action.  Yet completing a proce...

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Sep 20, 2013

The fiscal year begins on October 1st.  The Congress and Administration need to agree on funding to maintain the government services.  By interpretation, the Administration keeps the critical areas of government open, even though it has no ...

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Sep 11, 2013

The Congress will only be meeting for only nine legislative days this month. During that time they are expected to take up a continuing resolution, but in a burst of activity the House and Senate education committees are holding hearings ...

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Aug 09, 2013

The Congress has adjourned for their August recess, they will return September 10th and with the Jewish High-Holiday observances, they have very few legislative days in September. This is important as the fiscal year ends October 1st and...

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