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Apr 12

Movement on House Budget, Appropriations plus Charters, IES & Hearing on early ed

Posted in Legislation on 04/12/2014
by Richard Long, Government Relations Consultant

On April 11th, the House of Representatives passed the Ryan Budget Resolution by a vote of 219 to 205.  All the Democrats voted against it plus 12 Republicans.  The measure outlines a ten-year budget process that would reduce the federal deficit and change the relationship between defense and non-defense spending.  Defense spending would go up under this plan while non-defense would go down compared with current funding plans.   The measure will not be used for a House-Senate conference or for the allocation.


Both the House and Senate appropriations chairs have announced their intent to complete the 12 regular appropriations bills by the end of the fiscal year.  The House appropriations process has already begun.  Two appropriations subcommittees have begun working on spending bills for the upcoming fiscal year.  To do so they needed to get interim allocation from the full committee.  The House Subcommittee on Appropriations for the Departments of Labor/Health and Human Services/Ed...

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Apr 05

Funding process moves forward

Posted in Legislation on 04/05/2014
by Richard Long, Government Relations Consultant


Congressional discussions on funding for the upcoming fiscal year (FY 15/SY 15-16) are occurring in several committees.  The initial stage of the Congressional funding process is the budget.  The budget process sets overall spending targets by general area and sums those targets into one number.  This number becomes the total amount of funds sent to the appropriators who allocate those funds to each of the 12 subcommittees.


For fiscal year 2015 (FY 15), the Senate Budget Committee is not preparing a budget because the overall spending level has already been set in the agreement made by the House and Senate agreement on the budget for FY 14 in December (which also created an agreement to cover both FY 14 & 15). 


In contrast, the House Budget Committee is taking a different course.  Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) of the House Budget Committee has drafted a budget bill that builds a ten-year budget with the goal of planning to significantly reduce the budget deficit.  This ten-year ...

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Mar 29

Ed legislation moving in the US Congress

Posted in Legislation on 03/29/2014
by Richard Long, Government Relations Consultant

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 Provisions Act.  In addition, there is legislative movement on two new education initiatives.


Child Care and Development Block Grant – passed in a bi-partisan vote in the Senate, and the subject of a House education committee held a hearing on March 25th.   There is a growing expectation that this reauthorization may complete the Congressional process.


Higher Education Act (HEA) – the Senate has now announced that they will be holding as many as 17 hearings on this measure.  Previously there has been speculation that HEA could complete the process this year; but Senator Harkin (D-IA) is now saying he will not be writing a bill until late summer.  This means that there would be little time to complete the process, even if the House moves a bill.


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Mar 19

Congressional ed committees working on education measures

Posted in Legislation on 03/19/2014
by Richard Long, Government Relations Consultant

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 session before the November elections.  To manage their workload, and the few legislative days in session before the election, the Congress is planning a lame duck session scheduled for after the elections in November.  The lame-duck is scheduled to run from the end of November into mid-December.  If recent history is any guide, this means that the lame duck session is when difficult agreements will be reached – as long as control of either chamber of Congress doesn’t change.  If it does, then the lame duck will be a very modest time period.

The House and Senate appropriations subcommittees for Labor/HHS/ED are planning hearings to hear from Secretary Duncan (House April 8th /Senate April 30th). But, the next key event in the appropriations process wi...

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