Amy Budner Smith

Amy Budner Smith

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Capital Thinking: Education

Senate HELP Committee Legislative Priorities - Last week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) outlined the Committee’s legislative agenda for the coming year, which...more

2/3/2014 - Department of Education Higher Education Act Minimum Wage Workforce Investment Act

Capital Thinking: Education

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...more

1/16/2014 - Department of Education DOL Education Reform HHS

Capital Thinking: Education

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...more

12/16/2013 - ETA Federal Budget Federal Student Aid Gainful Employment Healthcare Reform Student Loans

Capital Thinking: Education

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...more

11/27/2013 - ACCESS Colleges Department of Education Financial Aid Gainful Employment Proposed Legislation Race To The Top Program Student Loans Students Tuition Universities

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Upcoming Hearings: Wednesday, October 30: A hearing and business meeting in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to mark up legislation (including H.R. 2094,...more

10/28/2013 - CFPB Education Reform Legislative Agendas Student Loans Students

Capital Thinking: Education

Legislative Activity - STUDENT PRIVACY PROTECTIONS - Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter Tuesday, October 22 to Education Secretary Arne Duncan requesting more information about student privacy protections. The...more

10/28/2013 - Colleges FERPA Privacy Policy Students

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Impact of Government Shutdown - The government shutdown is already affecting a variety of education programs and its impact will continue to grow as the shutdown lingers. Below is a sampling...more

10/12/2013 - Department of Education Government Shutdown

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Charter schools - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced last week that he would visit a charter school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today to deliver a policy speech about...more

9/30/2013 - Charter Schools Department of Education Higher Education Act Public Schools

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Pell grant report - The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report examining the recent growth of the Pell Grant Program and policy options to address the cost of the program. As...more

9/16/2013 - CBO Report Congressional Budget Office Department of Education Federal Budget Federal Grants

Capital Thinking Update - July 22, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 23. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to renew his motion to proceed on the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban...more

7/22/2013 - Appropriation Act CFPB CMS Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity DHS Dodd-Frank E-Rates EHR EPA ESEA Farm Bill FCC FERC FSB FSOC Higher Education Act Infrastructure Interest Rates Mobile Apps Mobile Payments Offshore Drilling PCBs Richard Cordray SEC Student Loans TRIA

Capital Thinking Updates - June 24, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

6/24/2013 - Barack Obama Border Security CFTC Cybersecurity Disability Dodd-Frank Farm Bill Federal Budget FERC Fracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions NDAA NIST Spectrum Student Loans Women-Owned Businesses

Capital Thinking Update - June 3, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, June 3, at 2:00 pm and begin a period of morning business. Thereafter, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 954, the Farm Bill, provided that alfalfa...more

6/5/2013 - Appropriations Bill Barack Obama China Cybersecurity DOD EPA Farm Bill FERC Healthcare Immigration Reform Medicaid Medicare Middle East NIST Proposed Legislation SEC Sequestration Student Loans Supply Chain Wellness Programs

Capital Thinking Updates - May 20, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - Homeland...more

5/24/2013 - Agricultural Workers Biofuel CFTC Contractors Cybersecurity Farm Bill Federal Budget Fees Form 720 Immigration Reform Innovation Nominations OMB PCORI Request For Information SEC Student Loans Water

Capital Thinking Updates - May 16, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

5/21/2013 - Appropriations Bill CFPB CMS Cross-Border Cybersecurity DHS Farm Bill Federal Budget FERC Healthcare Higher Education Act Hurricane Sandy IRS Keystone XL Pipeline Nominations SEC Security-Based Swaps Sequestration Student Loans

Capital Thinking Update - April 15, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

4/24/2013 - Barack Obama CFTC CISPA Cybersecurity Data Protection FATCA Federal Budget FHFA Foreclosure Fracking Gun Laws Jacob Lew Oil & Gas Proposed Legislation SEC Sequestration SIFIs Spending Cuts

Capital Thinking Update - March 18, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

3/20/2013 - CFTC Continuing Resolution Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Dodd-Frank EPA Farms Federal Budget Genetically Engineered Seed Healthcare Immigration Reform Middle East National Security Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy Workforce Investment Act

Capital Thinking Update - March 11, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget, Appropriations and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

3/13/2013 - CISPA Cybersecurity Drones FDA Furloughs Healthcare No Child Left Behind Proposed Legislation Public Schools Renewable Energy SEC Sequestration Spending Cuts USDA

Capital Thinking Update - March 4, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Sequestration - Specific Agency Activity - Agriculture & Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment -...more

3/6/2013 - Department of Transportation DOE EPA FAA Highways Sequestration Spending Cuts

Capital Thinking Update - February 25, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Sequestration - Agriculture & Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Financial Services - Health Care -...more

2/27/2013 - CFTC CMS Cybersecurity EU-US Trade Farms Federal Budget Federal Reserve GRId System IOSCO Manufacturers MedPAC NIST Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Renewable Fuel Secretary of Defense Secretary of State Sequestration Student Loans Ways and Means Committee Workforce Investment Act

Capital Thinking Update - February 4, 2013

In This Issue: General Legislative; Debt Limit; Agriculture & Food; Budget, Appropriations; Cybersecurity; Education; Energy; Financial Services; Health Care; International Defense and Homeland Security; and,...more

2/11/2013 - Affordable Care Act CFPB CFTC CMS Coal Competitive Foods Cybersecurity Debt Ceiling Department of Transportation DOD DOE Energy Tax Incentives Federal Budget Foreign Relations Hurricane Sandy Immigration Reform JOBS Act Medicare Nuclear Power Oil & Gas Richard Cordray Rockefeller School Safety SEC Sequestration VAWA

Capital Thinking Update - January 28, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

2/1/2013 - CFPB CFTC Cybersecurity Debt Ceiling Disaster Aid Farm Bill Federal Budget FERC Food Safety Fracking GAO Hurricane Sandy Pipelines Wind Power

Capital Thinking Update - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Fiscal Cliff - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

1/11/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Cybersecurity EPA Farm Bill FDA Federal Budget FERC Fiscal Cliff Fracking FSMA Hurricane Sandy Infrastructure IRS Medicare Nuclear Power Pipelines Production Tax Credit Wind Power

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