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Capital Thinking: Education

Legislative Activity - House’s Legislative Agenda - On Monday, the House will consider and likely pass the following pieces of legislation: The STEM Education Act (H.R. 5031). The bill would include...more

7/17/2014 - Education Reform Legislative Agendas Proposed Legislation

Capital Thinking: Education

Higher Education Act Draft Legislation - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) will release a package of Higher Education Act (HEA) proposals this week. The package will...more

6/27/2014 - Colleges Education Reform Federal Funding Financial Aid Legislative Agendas Proposed Legislation Student Loans Students

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: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill - On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate will vote on and likely pass the farm bill conference report that the Congressional Budget Office scored at a little over $16 billion in cost savings. The scheduled Senate...more

2/3/2014 - Farm Bill

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill Conference Progress - This evening, we expect the farm bill conference committee to file its conference report. The committee will likely use most of today to reach a final agreement on issues related to...more

1/27/2014 - Farm Bill Legislative Agendas

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: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill Conference Progress - With the farm bill conference committee stalled because of strong disagreements over dairy provisions, last week the committee failed to release its draft...more

1/14/2014 - Farm Bill Farms

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill Conference Progress - The House approved by voice vote a farm bill extension through January 31, 2014. In response to the House’s actions, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)...more

12/16/2013 - Farm Bill Legislative Agendas SNAP Program

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: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill Conference Progress - Last week, farm bill conferees left for the Thanksgiving break without releasing a draft agreement. Despite the break, it seems as if conversations among...more

11/25/2013 - Farm Bill Legislative Agendas SNAP Program WTO

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill Conference Progress - Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has remarked publicly that a farm bill compromise is “doable” before Congress leaves for the Thanksgiving break, as agreements may have...more

11/11/2013 - APHIS Department of Agriculture Farm Bill FDA SNAP Program Trans Fat

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill Conference - This Wednesday, October 30, marks the official start to the farm bill conference, which will be a public meeting involving the 41 House and Senate conferees. For months, agriculture leadership and...more

10/28/2013 - Farm Bill SNAP Program

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: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill - This week, agriculture leadership in both chambers will likely announce a date for the farm bill conference to begin. Last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas...more

10/21/2013 - Farm Bill SNAP Program

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: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill - As expected, early last week the Senate reappointed its farm bill conferees. The House, however, has yet to name its conferees. In late September, staff had indicated that the...more

10/11/2013 - Farm Bill Food Manufacturers Government Shutdown

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Farm Bill - As Congress returns from the August recess, the House agenda for September will include floor consideration of a nutrition title bill that looks to enact major reforms to the...more

9/17/2013 - Farm Bill Proposed Legislation SNAP Program

SNAPshot Report

The public debate over SNAP cuts and other reforms has continued in anticipation of Congress’ return after the Labor Day weekend. This week, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a study strongly...more

8/29/2013 - CFPB Employee Benefits USDA

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 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 - April 8, 2013

General Legislative - Tomorrow, April 9, the House will meet at 2:00 pm for legislative business. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules will include: (1) H.R. 254 – Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower...more

4/10/2013 - Farms Hydropower Immigration Reform Proposed Legislation Rural Development

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