Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Update

Negotiations Over Budget Intensify as Debt Ceiling Looms

Congress and the Administration were shaken out of their budget stalemate this week after the Department of the Treasury announced that the US may hit the debt ceiling as early as the week of September 9, only a couple of days after the House and Senate return from August recess. With a looming deadline and very little time left to figure out a solution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke several times this week with Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and conversations are ongoing between Democratic House and Republican Senate leadership. It is too early to tell if negotiations will be successful, but there is increasing pressure to pass something prior to the August recess, and it is encouraging that all parties are speaking again just one week after Pelosi had indicated that talks had broken  down.

House Ed & Labor Committee Plans Three Education Hearings

The House Education & Labor Committee has a busy week of hearings planned, as Congress looks to get through as much business as possible prior to the August recess set to begin in two weeks. The hearings include:

  • Tuesday, July 16 (10:15am ET)– The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment is holding a hearing titled “Scaling Up Apprenticeships: Building on the “Success of International Apprenticeship Models””. Witnesses have not yet been announced.  Watch the livestream here.
  • Tuesday, July 16 (2pm ET)– The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services is holding a hearing titled “Strengthening Federal Support to End Youth Homelessness”. Witnesses have not yet been announced.  Watch the livestream here.
  • Wednesday, July 17 (10:15am ET)– The House Education and Labor subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education and Workforce Investment are holding a joint subcommittee hearing titled “Educating our Educators: How Federal Policy Can Better Support Teachers and School Leaders”. Witnesses have not yet been announced.  Watch the livestream here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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