Dear Colleagues, This is certainly not the beginning to 2021 that any of us expected. The events of this week were disturbing on so many levels – a gross violation of our democracy, a bold nod to white supremacy, a total failure of Capitol police, [...]
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Dear Colleagues: I hate to leave you hanging with unfinished business, but this will be my final Washington Update for 2020. I’m taking a break for the next two weeks and I hope you are too! By the time we get together again in January, [...]
Dear Colleagues – Welcome to Washington’s “end of the semester” sprint. Will that FY 2021 spending bill cross the finish line by the end of the year or be pushed into next year for the new Congress to grapple with? Will the President refuse to [...]
Dear Colleagues: The Senate left town for Thanksgiving yesterday and the House will do so today. Returning on November 30, they will continue to face a December 11 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, an out-of-control pandemic demanding fiscal relief -- which does not appear [...]
Dear Colleagues: Welcome to the world of President-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris – as well as a recalcitrant President Trump who seems to be hiding, pouting and filing lawsuits simultaneously. And welcome to the lame-duck session of the 116th Congress (hate that expression, but that’s [...]
Dear Colleagues: I had not planned to provide a Washington Update today as the week in Congress was pretty sleepy and all eyes were focused on the campaigns. But yikes. When I heard the news about President Trump and FLOTUS having COVID-19, I was persuaded [...]
Dear Colleagues: The shifting tides in Washington seem to be more monumental than ever these days – and just 38 days out from the election! I can’t imagine what surprises October has in store for us. 1. Passing of RBG Alters Landscape Moving Forward in [...]
Dear Colleagues: Welcome to fall and the end of the Federal Fiscal Year. This is always crazy time in Washington, and this year does not disappoint. 1. Congress Looks to Avoid Government Shutdown after Failing to Move COVID Relief Bill Remember your students who waited [...]
Washington Update July 10, 2020Dear Colleagues:It’s been a busy -- if not dizzying -- week in DC – from movement on funding bills in the House to Trump Administration threats to withhold education funding and withdraw non-profit tax status from schools that do not fully [...]
Dear Colleagues: The murder of George Floyd and the aftermath of protests continues to rock our world, as well it should. Every day I am astounded by my lack of knowledge about the history of racism in our country. I had never known, until now, that [...]