Appropriations update: Congress has returned following the July Fourth recess with four weeks of work until the August summer recess. The Senate is said to be planning two weeks of floor time for appropriations bills, but it’s unclear if agreements will be reached between parties to clear anything more than perhaps the Fiscal 2015 Military Construction-VA appropriations bill. The FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill will be marked up in Senate subcommittee on July 15th and the full Committee on July 17th. On Wednesday, the House will take up the FY 2015 Energy and Water spending bill which provides funding for major Energy Department research and development programs. The Interior-Environment bill will also be marked up in subcommittee that day. To read the bill which has just been released, click here. Overall, the appropriations picture has been complicated by the Administration’s supplemental request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the growing influx of unaccompanied minor children coming into the country from Central and South America, and to fight wildfires in the West.
Higher Education Act markup in House: Three bills to reauthorize parts of the Higher Education Act will be marked-up on Thursday at 10 a.m. by the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The bills under consideration are:
To learn more about the markup, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/markups.