Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: January 27

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week (January 20 – 24). 

The Office of Management and Budget announced that President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request will be released on March 4, 2014.

On January 17, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-76), which includes all 12 separate appropriations bills, including Labor, Health and Human Services and Education programs. The U.S. Department of Education posted a new budget table on Friday showing the final FY14 appropriation for each program, with a comparison to FY13, the President’s FY14 budget request and the FY14 Senate committee levels.

The House and Senate were in recess last week.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold an Executive Session on Wednesday, January 29 to consider a number of nominations including France Cordova to be Director of the National Science Foundation, and these nominations at the U.S. Department of Education: Michael Yudin to be Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, James Cole Jr. to be General Counsel, Theodore Mitchell to be Under Secretary of Education, and Ericka Miller to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.

The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training in the House education committee will hold a hearing titled, “Keeping College within Reach: Sharing Best Practices for Serving Low-Income and First Generation Students” on Tuesday, January 28.

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, January 28 titled “the Impact of the Employer Mandate’s Definition of Full-Time Employee on Jobs and Opportunities.”

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Penn Hill Group will cover any education-related news from the speech live on Twitter.

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