Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up – October 14, 2015


The House is in recess and will return on Tuesday, October 20.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced he will no longer run for Speaker of the House. House leadership elections have been postponed. In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he would continue serving as Speaker until a successor is in place.


The Senate is in recess and will return on Tuesday, October 20.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held two field hearings in Louisiana on Tuesday, October 13, on testing for dyslexia and education milestones of dyslexia.


U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent a letter to Congress indicating that the debt limit is likely to be exceeded on or about November 5.


The Administration launched “Every Student, Every Day: A National Initiative to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism” to reduce chronic absenteeism by at least 10 percent a year.

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan appointed seven new members to the National Assessment Governing Board, which helps to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).