Advocacy Posts

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently posted the legislative text and summaries of nine funding bills for fiscal year 2022, including legislation for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The announcement and legislation are available here at https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/majority/chairman-leahy-releases-remaining-nine-senate-appropriations-bills. The following details funding levels proposed for select…

Congressional Update Lawmakers Agree to Short-term Debt Limit Extension After an intense and protracted standoff over the last few months, lawmakers in the Senate announced that they had reached agreement to modestly increase the nation’s borrowing authority (known as the national debt limit) by $480 billion. The agreement, at least…

Citing an increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools, today Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet in the next 30 days with federal, state, Tribal, territorial and local law…

The U.S. Department of Education – in partnership with the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the School Social Work Association of America – is hosting a “Meeting the ‘Here and Now’ Needs of Students Using American Rescue Plan…

Join the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, for “Preparing for Cyber Threats in K-12 Schools,” an informational webinar on cybersecurity threats, recommendations, and resources for the K-12 school community. Hosted in preparation for Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, the session will feature a regional cybersecurity…

Federal Weekly Update

Congressional Update House Releases Community Project Funding Guidance On Tuesday, March 23, the House Appropriations Committee formally published guidance regarding the process for Members of Congress to request “Community Project Funding”—the committee’s new term for appropriations earmarks. As previously shared, House appropriations leaders have sought to ensure the new process…

Bill Introductions – Week-ending March 26, 2021

Bill Introductions HF 2326-2435 and SF 2200-2322 The following bills were introduced in the Minnesota Legislature March 22-26, 2021.  Every Friday, we will publish bills that have been introduced during the week. We hope that you monitor these posts, as it keeps you updated and informed about the bills under…

Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff in honor of Boulder shooting victims

Governor Tim Walz has ordered all Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings effective immediately until sunset on Saturday, March 27, 2021, to honor the 10 victims of the acts of violence perpetrated in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, March 22, 2021. Minnesota joins states across the…

Congressional Update  Earmarks Poised to Make a Comeback  Since 2011, both the House and the Senate have observed a moratorium on so-called “earmarks”—spending for specific projects or priorities made at the direction of individual Members of Congress. Earlier this month, House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) unveiled plansto revive the practice,…

Bill Introductions – Week-ending March 19, 2021

Bill Introductions HF 2174-2325 and SF 2034-2199 The following bills were introduced in the Minnesota Legislature March 15-19, 2021.  Every Friday, we will publish bills that have been introduced during the week. We hope that you monitor these posts, as it keeps you updated and informed about the bills under…

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