Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

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Appropriators Find Funds for New Programs

With the current continuing resolution to expire on Jan. 15, Congress is expected to pass a three-day extension to give the House and Senate time to approve the measure. The House likely will vote on the proposal as early as Jan. 15, with the Senate providing its stamp of approval by Jan. 17 and sending the measure to President Obama for passage.

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Secretaries Weigh in on ‘Zone’ Designees

The new poverty-alleviation program, a joint HUD-DoEd-USDA effort, will invest and partner with high-poverty urban, rural and tribal communities to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment and reduce violent crime.

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Farm Bill Passage on the Horizon

The Farm Bill is the primary federal law guiding agricultural and food policy, which must be reauthorized every five years. Congress wasn’t able to meet the most recent 2012 deadline and thus has been extending the current law while working out its differences.

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Appropriators to Offer FY 2014 Omnibus by Jan. 17

As Congress returns to work this week, the most pressing issues are to pass another stop-gap measure to keep the government operational beyond Jan. 15 and extend unemployment for 1.3 million unemployed workers whose benefits expired Dec. 28. The president signed the Bipartisan Budget Act ...

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‘In Washington’ Briefs

Farm Bill House douses hope of reauthorization passage: With the House in disarray on how to handle the Farm Bill reauthorization, a one-year extension is becoming more likely, Hill insiders say. Despite having bipartisan support, House leadership has been stalling since July and wants more cuts i...

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‘In Washington’ Briefs

Appropriations Inouye successors focus on FAM issues: The passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), who chaired the powerful Appropriations Committee, opens up the position. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has been chosen to chair the committee. She will be the first woman to hold the position. Mikulsi cu...

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Report Predicts Outcome of Looming Mandatory Cuts

A new report provides Congress with a glimpse of the impact of funding cuts that will occur in January unless a deficit reduction deal is reached by the end of the calendar year. OMB Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012(PL 112-155), offered by the White House Office of Mana...

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Continuing Resolution Should Be Finalized Soon

After the Senate approves the measure 76-22 on Sept. 19, an FY 2013 continuing resolution (HJ Res 117) to keep the government operational through March 27 awaits the president's signature. The measure, which provides an across-the-board funding increase, has already passed the House 329-91. The pre...

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Imminent Passage of CR Improves Chances for Earlier Grantmaking Season

With the November elections looming, congressional staffers tell FAM the first order of business when Congress reconvenes in September will be to pass a six-month continuing resolution (CR) that was finalized in late July by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Boehner (R-OH). ...

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Agency Official Touts Report to Fix Private Student Loan Woes

At a recent Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee hearing, a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) official promoted the recommendations of a new report to Congress to fix the private higher education student loan debt problem. The student loan debt topped $1 trillion in 2011,...

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