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Legislative Updates

Keeping you up to date on policy action from the president's administration and the U.S. Congress.

August 2015

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» Education

House and Senate Pass No Child Left Behind Rewrite Bill
The House and Senate passed a more conservative version of the No Child Left Behind bill.  The measure takes much of the control away from the federal government by preventing it from requiring or encouraging specific standards, such as Common Core, and places it with the states.  It also allows low-income children receiving federal funds to use those funds at the schools they choose. 

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No Child Left Behind Passes in House (U.S. News)
Senate Votes Overwhelmingly For Bipartisan No Child Left Behind Rewrite (Huffington Post)

U.S. Department of Education Launches Second Chance Pell Pilot Program for Incarcerated Individuals
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is launching a pilot program that will provided inmates with Pell grants to finish a college education.  The program will last five years and will have participating colleges and universities provided courses within prisons for inmates who are going to be released within those five years.  The goal of the program is to increase an inmate’s opportunity to succeed and reduce recidivism once released.

Read more:
The Plan To Give Pell Grants To Prisoners (NPR)
U.S. Department of Education Launches Second Chance Pell Pilot Program for Incarcerated Individuals (U.S. Department of Education)


»Emergency Preparedness, Cyber and Homeland Security

Hack on Office of Personnel Management Impacted 22 Million Federal Employees
The cyber-attack on the Office of Personnel Management has put 22 million federal employees at risk according to a final investigation.  The hack which occurred early in July, included a hack on sensitive information such as date of birth, social security numbers, work incidents, and other personal information. 

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OPM Hack Hit Over 22 Million People (The Hill)
OPM to federal agencies: We got hacked, but you have to help pay for the response (The Washington Post)
Harsh Truths From OPM Hack: More Monitoring is Coming (U.S. News)


»Telecommunications, Science, and Technology

Administration Moves to Expand Broadband
President Barack Obama is launching a pilot program which will bring broadband access to 275,000 households in public housing, which includes 200,000 children.  ConnectHome will be tested in 27 across the United States and to the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.  The Obama Administration has made a commitment to getting up to 99 percent of schools connected to the internet by 2017.  

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Obama Announces Pilot Program to Expand Broadband to Low-Income Households (The Washington Post)
White House Program Will Bring Broadband to Poor Households in 28 Communities (Governing)


»What’s Happening on the Hill?


HOUSE CALENDAR


Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Hearing: “Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park and Implications for Fishermen, Small Businesses, the Local Economy and Environment” Committee on Small Business | 10:00 AM
  • Hearing: Joint Oversight Hearing on “Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park and Implications for Fishermen, Small Businesses, the Local Economy and Environment” Committee on Natural Resources |10:00 AM | Homestead, Florida

Friday, August 21, 2015

  • Hearing: “Property Rights and Development in Southeast Asia” Committee on Foreign Affairs | Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific 10:00 AM | Ursa Major Suite at Cal Poly Pomona University, Pomona, CA

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Hearing: "Redefining 'Employer' and the Impact on Alabama's Workers and Small Business Owners" Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Field Hearing in Mobile, Alabama|10:00 AM

Thursday, August 27, 2015

  • Hearing: "Redefining 'Employer' and the Impact on Georgia's Workers and Small Business Owners" Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Field Hearing in Savannah, Georgia|10:00 AM

SENATE CALENDAR 


Tuesday, Aug. 04, 2015

  • Hearings to examine the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and related legislation, including S.854, to establish a new organization to manage nuclear waste, provide a consensual process for siting nuclear waste facilities, ensure adequate funding for managing nuclear waste. Energy and Natural Resources SD-366 |10:00 AM
  • Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.  Intelligence SH-219|3:00 PM

Thursday, Aug. 06, 2015

  • To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters. Intelligence SH-219|2:30 PM