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In Washington, D.C. … Congress has now adjourned for a two-week spring recess. Last week, both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate were able to approve a short-term continuing resolution (H.R. 933) that will allow the federal government to remain operational through the end of the federal fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2013). The current...
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Although there were several last-minute attempts by the Obama administration and various members of Congress to avoid the onset of sequestration, no agreements were reached so the federal sequestration process begins today.
In Washington, D.C. … On Monday, Jan. 21, President Barack Obama was inaugurated for a second term. The president’s inaugural speech advanced a more liberal agenda, calling for action on immigration reform, climate change and clean energy technology, gay rights, as well as calling for the need to find common ground and end the bitter...
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NIU students are invited to apply for the university’s annual congressional internship program in Washington, D.C. The highly competitive program will provide four students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in the heart of the nation’s capital. The program runs from late May through early August 2013. Each student will intern for a...
NIU D.C. intern Gary Timmins with U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley.
NIU students recognized for their work as summer interns in Washington, D.C. The Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., has awarded scholarships to each of the four NIU students who interned this summer in the nation’s capital, with one student taking home top honors among all interns from Illinois. Gary Timmins, a graduating senior with...
In Washington, D.C. … Congress begins a five-week Summer Recess. Prior to adjourning, Congressional leaders and the White House agreed to a bi-partisan deal that will keep the government funded for six months, through March 31, 2013, at a level consistent with the 2013 level ($1.047 trillion) set forth in the Budget Control Act passed...
Can a few lines on a scuffed up scrap of paper really hold the key to changing your life? Yes, they can, says NIU alumnus John Brandon, but only if you remain open to the opportunities they might present. While attending Drew University, Brandon picked up a flyer for the “Princeton in Asia” program, which...
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In Washington, D.C. … Officials of the U.S. Department of Education today unveiled the Obama administration’s college financial aid “shopping sheet,” which was developed jointly with the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The shopping sheet, while allowing individual institutions to provide customized information, provides a number of common elements regarding a student’s financial aid...
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In Springfield … With only three weeks left before the scheduled May 31 adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly, there are three major issues still unresolved: the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, pension stabilization and Medicaid reform. FY2013 Budget The House Higher Education Appropriations Committee has been meeting frequently over the past several weeks to determine how...
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In Springfield … The majority of activity in both the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives last week and again this week will involve trying to move substantive bills through committees The deadline to get bills out of committee is Friday, May 4. House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 49 (HJRCA 49), sponsored by Speaker...
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In Springfield … Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn released his plan for cutting the FY2013 Illinois Medicaid program by approximately $2.7 billion, the level of reductions he believes are needed to stabilize the Medicaid system in Illinois and prevent its collapse. There are three components to the governor’s plan: $2 billion (75 percent) reductions, a $1...
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A trio of NIU students is headed to Capitol Hill for Congressional Visit Days. The annual two-day event brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators and technology executives to Washington, D.C., to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology. Congressional Visit Days are scheduled Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25. They are coordinated annually...
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