On January 16, U.S. Department of Education (USED) Secretary Betsy DeVos approved 11 consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including: Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
On January 18, the House approved by a party-line vote of 230-197 the latest Continuing Resolution (CR), which would provide funding beyond the current expiration on January 19 through February 16. The Senate voted to proceed to consideration of the CR on the same day by a vote of 97-2. It is unclear if the Senate will have enough votes to pass the CR prior to a midnight deadline tonight.
On January 17, the Senate Finance Committee approved the nomination of Alex Azar to serve as HHS Secretary. The full Senate will now be required to consider and approve the nominations. A vote has yet to be scheduled on the nomination.
Budget & Appropriations
Congress Continues to Discuss CR: On January 18, the House approved by a party-line vote of 230-197 the latest Continuing Resolution (CR), which would provide funding beyond the current expiration […]