Speaker John Boehner Announces Resignation

  Surprising many today, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH-8) announced his resignation from Congress. Boehner will be ending his five-year term as Speaker at the end of October;…

Takeaways from NAfME’s 2015 National Assembly

What did you do on your summer break? In June, leaders of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) from throughout the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., to advocate…

Another Government Shutdown Imminent?

  UPDATE – 9/25/2015 Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his resignation from Congress and his leadership position.  See our latest article on how this effects the shutdown…

UPDATE: 2016 Music & Arts Funding

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representative’s Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation via a voice-vote to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $146 million for FY2016.  If approved…

Rep. Stefanik to Co-Chair STEAM Caucus

Last week, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced that she will co-chair the bipartisan Congressional STEAM Caucus alongside Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01).  Stefanik will be filling the leadership role that once was held…

Congress Passes FY16 Budget Conference Deal

Policy UPDATE: 2016 Budget Conference Details Update (5/6): Last night, the Senate passed the Budget Resolution Conference report by a vote of 51-48.  Both the House and Senate Committees will…

Congress Passes Republican Budget Resolution

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a GOP proposed budget by a narrow 219 to 208 margin. 182 Democrats and 17 Republicans voted against the measure. Fissures between…

Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns

Earlier this week, we received very disappointing news from our nation’s capital. Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) announced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives, after details were revealed regarding…

House ESEA Vote Stalls Out

Earlier this afternoon, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives decided not pursue today’s scheduled vote on partisan reauthorization of ESEA, otherwise known as the “Student Success Act” (H.R.…