ESEA Heads Towards Conference

Conference Committee Proceedings, Day 2 (Updated: 11/19/2015) Earlier this afternoon, ESEA Conferees voted 39-1 to approve a bicameral and bipartisan compromise to reauthorize ESEA. The lone “no” came from Senator…

Government Shutdown Averted!

UPDATE 10/1/2015:  With only seven hours to spare, last night the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution, funding the federal government through December 11 and avoiding another government shutdown.  The…

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…

POLICY ALERT: ESEA Day 6, Cloture Invoked!

Early this afternoon, after several hours of negotiation, the United States Senate voted to invoke cloture on debate regarding the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” (S. 1177). Cloture is…

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…

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…

Sen. Mikulski Announces Retirement

Earlier this morning, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), announced her retirement from Congress, after 5 terms in office.  Mikulski, 78, was the first woman to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, and…