Archive for the ‘Budget’ Category

The Continuing Resolutions (CR) …Continue

Capitol Hill

Are you surprised that Congress utilized another CR to fund the federal government? If so, you really shouldn’t be. The national government’s budget calendar runs from October 1st through September 30th. Every year, Congress must pass and the President must sign 13 separate appropriations bills by October 1st to fund all of the national government’s […]

Student Loan Relief: The Presidential Memoranda

Pay as you earn

Are you paying off student loan debt? If you are like millions of Americans across the country, the answer is yes. Monday, President Obama signed a student loan memorandum enabling an increased number of borrowers to receive student loan payment relief. There are five key actions as outlined in the memorandum: – Expanding the Pay […]

CBO on Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014


Have you heard of H.R. 4121? There has been a lot of activity surrounding the SBA in recent weeks, including the appointment of Maria Contreras-Sweet Sworn as SBA Administrator. Recently the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on H.R. 4121, the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014. H.R. 4121 would direct the […]

The Significance of the Paul Ryan Budget

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget

What does the passed budget mean for Americans? Most would agree that the recent passing of the bill by the House of Representatives in a vote of 219 -205, means very little for actual policy. Afterall, the Senate would need to pass its own similar legislation, and both would need to be combined in conference. […]

Fair Minimum Wage Act


What do you think is a fair minimum wage? As the President noted in his State of the Union Address, there is a push on Capitol Hill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour hasn’t been increased since 2009. The Fair Minimum Wage Act, backed by Representative […]

Water Bill. Farm Bill. Defense Bill


Year end bills blitz? Possibly. These are the top priority bills that are making their way to becoming law. There also happens to be only about two weeks left for their passing. Here is a brief rundown provided by – Water Resources Reform and Development Act The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDA) […]

Unemployment Insurance: To Extend or Not Extend?

Capitol Hill

Did you know that roughly $1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits before the end of the year? Yes, this is true if Congress does not act to extend the long term unemployment benefits. To date, Congress is finalizing the passage of a budget bill that will fund federal agencies through fiscal 2014, which […]

Fab Labs

Fab Lab

Are you familiar with the term “Fab Lab”? Last week Senators Dick Durbin and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-IL and D-NY respectively) introduced legislation, the National Fab Lab Network Act, aimed at investing in the next generation of American entrepreneurs and innovators by establishing a national network of fabrication laboratories, known as “fab labs.” Fab labs are […]

Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)


A new waterways bill on the horizon? Could be. Last week the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which would authorize about $8 billion in port, dam and flood protection projects, moved further along in the process toward becoming the law of the land. While the Senate passed its $12 billion version of the legislation […]

In the Absence of a New Jobs Bill – Federal Business Grants


Do you own a business and need more working capital? Unless you are the CEO of Google you probably answered yes. Federal, state and local governments offer a wide range of financing programs to help small businesses start and grow their operations. These programs include low-interest loans, venture capital, and scientific and economic development grants. […]

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