To:       CGA

From:   A۰P۰L۰U Congressional and Governmental Affairs

Happy Holidays! The APLU Offices will be closed until January 2, 2013, but APLU staff will keep you updated as we learn of further details on sequestration or a fiscal cliff agreement (we can always hope!).


  • Nearing the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff – Plan B Pulled
  • OMB Offers Sequestration Guidance
  • Senate Passes Veterans Education Legislation


  • Nearing the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff – Plan B Pulled

Yesterday evening, “Plan B,” H.J. Res 66, the fiscal cliff tax proposal that would extend the Bush tax cuts on income for those who earn $1 million or less, was pulled because House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) did not have the votes to pass the bill. By a narrow margin of 215-209, the House Republicans did pass the sequester replacement bill, HR 6684, which focuses heavily on spending cuts for social programs and abolishes the distinction between security and non-security categories of discretionary spending for FY2013 budget authority.

It was later announced that the House had concluded legislative business for the week, but Members were advised that the House could return for legislative business after the Christmas holiday if needed.

The Senate is scheduled to meet today to consider HR 1, the superstorm Sandy disaster relief package. The Senate also has a roll call vote on the FY13 Defense Authorization conference report scheduled.


  • OMB Offers Sequestration Guidance

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent agencies additional guidance on the implementation of sequestration yesterday. The guidance generally addressed personnel questions and stressed that immediate reductions of spending would not go into effect on January 2nd, day-to-day operations would not immediately change, and federal employees would need to report to work in the new year.  That being said, the guidance stated that furloughs of federal employees would remain on the table if sequestration continues for an extended period of time.  It is being reported that OMB told agencies that they would be sending additional details on how to implement cuts of sequestration in January.

In response to the OMB guidance, most federal agencies have since issued fairly similar letters to their employees on sequestration and the fiscal cliff. Here are the letters that went out from the Department of Defense and NASA.


  • Senate Passes Veterans Education Legislation


The Senate passed by unanimous consent on Wednesday an amended version of H.R. 4057, the Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act.  The higher education community sent a letter to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in support of the legislation on Tuesday (CGA NEWS 12-18-12).


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