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Weeks of December 17 and 24

  • This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation. If a budget agreement can be reached between Congressional Republicans and Democrats and the White House on the seven remaining appropriations bills, the House and Senate will consider legislation to prevent a partial shutdown of the federal government, which will begin at midnight on Friday. Assuming the legislation is passed, both chambers will recess for the Christmas and New Year holidays and return to convene the new 116th Congress on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

  •  Today at 2:00 p.m., the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) hosts a free webinar titled, “Using Credit Scores and Reports as a Financial Coaching Tool (Part I).” During the event, Credit Builder’s Alliance Manager of Training and Program Development Maria Sennett will provide strategies and techniques for integrating credit scores, credit reports, and client goals into your financial coaching processes. The second part of the series will be an interactive review of a credit report, and will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Listen to the audio by dialing (800) 369-1892 and entering participant passcode 3634457. Participants can join the event (to view the presentation) directly on the BCFP website.

  •  Today at 4:00 p.m., the American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion panel titled, “How to Expand Apprenticeships: What Europe Can Teach the U.S.” The event will feature remarks by Professor Uschi Backes-Gellner, a leading expert on the Swiss and German apprenticeship systems, and CareerWise Colorado Chief Executive Officer Noel Ginsburg about the effort to launch an innovative program in Colorado, inspired by the Swiss system. CareerWise client and EKS&H Chief Executive Officer Bob Hottman will bring an early adopter’s perspective to the discussion. The group will also discuss the applicability of central European practices to the U.S. labor market more broadly and how to create a viable domestic apprenticeship system. For details and to register, visit the AEI website.

  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, all day, the Federal Reserve holds a two-day meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee. The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the committee, which include a description of economic and financial conditions, are made available three weeks after its policy decisions are posted in the Federal Reserve Board’s Annual Report.

  • On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., NCHER holds its Monthly Membership Call, which will provide a continuation of the discussion on NCHER’s advocacy priorities for the 116th Congress as we prepare for the upcoming NCHER Legislative Conference; a summary and updates on major items being worked on by our committees, caucuses, and working groups; and a Washington Update, including recent legislative and regulatory actions by Congress, the White House, the Department of Education, the Department of Treasury, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission. Note: The call-in number has been circulated to each organization’s primary point of contact.

  •  On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing entitled, “The Peril of an Ignored National Debt.” Witnesses will be announced at a later date. The hearing will be livestreamed from the committee’s website.

  •  Friday is the last day to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate for NCHER’s Legislative Conference, which will be held on February 4-6, 2019, at The Madison Hotel, Washington, DC. Register today on our website!

     Next Monday and Tuesday, the NCHER offices will be closed for the Christmas holidays. The office will reopen on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 and be open for the balance of the week. In addition, the NCHER offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 31 and January 1. The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2019. During the holiday period, the NCHER Daily Briefing and NCHER Weekly Rundown will be taking their traditional publishing break. The NCHER Daily Briefing will resume its regular publishing schedule on January 2 while the NCHER Weekly Rundown will return on January 7. Have a safe and happy holiday season and we will see you in the New Year!

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