The Rush to Pass a Federal Budget

Washington is a blur of activity these days as the 114th Congress works to wrap up the final days of this legislative session and the incoming Congress and new Administration begins ramping up for the 115th legislative session.  While funding for the federal government runs out on December 9, Congress seemed comfortable focusing on other issues this week, punting a final funding deal until next week.  The tight timeline to pass a funding bill will grease the skids for a flurry of last-minute deal-making allowing for possible policy riders that are priorities for various members of Congress.

This funding measure will extend the current continuing resolution (CR) – likely until April 2017 - that is level funding the Federal government at FY 2016 levels.  The timeline of this next CR is being pushed into April versus the originally discussed deadline of March 2017 given Senate Republicans are concerned the workload required to confirm Trump’s cabinet nominations will bleed into the spending debate.  If they extend the CR until April, it provides the Senate with more time to finish the nominations before turning their attention to the fiscal fight that is bound to occur as Congress decided on a final FY 2017...

Congress returns to Washington for Lame Duck Session

This past week Congress returned to Washington feeling one of two ways: hopeful or bewildered.  The election of the Republican candidate Donald Trump surprised many; even the Trump Team who began contemplating next steps immediately after the election but without much prior thought given to the potential transition.  

Over the course of the last several months, a number of options have been discussed to fund the government past the expiring CR’s date of December 9th.  These include a possible omnibus, which would roll the remaining 11 appropriations bills together and serve as the final FY 2017 budget, or a short or longer-term CR.  It seems the Trump team’s desire is for a shorter-term CR that would extend until March 31, 2017.  This extension would allow the new Administration to get their sea legs in Washington and align the budget with their policy priorities. 


Juliet Holness to attend conference for children with disabilities in Belize

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew, Juliet Holness, will be participating in the Regional Partnership for Children with Disabilities Conference, to be held in Belize from October 13 to 14.

The conference will be held under the theme ‘Breaking Barriers for an Inclusive Society and Empowerment for Children with Disabilities’.

Invitation to the conference was extended to Holness by spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow.

The conference will highlight issues affecting children with disabilities and seek the commitment of participating countries and organisations to work towards making this a cross-cutting issue among governments, civil society, and the private sector.

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Luncheon to focus on hiring people with disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and local business leaders and human resources professionals are invited to learn more about employing people with disabilities at the “Educate, Empower, Employ” luncheon scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at the College of the Canyons Institute of Culinary Education.

The event is sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, and is supported by local businesses and members of the community with a common interest.

“Committees of this kind historically start as a group of individuals who are supporting people with disabilities,” said Ken Wiseman, chairperson of the committee and CEO of AMS Fulfillment, which is a sponsor of the event. “That’s their passion – they’re people who’ve focused their career on helping people with disabilities.”

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Future Accessibility Dubai summit breaking all accessibility barriers

Dubai (October 10, 2016) – Supported by Dubai Municipality and the Community Development Authority (CDA), Advanced Conferences & Meetings (ACM) proudly launched Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology Dubai summit today at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology Dubai brought together governmental authorities, International NGOs, Citizens of Dubai with disabilities and senior representatives from the transportation, healthcare and public services sectors. The summit started with the opening remarks of the United Nation’s representative Daniela Bas who also delivered a presentation about the elimination of barriers to promote social inclusion and well-being for all. Bas moderated an enlightening workshop on awareness of disabilities and communication between the government and civil society.

Dr. Hussain Maseeh from the Community Development Authority (CDA) delivered an introduction about the future of Dubai as an accessible city. Dr. Maseeh also participated in the panel discussion on developing regulations and sharing best practices along with David Capozzi and Mukhtar Al Shibani. This panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Nadera Alborno.
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