Alabama Senator Expected to Take Over As Chair of Senate Banking Committee

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, is expected to become the new chair of the Senate’s Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee following Tuesday’s election in which Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives and made historic gains in the senate to take over the majority. The move likely signals a shift in the in the hosing policy that will emanate from the legislative branch.Shelby, 80, previously served as chair of the committee from 2003 to 2007. He is replacing retiring Senator Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota, as chair, and in doing so is moving past committee ranking member Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, in the pecking order in accordance with the GOP caucus rules that govern eligibility for leadership.Shelby will have just two years to lead the committee under GOP party rules after he takes the gavel in January. Despite working against the clock, many analysts and observers believe that his experience and longtime involvement with the committee will allow him to speed up the committee’s activity.It remains to be seen what issues Shelby will tackle first in his second term as Senate Banking Committee chair, but experts believe that a priority will be taking on issues with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in 2010 and in particular concerns over the activities of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which formed a year after the Dodd-Frank Act was passed. There are reported to be several proposed bills regarding financial regulation reform in the House that have yet to make their way to the Senate due to outgoing chair Tim Johnson’s opposition to such reform.On Wednesday, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that the Republicans would look at revisiting Dodd-Frank.Some observers have also speculated that Government-Sponsored Enterprise Reform will be a priority for Shelby, since he was instrumental in negotiations for a 2008 housing law that resulted in the creation of a new regulator for GSEs.The Republicans will hold at least 52 seats in the Senate starting in January. It is likely that the number will grow to 53 or 54 with the probable victory of Republican Representative Bill Cassidy over incumbent Mary Landrieu in the runoff for Louisiana’s Senate seat and the final results of Alaska’s senate election still being officially tabulated.Still, any housing legislation that Shelby proposes will need at least some Democratic support in the Senate in order to pass the filibuster test. It’s unclear whether McConnell will expand the so-called “nuclear option” to further diminish the traditional parliamentary procedure. While decrying outgoing majority leader Harry Reid’s pushing of the nuclear button to push through some of President Obama’s nominees, McConnell did note that it was “hard to unring a bell.”But the president still holds the power of the veto pen for any new policy reforms that make it out of the legislative branch. McConnell declared Wednesday that he will attempt to set a tone of conciliation by working with the Democrats, including the president, to find areas of common ground. Whether there is any common ground to be had  in housing policy remains to be seen. 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He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Alabama Richard Shelby Senate Banking Committee Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Alabama Senator Expected to Take Over As Chair of Senate Banking Committee Alabama Richard Shelby Senate Banking Committee Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee 2014-11-05 Brian Honealast_img read more

Press release: Mass testing for secondary pupils as all schools and colleges fully reopen from 8 March

first_img DfE enquiries Central newsdesk – for journalists 020 7783 8300 We have always advised that schools should be the last to close and first to open. It is vital for children’s wellbeing that we get schools open again. Staff, parents and pupils can feel reassured by scientific evidence that shows transmission in schools is low and that children are not drivers of infection in schools or the wider community. The system of controls and the introduction of rapid testing programmes in place in schools offer further reassurance in the measures taken to maximise the safety of the school environment. Most importantly, we know that infection rates in schools are driven by transmission in the wider community. It remains essential that we all continue to keep or contacts to a minimum and follow restrictions outside the school gates so that schools can re-open and stay open. secondary school and college staff will also be provided with 2 tests to use each week at home The government has today (Monday 22 February) set out its plan for the return of all pupils to schools and colleges as part of the roadmap for leaving lockdown, published this afternoon on gov.uk.The government has been clear that the return to face-to-face education is the national priority and that 2 weeks’ notice would be given ahead of any change. The return to school for all pupils is being prioritised due to the significant and proven impact caused by being out of school to the health and wellbeing of children and young people.All students will begin to return to face-to-face education on 8 March with the following testing measures in place: university students on practical courses who need to access specialist facilities and equipment can return to in-person teaching and learning from Monday 8 March. Twice weekly testing will continue to be available for all on campus Wraparound childcare for primary and secondary pupils will resume from Monday 8 March where necessary to enable parents to access work, education or medical care.Staff and students in secondary schools and colleges are advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained and as a temporary extra measure.For the remaining university students, the government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of their return. This will take account of the latest data and will then be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. Students and institutions will be given a week’s notice ahead of any return.All staff at private, voluntary and independent nurseries will have access to tests to use twice weekly at home, building on the testing already available to maintained nursery schools and school-based nurseries. Childminders can continue to access community testing, and the Department continues to work with colleagues across government to review the testing approach available for childminders.Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: all secondary school and college students will take three COVID-19 tests as they return to the classroom from the 8 March at existing school testing facilities. Schools and colleges will have discretion on how to test students over that week to enable their return to the classroom. After the initial programme of three tests in school or college, students will be provided with 2 rapid tests to use each week at home I know this is a moment that students and parents up and down the country have been waiting for, and I would like to take this opportunity to give my thanks to all education and childcare staff and parents who have worked so hard to make sure students have continued to receive a high-quality education throughout this lockdown. The testing of staff and students ahead of their return to secondary schools and colleges, alongside strengthened safety measures, should reassure families and education staff that extra measures are in place alongside the existing bubble system, enhanced hygiene and COVID secure precautions. We are all well aware that being back in school or college brings huge benefits to young people’s education, development and wellbeing. The classroom is the very best place for education and the return of face-to-face teaching for all pupils will be a welcome move for pupils and parents across the country. We have rolled out rapid testing to schools and universities at great pace to help drive down transmission rates among school age children, college and university students. I am very pleased that regular testing is now supporting the reopening of schools and face-to-face education. Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it, so rapid regular testing offers a reliable and effective additional tool to help keep schools safe. Testing in education settings is already well-established, as recent figures showed four million tests had been conducted across schools, colleges and universities.Public Health England continues to advise that the existing range of safety measures in place in education settings remains appropriate – including bubble groups, staggering start and finish times, increasing ventilation and hygiene, regular testing and maintaining distance between adults where possible.Extending the use of face coverings to classrooms is a temporary measure until Easter, and as with all measures the government will keep it under review.Teachers should continue to be sensitive to the additional needs of their students, such as deafness, in deciding whether it is appropriate to wear a face covering.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: all primary school children will return on Monday 8 March. Primary school staff will continue to take 2 rapid COVID-19 tests each week at home The consensus view from SAGE continues to be that missing out on classroom-based education has severe impacts for children and young people, with clear evidence that further time out of schools and colleges is detrimental for cognitive and academic development, learning, health and wellbeing.Evidence from the Public Health England-led Schools Infection Study continues to show that infection rates in schools mirror infection rates in the wider community, suggesting schools are not the main driver of infections.Testing sites already set up in secondary schools and colleges should remain operational for students who find it difficult to test themselves at home. General enquiries – for members of the public 0370 000 2288 Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse and Director of Maternity and Early Years, at Public Health England said:last_img read more

Badgers wrestle Hoosiers to submission in 26-9 win

first_imgAfter dropping consecutive dual matches against two of the Big Ten’s best just a week ago, the No. 20 Wisconsin wrestling team righted the ship in a solid 26-9 defeat of Indiana Friday night at home.The Badgers (7-4, 4-2 Big Ten) took seven of the 10 individual contests, including two comeback victories in the final seconds of the third period.Head coach Barry Davis was pleased to see his team executing under pressure after his team’s two-match conference slide.“For our guys it was about getting on track, we need to keep doing what we’re doing,” Davis said. “Be offensive, beating your ties, getting into your positions and finding ways to win. That’s what [Connor] Medbery did tonight as well as Frank Cousins in tight matches.”With a 10-6 lead heading into the 165-pound match, Cousins, a redshirt sophomore, was unable to amass any offense in the first period and could not earn a point for an escape in the second.After allowing an escape in the third period to break the scoreless tie, Cousins needed two takedowns in the final 90 seconds to keep a comfortable team lead. He was able to twist his opponent down by the leg for his first takedown and won the match with another takedown with 13 seconds remaining in the period.“After I got the first takedown, he escaped,” Cousins said. “The second takedown, I just kind of let go, relaxed, and it was offense, offense, offense … and then eventually got to one of my holds and took him down.”Medbery, a redshirt freshman, also completed a last-minute win thanks to an emphatic takedown with 30 seconds left in the final period against No. 13 Adam Chalfant. The No. 10 heavyweight in the nation, Medbery is 10-0 this year in dual matches and has defeated five ranked conference opponents this season.The last-second reversal of fortunes executed by Medbery came from preparation in practice, thanks to drills by Davis that put the team in pressure situations and forces the wrestlers to apply quick offense.“We put them in situations where they’re down a point with 30 [seconds] to go,” Davis said. “What’s your go-to move, how are you going to find a way to score, so you prepare for those things because they’re going to happen in duals and especially in tournaments.”Wisconsin never conceded its lead after redshirt junior Tyler Graff won 22-7 by technical fall in the 133-pound match. The Olympic qualifier and No. 5 ranked wrestler in the 133-class recorded 11 takedowns on the day in one of the team’s three extra point wins.Fifth-year senior Cole Schmitt also helped the team by winning his third consecutive match, defeating Indiana’s Preston Keiffer. After a scoreless first period, Schmitt wore down his opponent and forced the match’s only takedown late in the second period in an eventual 4-0 win.The New Glarus native used his strength to overpower his opponent even after gaining no points in the match’s first three minutes.“I know that I’m going to tire him out by the end of the match, so if it’s 0-0 first period, I don’t care,” Schmitt said. “I’ll just keep going and get the next point.”Schmitt said he’s been a better wrestler in his three-match winning streak because of losing the pound or two that had been hindering his strength.“I had to get my weight under control,” Schmitt said. “It’s not quite where it should have been the last few weeks; I’ve just been more disciplined … my conditioning feels so much better. I feel like I can go 15 minutes if I have to.”Wisconsin also saw victories from fifth-year senior Tom Kelliher at 141 pounds, redshirt junior Scott Liegel in a 12-3 major decision at 174 pounds and a Jackson Hein victory in a forfeit at 197 pounds.The Badgers showed themselves in greater physical condition than the Hoosiers throughout late-match situations, a promising sign for a team that still has two big duals remaining against conference opponents.“We’re in great shape,” Davis said. “Guys don’t wait that long. Guys like Frank, just get it earlier – that’s the pace you should do the whole time. Our shape is good, let’s use it more to our advantage.”In Wisconsin’s largest margin of victory in a Big Ten win this season, the group may be peaking at the right time for Davis.“It’s about getting better,” Davis said. “When you’re worried about getting better, winning takes care of itself … When we do that, we’ll be fine.”last_img read more