Shutdown looming Senate rejects House GOP conditions on temporary spending bill

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2013 2:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shutdown looming, Senate rejects House GOP conditions on temporary spending bill WASHINGTON – The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill.On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama’s health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating. The Senate also stripped a provision that would have eliminated the tax on medical devices.House Republicans had added the provisions early Sunday morning in their campaign to undo Obama’s signature domestic program.The vote came less than 10 hours before a possible shutdown and with no compromise in sight. Democrats — and a few Republicans — are pressing for the House to approve a straightforward spending bill with no conditions. read more

Senate hosting forum on academic accommodations and accessibility

Senate Chair David Whitehead is inviting all Brock University faculty, staff and students to attend an open educational forum next week on the issue of academic accommodations and accessibility.A panel of lawyers will make the presentation Wednesday, April 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Sankey Chamber. In advance of the session, all members of the Brock University community are invited to submit questions about the topic to the University Secretary no later than Tuesday, April 10 so that a summary of the questions can be forwarded to the panel participants in advance.Some examples of the question topics regarding academic accommodation could include:ProcessCommunicationConfidentialityAcademic freedomUndue hardshipEssential skillsFairnessPedagogy and reasonable accommodationConflict resolutionRetroactive accommodationOther read more