Federal Relations

May 20, 2019

Defense and Energy and Water Reports Now Available

Ahead of the markup scheduled for tomorrow, the House Appropriations Committee has released the report for the House bill and the report for the Energy and Water bill. Defense The Defense bill to be marked up tomorrow would fund the basic and applied research programs in the following manner: Total Basic Research (“6.1”):  $2.51 billion (4.2% below the FY2019 level…


4 More Bills Teed Up for Full Committee Action

Four more FY2020 spending bills are scheduled to be taken up by the full House Appropriations Committee this week. On Tuesday, the committee is expected to mark up the Defense and Energy and Water Development bills.  The committee is scheduled to bring up the Commerce-Justice-Science and Interior measures on Wednesday. The reports for the bills have not yet been…


May 16, 2019

Increases for NSF, NOAA, NASA in House CJS Bill

As noted previously, the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill is scheduled to be marked up on Friday.  A copy of the draft bill has just been released.  The accompanying report will not become available until after the subcommittee markup, just before the full committee markup, which is most likely to occur sometime next week. While most details will not…


White House to Unveil New Immigration Plan

In a speech later today at the White House, President Trump is expected unveil a new immigration plan, one that is expected to be opposed by those on the left and the right.  The biggest part of the proposal is a move to a “merit-based” immigration system, one that moves away from the family-based immigration…


May 15, 2019

Appropriations Process Marches On In House

As scheduled, three different subcommittees approved their respective FY2020 appropriations bills earlier today.  No full committee markup date has been for the three measures– the Defense, Energy and Water Development, and Interior bills. Detailed reports for the bills have not yet been released. The full Appropriations Committee is slated to take up the State-Foreign Operations…


May 14, 2019

Bill Texts Released

In preparation for the markups scheduled for tomorrow, the texts of the House Energy and Water Development, Interior, and Defense spending bills have been released by the Appropriations Committee. While most details in the bills will not become public until the accompanying reports are released, some highlights are now available. Energy and Water Energy Efficiency…


House Moves Ahead on More Spending Bills

Three more FY2020 appropriations bills are scheduled to be taken up at the subcommittee level this week.  By the end of the week, seven of the 12 spending measures will have been acted on by their respective subcommittees. On Wednesday, the Defense, Interior, and the Energy and Water Development bills are scheduled to be marked…


May 10, 2019

Patrick Shanahan To Be Nominated as Defense Secretary

The White House announced yesterday that the President intends to nominate Patrick Shanahan as the next Secretary of Defense.  Shanahan, the former Boeing executive and University of Washington regent, has been serving as the acting secretary since the beginning of the year after the resignation of Jim Mattis.  While he is expected to face a…


May 8, 2019

Appropriations Process Moves Forward

Before officially taking up the FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, the House Appropriations Committee approved a total of $1.295 trillion in new discretionary spending for the upcoming fiscal year.  The committee also adopted, along party lines, the allocation of funds to each of the 12 subcommittees, or “302(b)s.” Of the total amount of $1.295 billion, the…


More Details of House Labor-HHS Bill Available

When the House Appropriations Committee convenes later this morning, it will take up a Labor-HHS-Education measure that includes increases for myriad programs of importance to the University of Washington. Biomedical/health-care In the arena of biomedical research and health-care related matters, as previously noted, the bill would increase funding to NIH by $2 billion to $41.1…


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