Federal Relations

July 12, 2018

Labor-HHS Spending Bill Clears House Committee

After an all-day markup, the FY2019 House Labor-HHS-Education bill was cleared by the Appropriations Committee last night. The committee’s adoption of the bill means that 11 of the 12 spending bills have cleared the House Appropriations Committee; the Senate committee has cleared all of its bills. The 13-hour markup was contentious at times, with heated…


July 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Nominated for Seat on Supreme Court

Last night, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The nominee currently serves on the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Kavanaugh was a clerk for Kennedy and previously worked in the George W. Bush White House. Read more about the nomination here and here in the Washington Post…


July 9, 2018

SCOTUS Nomination Expected, Congress Returns

In a televised address this evening, President Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring from the bench at the end of July.  The upcoming nomination fight could overshadow almost everything in Congress this summer. Congress returns this week after its July Fourth recess last week….


July 6, 2018

House Plans to Move Second Minibus

The House has announced it will move forward with considering its second minibus of the year (the first minibus was passed in June). The second minibus will contain the House-versions of the FY2019  Interior and Financial Services bills. The House is expected to consider the measures on the floor the week of July 16th.


July 5, 2018

EPA Administrator Resigns

President Donald Trump tweeted today that he has accepted the resignation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt. Pruitt had been the subject of numerous ethics investigations involving his travel, spending, use of staff, and favors by industry lobbyists. The agency’s Deputy Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, will act as the agency’s leader until a new administrator is nominated by…


June 29, 2018

Senate Defense Spending Bill Details Now Available

Research programs funded by the Defense Department would fare relatively well under the FY2019 Defense spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.  The report that outlines the spending details for the bill is available here. In the report, the committee calls out the importance of basic research in the defense enterprise.  The report reads, in…


June 28, 2018

Appropriations Process Continues to Move Forward

The FY2019 appropriations process continued to move forward today. The House agreed to its version of the Defense spending bill by a vote of 359 to 49.  The detailed report for the bill is available here. In the Senate, the full Appropriations Committee adopted its version of the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills.  While most of…


June 26, 2018

Senate Bill Calls for Bigger NIH Increase

The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee reported out this morning its FY2019 bill. While most of the legislation’s details are not yet available, Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) highlighted during his remarks the $2-billion increase in the bill slated for NIH.  He also called out the proposed Pell Grant maximum of $6,195 and the continuation of the…


In Other Appropriations News…

As expected, the Senate took up and passed last night its version of the first three-bill “minibus” package by a vote of 86 to 5. The vehicle contains the FY2019 Energy and Water, Military Construction-VA, and Legislative Branch spending bills.  With the House having passed the same set of bills earlier this summer, the bills…


Progress and Delay on Labor-HHS-Education Bill

The House Appropriations Committee was scheduled to take up today its FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill.  The legislation funds, among other agencies and programs, those that support biomedical research and student financial aid, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Pell Grants.  The committee markup, however, has been postponed until after the July Fourth…


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