Federal Relations

February 15, 2019

Spending Bill Clears House, Ready To Be Signed

Following the Senate’s lead, the House cleared last night H.J. Res. 31, the measure that would keep the government funded through the rest of the fiscal year (read the explanatory statement for the legislation here).  The House vote was 300 – 128. As noted yesterday, after President Trump signs the measure later this morning, he…


February 14, 2019

Funding Bill Includes Increases

An initial review of the conference report shows that it contains increases for a number of agencies and accounts of interest to UW. For example, the bill would fund NSF at $8.075 billion, an increase of $308 million above the FY2018 level. Wtihin NSF, the bill would fund: Research and Related Activities at $6.52 billion Education and…


Trump to Sign Spending Bill, Then Declare National Emergency

Late this afternoon, the Senate cleared by a vote of 83 to 16 the spending package that would fund the entire government for the rest of the fiscal year (the text of the conference report is available here). The Senate moved to vote on the bill even as the Members were unclear as to whether the…


February 5, 2019

UW Physician Testifies in Senate HELP Committee

Today, Dr. Katherine Bennett testified in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at the invitation of Senator Patty Murray. The hearing, titled “How Primary Care Affects Health Care Costs and Outcomes,” can be viewed on the HELP committee’s website here.


January 28, 2019

NSF and NASA Resumption of Operations

The National Science Foundation issued the following notice concerning the reopening of the government: A Resumption of Operations at NSF page has been developed that includes Important Notice No. 145, Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation, dated January 28, 2019, as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement-related policy and…


CBO: Shutdown Cost $11B

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report today that the recent 35 day, 5 week government shutdown cost the U.S. economy $11 billion. Other take aways: It permanently lost $3 billion in economic activity for the 4th quarter. The shutdown delayed approximately $18 billion in federal discretionary spending for compensation and purchases of goods and…


Three Week Deal…Some Ancillary Fixes

As part of the three week deal signed into law on Saturday, the measure (H.J.Res. 28) would reopen the nine Cabinet departments and several independent agencies closed during the shutdown through February 15. Beyond funding these agencies, there were other significant items included in this agreement. Back Pay Federal employees will receive back pay as part…


January 25, 2019

Deal Reached to Re-Open Government… for Three Weeks

At a Rose Garden address this afternoon, President Trump announced that he has reached a deal with Congressional Democrats to reopen the government for three weeks, through February 15.  The three-week extension package does not include funding for a wall along the Southern border.  During his remarks, the president added that the federal workers who…


Shutdown Enters 35th Day

The partial shutdown is now in its 35th day.  Although the Senate defeated two proposals– the first two proposals that were voted on since the start of the shutdown– yesterday, the two parties have started talking about a path forward.  Read more about it here. Immediately after the Senate votes, a small group of bipartisan Senators…


January 24, 2019

Both Senate Bills Go Down

As expected, both versions of a Senate bill to reopen the government were defeated on procedural grounds earlier today. To cut off debate and move to floor votes, both bills needed 60 votes, and neither reached that threshold.  The bill offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that contained the set of proposals from the…


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