Federal Relations

April 19, 2018

Bridenstine Confirmed as NASA Administrator

After clearing a procedural hurdle earlier this week, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) was confirmed as NASA Administrator earlier this afternoon on a party line vote of 50 to 49. Read more about the vote here and here.


April 18, 2018

NASA Administrator Nomination Advances in Senate

The nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) for NASA Administrator moved forward earlier today after a Senator switched his vote.  Initially, the vote to move the nomination forward stood tied at 49 to 49.  After a number of conversations, Jeff Flake (R-AZ) changed his vote to a ‘yes’ to move forward on the nomination.  The vote cut…


Changes Seen on Senate Appropriations Committee

As expected, with the resignation of Thad Cochran (R-MS), Richard Shelby (R-AL) has officially taken over the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Along with the top spot on the full committee, Sen. Shelby has also assumed the gavel of the Defense Subcommittee, which was also led by Cochran before his resignation. The vacancy in the…


April 13, 2018

What We’re Reading, April 9-13

Here’s a selection of articles we read this week.   Doctor Shortage – The U.S. could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, according to a report published Wednesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The association urged medical schools to train more physicians and use different strategies in doing so. It also encouraged…


April 9, 2018

FY 2018 Funding by Program

Wondering how your federally funded program fared in the FY 2018 omnibus? Check out our programmatic spreadsheet here. Please let us know if there is a federally funded program that you would like added to this document.


March 30, 2018

What We’re Reading, March 26-60

Here’s a selection of articles we read this week. Earthquakes! – An earthquake early warning system under development for the West Coast gets a major boost in the new federal budget that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday. Read more from Northwest Public Broadcasting. Golden Tennis Shoes – Senator Patty Murray’s successes have been not just impressive,…


March 23, 2018

Omnibus Signed After Last Minute Veto Threat

After surprising most of Washington with a last minute tweet this morning threatening to veto the FY2018 omnibus spending bill, President Trump ultimately signed it into law this afternoon.  As the last minute hurdles were being cleared on the Hill earlier this week, White House staff had assured Congressional Republicans that Trump would support the…


Senate Clears Spending Package

A few hours after House did its part, the Senate cleared the FY2018 omnibus spending package by a vote of 65 – 32. President Trump has signaled that he will sign the measure, avoiding a shutdown, which would occur if it were not signed into law before midnight tonight.


March 22, 2018

House Passes Omnibus Package, Sends It to the Senate

The House passed the FY2018 omnibus spending bill at about 1 PM EDT by a vote of 256 to 167. The $1.3-trillion package now heads over to the Senate for its consideration. President Trump has indicated that he will sign it after Senate passage.


More Omnibus Details Available

On the Defense front, the omnibus package would fund DoD basic research (“6.1”) programs at a total of $2.34 billion, an increase of $114.6 million above the Administration request.  Applied research (“6.2”) programs would be funded at $5.68 billion, or $708.2 million above the request. Basic research funding breaks down in the following manner in…


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