Federal Relations

March 3, 2009

Senator Cantwell Issues Statement on Nomination of Gary Locke

Cantwell Welcomes Governor Gary Locke’s Appointment as Secretary of Commerce As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, and a Washingtonian, I am excited that former Governor Gary Locke has been nominated for Secretary of Commerce. As the country begins to tackle the tough

Education Stimulus Funds Scrutinized

A leading Congressional Republican is asking Education Secretary Arne Duncan for significantly more information about how the department plans to spend $100 billion in new funds from the economic stimulus package and to monitor how the money is used. Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon wrote to Duncan last week to ask how the department will

FY09 Budget in the Senate

The Senate will begin voting today on amendments to the FY’09 omnibus spending bill.  One amendment, offered by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), would simply extend the current continuing resolution (CR) for the remainder of the year.  The current CR, which funds most all domestic agencies and the State Department at 2008 levels, expires midnight Friday,

CBO Says Stimulus Will Create Jobs

The economic recovery law enacted last month could create up to 3.6 million jobs by the end of 2010, equaling the Obama administration’s claim the measure will create 3.5 million jobs in that time, according to a final cost estimate of the legislation released Monday by CBO. For job creation, CBO estimates the bill could

UW FY10 Federal Agenda Project Sheets Available

Below, please find individual projects information sheets for the initiatives selected for the UW Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda. The projects identified below combined with a forthcoming set of federal agency/program funding recommendations constitute the University’s primary federal advocacy plan for the coming year. Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)

March 2, 2009

President Obama Rounds Out Cabinet

Today, President Obama nominated Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to serving as Governor of Kansas, Sebelius served as the state’s insurance commissioner for eight years. The Sebelius pick has, thus far, drawn bipartisan praise from the Senate. If Sebelius and Commerce Secretary-designate Gary Locke (D-WA)

The Week at a Glance: March 2-6, 2009

The Senate will spend most of the week on the fiscal year 2009 omnibus appropriations package. The House is expected to take up a package of mortgage-related provisions that was delayed last week, as well as a bill that would expand House membership for the District of Columbia. On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

UW FY10 Federal Agenda Finalized

The University of Washington Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda is now final. The document proposes partnerships with the federal government on a number of high priority projects that will have a significant impact on our institution, state, and region. In the coming months, the Office of Federal Relations will work to garner support for the UW federal

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