Congressman Dicks Officially Selected to Chair Defense Appropriations

The House Democratic Caucus officially selected Norm Dicks (D-WA) to become chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday, filling the vacancy left by John P. Murtha who passed away in February. Congressman James Moran (D-VA) will replace Norm Dicks as chairman of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. Congressman Dicks will remain a member of the Interior… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hill, March 8-12

Action on the Floor This week the Senate continues consideration of a bill to extend expired tax provisions, unemployment insurance, flood insurance, and COBRA health care subsidies. On Tuesday the House will consider a number of minor commemorative resolutions.  Later in the week, they will consider measures to encourage debt relief for Haiti, to expedite… Read More


Health Insurance and Student Aid Overhauls Likely Headed for Reconciliation

Yesterday, during a speech at the White House, President Obama called on Congress to give health care reform an up or down vote before the Easter congressional recess -beginning March 29th. The message seemed to make clear that the President, along with Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, intend to pursue passage of health insurance reform… Read More


Department of Energy Announces $100 Million Available for Innovative Research Projects

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E’s 3rd funding opportunity to focus on grid-scale energy storage, electrical power technology, and building energy efficiency WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit today, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available to accelerate innovation in… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hill, March 1-5

The Senate resumes consideration Monday of a bill that would extend several expiring tax provisions and may also extend unemployment and COBRA health care benefits, as well as Medicaid funding.  A relatively light week is planned in the House, with the main floor action being on a bill intended to reduce the use of physical… Read More