Appropriations Outlook for Next Week

The Association of American Universities (AAU) released the following outlook today for the appropriations process scheduled to resume next week when congress returns from recess:   The Senate Appropriations Committee will begin moving its FY12 bills next week as soon as the Senate returns from the August recess on September 6.  Two bills will be marked… Read More


Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: Timeline & Deadlines

Timeline August 16, 2011:  members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to be appointed. September 16, 2011:  Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction must hold its first meeting.   September 22, 2011:  Congress must consider a resolution of disapproval for first tranche ($900 billion) of debt limit increase.   October 1-December 31, 2011:  the House… Read More


Deficit Reduction Committee Complete

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has tapped her three choices to serve on the deficit reduction super committee: Representatives James Clyburn (D-SC), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).  Pelosi vowed to appoint Democrats who would protect entitlement programs and push for revenue increases.  All 12 committee members are now in place.


More Super Committee Names

House Speaker John Boehner has appointed Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) as the House GOP members of the deficit reduction “super committee.”  Hensarling will be co-chairman of the committee.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also announced Wednesday the Senate… Read More


Murray Tapped for “Super Committee”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to tap Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to serve as the co-chair of the deficit reduction super committee, which was created through the debt legislation approved last week.  According to Democratic sources, the other two picks for the Senate Democrats will be Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and John Kerry (D-MA).


Debt Deal Done!

The House approved the deficit reduction bill last night by a vote of 269-161; 95 Democrats and 66 Republicans voted against the measure.  Congressmen Adam Smith and Jim McDermott voted no, while the remaining members of our delegation voted in favor of the bill. The Senate is expected to clear deficit reduction legislation at noon today. … Read More


NSF Launches New Innovation Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) on July 28 launched a new program to help develop basic scientific and engineering discoveries into new technologies, products, and processes.  The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is a public-private partnership among the NSF, Kauffman Foundation, and Deshpande Foundation.  The goal of the program, according to the NSF press release,… Read More


Finally-A Final Debt Deal

The framework for a final deal to raise the debt ceiling is finally on the table.  The House and Senate will continue working today with a goal of pushing a bill through both chambers by tonight.  The leadership of both parties in both chambers have also agreed to commence their August recess as soon as… Read More