Federal Relations

115th Congress


June 22, 2018

Senate “Minibus” Vote Delayed Until Next Week

Earlier this week, it was expected that the Senate would pass its version of the first “minibus” spending package for FY2019, composed of the Energy and Water, Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch bills, by the end of the week.  Late yesterday, as a result of drawn out debates on partisan amendments related to “Waters of…


June 20, 2018

Administration Issues “SAP” on Senate Minibus

The Senate is currently working on its version of the first “minibus” spending package that was cleared earlier in the spring by the House, a measure that contains three of the 12 spending bills for FY2019:  Energy and Water Development; Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs.  In anticipation of its passage, the White House issued…


“Rescissions” Package on Hold

After the House cleared a $15-billion “rescissions” package two weeks ago, supporters of the measure in the Senate sought to bring it up in an expeditious manner earlier today. As a result of 50-48 vote on a procedural move against it, the package appears to be stalled. The package seeks to rescind funds from prior…


June 15, 2018

Details of Senate CJS, Interior Bills Available

Many more details contained in the Senate Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) and Interior Appropriations Bills are now available.  Both were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday. CJS Bill The detailed report accompanying the bill is available here. With respect to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Senate committee-passed bill would fund the agency as a whole at…


June 14, 2018

Congress Continues to March Through Appropriations

Both chambers of Congress continue their march through the FY2019 appropriations process. The Senate Appropriations Committee took up and cleared its Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Interior, and Legislative Branch bills earlier today, meaning that the committee has cleared seven of the 12 spending bills.  Some of the initial details about the CJS and Interior bills were posted yesterday….


June 13, 2018

Initial Details of Senate CJS, Interior Bills Available

As noted yesterday, two of the Senate appropriations subcommittees approved the FY2019 Commerce-Justice-Science and Interior spending bills. While the detailed reports accompanying the bills are not yet available, some from the measures are known. The CJS bill would fund some of the agencies in the following manner: $8.1 billion for NSF, $301 million above the…


June 12, 2018

Two More Spending Bills Cleared by Senate Subcommittees

Earlier today, two Senate subcommittees cleared for consideration by the full Appropriations Committee later this week two FY2019 spending bills of great interest to the University of Washington. The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved its bill, which funds, among other agencies and programs, the U.S. Geological Service, the EPA, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. …


June 8, 2018

House Passes First “Minibus”

After completing its debate earlier today, the House passed the first of its “minibus” packages containing three of the 12 FY2019 appropriations bills, the Energy and Water Development, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch bills.  The goal of the House leadership is to bundle different spending bills into “minibus” measures and move several bills at once rather…


June 7, 2018

More Progress Seen on Appropriations Front

Both chambers of Congress continue to make progress on the FY2019 appropriations bills. The House is expected to start its debate on its first “minibus” package of bills today.  The measure includes the Energy and Water Development, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bills.  The Appropriations Committee approved its Interior spending bill yesterday evening….


June 5, 2018

Most of August Recess for Senate Canceled

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that he is cancelling most of the traditional month-long August recess.  Under the new schedule, the Senate would have a week-long recess at the beginning of August but would return to Washington for the rest of the month. Read more about McConnell’s decision here, here, and here.  It is still…



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