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March 22, 2019

Executive Order on Colleges and Universities Issued

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that seeks to address two allegations made against higher education:  1) colleges and universities stifle the free speech rights of conservative students and organizations; and, 2) institutions of higher education do not provide enough useful data about themselves to students and the public with respect to a host of issues,…


March 13, 2019

Additional Information About FY2020 Budget Proposal Available

Additional details about the President’s FY2020 budget requests for various agencies are becoming available.  In the bigger picture, this additional level of information is not as detailed as what we expect to see later this spring. For example, the top line USGS budget document shows that the Administration proposes to eliminate the Cooperative Research Unit program…


March 11, 2019

President’s FY2020 Budget

Today, the Administration released its FY 2020 President’s budget request (PBR) to Congress. This budget is the first step in the annual Congressional appropriations cycle. The annual PBR is a political and policy document indicative of the goals of the  Administration for the coming year. The $4.7 trillion FY 2020 budget released today would sharply reduce spending…


March 4, 2019

Senate Likely to Disapprove National Emergency Declaration

Over the weekend, a fourth Republican Senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, expressed his support for the resolution disapproving the president’s declaration of a national emergency on the Southern border.  Paul joins Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina in publicly declaring their support for the resolution.  A number…


February 26, 2019

Meanwhile, in Non-Budget Related News…

In another demonstration of how unusual the current political times are, the House is expected to take up today H. J. Res. 46, a resolution disapproving President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the Southern border.  The measure is expected to pass easily in that chamber.  The remaining question in…


February 25, 2019

And here comes the NEXT Spending Battle

Although the FY2019 spending situation has finally been resolved, another potentially protracted spending fight is already underway.  Without an agreement to lift the statutory limits on how much the government can spend during FY2020, the federal government is looking at a very steep fiscal cliff and significant automatic cuts. In 2011, House and Senate negotiators came…


February 14, 2019

Trump to Sign Spending Bill, Then Declare National Emergency

Late this afternoon, the Senate cleared by a vote of 83 to 16 the spending package that would fund the entire government for the rest of the fiscal year (the text of the conference report is available here). The Senate moved to vote on the bill even as the Members were unclear as to whether the…


January 28, 2019

NSF and NASA Resumption of Operations

The National Science Foundation issued the following notice concerning the reopening of the government: A Resumption of Operations at NSF page has been developed that includes Important Notice No. 145, Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation, dated January 28, 2019, as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement-related policy and…


CBO: Shutdown Cost $11B

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report today that the recent 35 day, 5 week government shutdown cost the U.S. economy $11 billion. Other take aways: It permanently lost $3 billion in economic activity for the 4th quarter. The shutdown delayed approximately $18 billion in federal discretionary spending for compensation and purchases of goods and…


Three Week Deal…Some Ancillary Fixes

As part of the three week deal signed into law on Saturday, the measure (H.J.Res. 28) would reopen the nine Cabinet departments and several independent agencies closed during the shutdown through February 15. Beyond funding these agencies, there were other significant items included in this agreement. Back Pay Federal employees will receive back pay as part…



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