Federal Relations

April 3, 2009

FY2010 Budget Resolution Advances to House-Senate Conference

On Thursday April 2nd, the House of Representative and Senate approved the FY2010 Budget Resolution, which sets-up a conference session to iron out differences in the legislation between the two chambers. A budget resolutuion serves as a blueprint for Congress in putting together an actual budget. Over the past few weeks, House and Senate Budget

March 30, 2009

$3.6 trillion budget for the federal government

The House and Senate will take up their budget resolutions this week as Democrats seek to lay the groundwork for healthcare reform and other elements of President Obama’s agenda, as Republicans continue to make the case that the programs will hurt the struggling economy. Both resolutions include deficit-neutral reserve funds for healthcare reform, energy and

March 27, 2009

FY10 Budget Resolution Moves Forward

Yesterday, the Senate Budget Committee approved its FY10 budget resolution following similar action in the House the day before.  The White House Budget Director applauded House and Senate committee approval of their budgets, noting they include the administration’s top priorities.   Both the House and Senate will take floor action on their proposals sometime next week.

March 17, 2009

FY10 Budget Resolution Taking Shape

House and Senate Budget Committees are on course to consider a fiscal year 2010 budget resolution during the week of March 23rd. A budget resolution sets parameters for the spending and tax provisions of the detailed appropriations bills that emerge from Congress. A budget resolution identifies priorities of the majority party for both the upcoming

March 11, 2009

Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations Signed Into Law

The FY09 omnibus appropriations bill was signed into law today, following a 62-35 Senate vote last night and a statement by President Obama that the earmark process needs to be reformed during the FY10 appropriations process. According to the President, many congressionally directed appropriations (also known as earmarks) serve legitimate public needs, but a few

March 9, 2009

Research Funding Overview Available

The Office of Federal Relations has drafted an overview of the research funding provided in the various funding vehicles (i.e. FY09/FY10/FY11 appropriations, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) currently circulating in Congress and/or the federal agencies. Please contact the Office of Federal Relations with any questions on the document. Federal Research Funding Overview

Department of Education to Distribute $44 Billion in Stimulus Funds in 30 to 45 Days

Department of Education Press Release FOR RELEASE: March 7, 2009 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that $44 billion in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days. The first round of funding will help avert hundreds of thousands

March 6, 2009

FY09 Omnibus Delayed

The Senate was unable to pass the FY’09 Omnibus bill last night and now plans to approve a short-term continuing resolution (CR) sometime today.  The current CR expires midnight tonight (March 6).  The new CR is expected to run through midnight Tuesday, by which time Democratic leaders hope to clear the nine-bill, $410 billion spending

March 5, 2009

Federal Agencies Create Websites for Recovery Act Funds

Several federal agencies have created websites that will be utilized to provide guidelines/ updates on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding. See below for access. Federal Government Recovery Act Overview National Institutes of Health    Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research    Overview Information    Review Criteria and Processes for Recovery Act

March 3, 2009

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,

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