Federal Relations

May 21, 2015

Alexander and Murray Release HEA Working Groups

Today, HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced several bipartisan, full committee staff working groups to address four major issues related to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The working groups will examine the following topics: Accountability Accreditation College Affordability and Financial Aid Campus Sexual Assault and Safety Senators Alexander and

May 20, 2015

OMB Letter of Concern to House Appropriators about FY16 CJS

As this process gets ever more interesting, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Sean Donovan sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee’s Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) about the draft FY16 CJS Appropriations bill. The letter expressed strong concern on the funding levels for science and innovation due

April 29, 2015

Senate Judiciary Releases Patent Bill

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee has released their long-awaited version of patent legislation. The House has promoted several bills, namely the Innovation Act,  over the last few years, including this year. The text of the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT Act) has yet to be released, but purportedly the measure would simply pleadings,

April 16, 2015

ESEA Moves through Senate HELP Committee

In a rare example of legislating and bipartisanship, the HELP Committee unanimously passed its rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education reauthorization bill this afternoon.  The bill, called Every Child Succeeds, includes historically toxic education topics like testing and school performance ratings. The bill has been so toxic that the last three Congresses have tried and failed

House Releases COMPETES

The House Science Committee Republicans released their version of the America COMPETES reauthorization legislation. The COMPETES bill reauthorizes major science programs including then entirety of the National Science Foundation, the science programs within the Department of Energy, and NIST. The bill is here. In addition, the legislation will mark up the Full Committee next week on April

March 5, 2015

Feds Closed but Senate Holds Arctic Hearing

With 4-10 inches forecast, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) held a hearing on opportunities in the Arctic today despite the federal government being shut down due to snow in the District of Columbia. UW professor Cecilia Bitz testified before the Alaskan Senator, who is also Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on the topic.

February 23, 2015

This Week in Congress, February 23-27

The Department of Homeland Security will take stage front and center this week as Congress has only five days left to pass a continuing resolution to fund the agency through the remainder of the fiscal year. Elsewhere on the Hill, we’re paying attention to these committee hearings. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Senate Health, Education, Labor &

December 9, 2014

This Week in Congress

With the current continuing resolution set to expire on Thursday, December 11, all eyes and ears are on House and Senate negotiators as they work toward an agreement on an omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year.   Here are the committee hearings we’re paying attention

July 14, 2014

This Week in Congress

Today the Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. and is in a period of morning business until 6 p.m. No votes are expected. In the other chamber, the House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to begin consideration of a number of bills, including HR 5016, which would make appropriations for financial