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July 12, 2016

White House Issues Veto Threat on House FY 17 Interior Approps Bill

Today, the White House issued (another) veto threat via a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) about the House’s FY 2017 Interior appropriations bill. The White House said the bill underfunds core Department of the Interior (DOI) programs as well as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) operating budget, which supports nationwide protection of human health, and…


May 23, 2016

House FY2017 CJS Mark Up Tuesday Morning

The full House Appropriations Committee will mark up the FY2017 CJS bill tomorrow at 10:30am EST, more details can be found here. The Committee Report is here, and the legislative text can be found here. Overall, the legislation contains $56 billion in total discretionary funding, an increase of $279 million over FY2016 and $1.4 billion…


House Keeps Moving on Approps

This week, the House is expected to move the FY2017 E&W bill on the Floor while the House Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up FY 2017 CJS and T-HUD bills in full committee and FY 2017 Interior in subcommittee. The House FY2017 E&W bill provides a total of $37.4 billion in funding subject to discretionary…


May 17, 2016

House Releases FY2017 CJS

The House Appropriations Committee today released their FY2017 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill that would provide $56 billion, which is a 0.5 percent increase from current spending, and $1.4 billion over the Administration’s request. The bill, which will be marked up in subcommittee Wednesday, would give modest spending boosts to several law enforcement agencies including the…


May 12, 2016

More Senate Approps Movement (E&W, T-HUD, Mil-Con, Zika)

Today, the Senate has passed its first Energy & Water appropriations bill under regular order since 2009. The failure of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) Iran amendment broke up the logjam for both the FY 2017 E&W and will allow the upper chamber to consider both the FY 2017 Transportation and HUD (T-HUD) and FY 2017 Military Construction-VA…


May 10, 2016

Third Time Isn’t Charming for Senate E&W

In an expected turn of events, the Senate failed to invoke cloture last night. The Senate’s third attempt to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate on the substitute amendment for the FY 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill fell short. Senate Democrats have refused to support advancing the measure unless Republicans abandon a proposed amendment by Senator Tom Cotton…


April 19, 2016

Senate Moves C-J-S Forward

Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science approved its $56.3 billion FY 2017 legislation on a bipartisan voice vote, boosting the spending allocation by 1 percent over current levels. The full bill text is expected to be released when the legislation is marked up by the full committee Thursday. Overall, the bill would provide a $71 million boost, to…


OSTP Internship

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Fall Policy Internship Program.  The application deadline is June 17, 2016.  Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be enrolled in, or have just graduated from, an academic program should feel free to apply. More information and application instructions are available…


February 10, 2016

House on Science in the “National Interest”, White House Threatens to Veto

The House will take up a bill today, HR 3293 – Scientific Research in the National Interest Act, that would require the National Science Foundation to show the grants it doles out to scientists are in the national interest. Similar to previous measures restricting NSF sponsored by Congressman Lamar Smith, the legislation is expected to pass. Predictably,…


December 18, 2015

Congress Passes $1.8 Trillion FY 2016 Spending and Tax Extension Bill

This morning the House & Senate approved a $1.8 trillion fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown and funding the federal establishment through September 2016. The measure passed with a 316-113 vote in the House followed by a 65-33 vote in the Senate. President Obama is said to sign the measure into…



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