Federal Relations

Environmental Research & Sustainability


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. …


May 21, 2018

Interior Appropriations Bill to Move Next

The next item on the agenda for the House Appropriations Committee is its FY2019 Interior spending bill, with the committee scheduled to take it up tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22. Among the agencies that the bill funds is the U.S Geological Survey (USGS), which in turn supports a number of programs of interest to the University…


May 17, 2018

CJS Appropriations Bill Clears House Committee

The House Appropriations Committee approved this afternoon by a vote of 32 to 19 the FY2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill.  As noted previously, the bill funds a number of agencies of interest to the university, including, but not limited to, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and NOAA.  During the committee markup, an amendment was offered, and…


May 16, 2018

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Begin to Move

With the FY2019 set to start October 1, the appropriations bills for the year have begun to move through Congress, with the House Appropriations Committee taking up a number of bills the past several days. The subcommittee that oversees the Commerce-Justice-Science bill, which funds various agencies and programs of interest to the university– such as…


March 22, 2018

Additional Details of Omnibus Package Available

More details of the FY2018 Omnibus spending package unveiled last are now available. Within the budget for the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Nursing Workforce Development programs would be funded at $249.5 million, an increase of $20 million above the final FY2017 enacted levels.  The Public Health and Preventive Medicine program would be level funded…


October 12, 2017

New NOAA Administrator Nominee Named

Yesterday, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Barry Myers as Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at the Department of Commerce.  Myers has served at the CEO of AccuWeather since 2007. Read more about the nomination here and here.


May 23, 2017

New Foundation for American Greatness Budget for FY 2018

The Administration unveiled the New Foundation for American Greatness Budget which builds on the America First or blueprint or skinny budget released in March. Similar to the previous Administration, the Trump Administration does address the sequester caps. Where the Obama Administation repeatedly proposed scaling back the spending caps on both military and domestic spending, Trump would relieve…



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