Federal Relations

October 28, 2013

House Science Chair: Science vs. Entitlements

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-TX, published an op-ed in Politico today. In it, he asserts that federal budget is so taken up with entitlements that the nation’s investment in science is suffering and will continue to suffer as a result. Further, Chairman Smith argues that entitlement reform means more funding for basic science

August 16, 2013

Recently Introduced Bills Concerning Ocean Clean Up

There have been a couple of bills introduced this summer surrounding the issue of ocean cleanup in the wake of disaster and preventing future damage to oceans. Below is a quick overview and analysis of a couple of these bills that we have been keeping our eye on. S 1162 – A bill to authorize

July 10, 2013

If at first you don’t succeed, the House will try and pass the Farm Bill (again)

The proverb is clearly something the House lives by. To demonstrate, the House Republican Leadership will attempt to pass the Farm Bill again this week after a disastrous attempt and failure prior to the Fourth of July Recess. The House is expected to consider a modified version of the bill considered in June. This bill

June 25, 2013

President’s Climate Action Plan

In conjunction with his statement today, the President has released his Climate Action plan. A short overview of the plan can be found here, while the longer version can be found here – POTUS Climate Change Action Plan.

Senate Confirms Pritzker

Today, the Senate confirmed Penny Pritzker as Secretary of Commerce by a vote of 97-1. Pritzker, a member of the family that owns Hyatt Hotels, was the national finance chairwoman of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and the national co-chairwoman of his reelection campaign. The Commerce Department is comprised of of 12 different agencies responsible for

President Unveils Climate Change Agenda

President Barack Obama will unveil his climate change agenda during a speech around 2 p.m. Eastern this afternoon. The agenda is expected to combine both Executive Orders and a call to Congress to enact legislation. The new climate initiative will impose deadlines for EPA to write rules throttling carbon dioxide emissions at U.S. power plants, part

June 20, 2013

House Defeats Farm Bill

The House voted down the farm bill by a vote of 195-234 early this afternoon. Sixty-two Republicans voted against the measure while 24 Democrats voted for the measure. With that, the House is adjourned for the week. It is unclear major legislation, including student loans or appropriations measures, that the House will consider next week.

June 18, 2013

House Proceeds on Farm Bill as White House Threatens Veto

The House will begin consideration of the Farm Bill (HR 1947) today and finish consideration on Thursday. While the House Rules Committee is still determining which amendments will be made in order, 220 amendments have been submitted to the Rules Committee.The House Rules Committee has proceeded with a rare two day consideration of the rule

June 17, 2013

House Proceeds on Farm Bill

This week, the House will consider its version of the Farm Bill (HR 1947) to authorize USDA programs for five years. The controversial measure is expected to be considered for the bulk of the week. Where the Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill earlier this year by 66–27, with 18 Republicans voting in favor, the House measure

June 10, 2013

Senate Passes Bipartisan Farm Bill

This evening, the Senate passed S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, by a vote of 66 to 27. Eighteen Republican Senators voted for the measure. Last Thursday, the Senate voted 75  to 22 to invoke cloture (limit further debate) on the bill and members of the Senate unanimously agreed that

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