President Obama to Propose Discretionary Spending Freeze

Late yesterday, the Obama administration announced an intention to propose a 3 year freeze of domestic discretionary spending -excluding defense/veterans and homeland security. The proposal, an attempt to decrease the federal budget deficit, will be outlined in the President’s State of the Union address this Wednesday night. At present, we know that the proposal would save… Read More


Obama’s FY11 Proposal — Details and Leaks

Budget Tracker  at CQ.com is keeping track of the details emerging on the fiscal 2011 budget request from the Obama administration, as well as reports seemingly based on leaks, and requests. The President’s budget will be submitted to Congress on Monday, February 1st.  The following are a few of the details that are beginning to… Read More


Balance of Power in the US Senate will Change Agenda

The first election of 2010 is over and the balance of power in the US Senate has shifted just enough to put the Administration’s policy agenda in jeopardy.  Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R-MA) will be the newest member of the Senate, and will be sworn in as soon as the election is certified.  Clues on how… Read More


State of the Union Address set for January 27th

President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday, January 27th, at 9 pm Eastern time (6:00pm Pacific). During his speech, the President will outline his priorities for the coming year as well as recount what he believes are the achievements from his first year in… Read More


FY10 Appropriations Process Comes to an End

**Chart Updated 12/22** With passage of the Defense Appropriations bill in the Senate over the past weekend, the FY10 appropriations process came to an end. The 2010 process included nearly $11 million of appropriations specifically for the University of Washington, including: $4.6 million for the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, $4 million for the… Read More


House Passes Jobs Bill with Higher Ed. Provisions

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a jobs package (H.R. 2847 -Jobs for Mainstreet Act of 2010) that provides $75 billion of unspent funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) for assistance to states and local governments in avoiding government layoffs and supporting infrastructure repair and modernization.  Of note to the higher education community… Read More


Future of Tax Extenders Legislation Remains Unclear

Despite House passage of the Tax Extenders Act of 2009 (H.R. 4213), it appears possible that tax provisions important to the higher education community may expire at the end of the month. The provisions include the education tuition deduction, the IRA charitable rollover, and the research and development tax credit. Disagreements in the Senate over… Read More


FY10 Appropriations Moving to Conclusion

Yesterday, details on a House-Senate omnibus FY10 appropriations package (H.R. 3288) emerged. The omnibus package will contain 6 of the 7 appropriations bills that have yet to be signed into law -with only the Defense Appropriations bill remaining. The Defense bill is being utilized as a final vehicle to advance measures that the leadership in… Read More


Timeline Slipping for Major Legislation

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) announced this week that a climate bill will not likely emerge before the spring of 2010. The announcement confirms that at least 1 of 3 (and likely all 3) of President Obama’s top legislative initiatives for 2009 will slip into 2010 -the other two being health care and… Read More


Second Continuing Resolution on the Horizon

Today, the leadership in Congress announced that a second continuing resolution (CR) lasting until December 18th will be attached to the Interior-Environment Appropriations bill conference report -as appeared likely earlier this week. It is expected that the measure will pass by the end of the week. Since the end of the fiscal year was September 30th… Read More