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April 22, 2013

This Week in Congress

Congress is continuing to move forward with the appropriations process this week before adjourning on a week long recess next week. Below are some upcoming congressional hearings scheduled that we will be keeping our eye on and may be of interest to the UW community. Tuesday, April 23 Senate Budget 2014 Budget: Veterans’ Programs 10:30…


April 16, 2013

Senate Releases Immigration Reform Bill

Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to make the most substantive changes to immigration laws in nearly three decades. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” would affect visas for high-tech workers, create a new “W-visa” program to attract low-skilled workers, and require businesses to implement new electronic-verification…


April 15, 2013

This Week in Congress

The Senate resumes its gun control debate this week, beginning today with the most substantive and contentious issue: a bipartisan proposal to require background checks of gun purchasers in commercial and Internet sales. It’s the start of deliberations that could keep that chamber busy until the Memorial Day recess. We also expect to see an…


April 10, 2013

Jewell Confirmed as Interior Secretary

The Senate has just voted to confirm Sally Jewell as the next Secretary for the US Department of the Interior. We congratulate Secretary Jewell and look forward to working with her in her new capacity.


March 25, 2013

Federal Update, March 2013

The month of March has been a busy one in Washington, D.C. On March 1st sequestration went into effect after Congress failed to come to agreement on long-term deficit reduction, and last week both the House and Senate approved their respective budget resolutions that address overall spending for federal government for FY 2014. And, finally, Congress…


March 23, 2013

Senate Approves Budget, Begins Two-Week Recess

Early this morning, the Senate passed its first budget in four years by a vote of 50 to 49 after a marathon session that began Friday morning and included 562 filed amendments. The Senate approved a budget resolution that relies heavily on $975 billion in new tax revenue to stabilize the growth of the national…


March 21, 2013

Sally Jewell Nomination Approved in Committee

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources has approved the nomination of Sally Jewell for the Secretary of Interior. Jewell’s nomination will now move to the full Senate for consideration, likely sometime in mid-April.


CR and Budget Update

Yesterday, the Senate passed HR 933, a continuing resolution to fund federal government for the remainder of FY 2013. That bill now moves back to the House for final approval, which should take place today before being sent to the President for signature. While the CR does not eliminate sequestration, it does provide some federal…


March 20, 2013

Today in Congress

The Senate is still struggling to get the FY 2013 continuing resolution (CR) approved, which now looks like it may happen on Thursday. That will leave little time to consider the FY 2014 budget resolution. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said that he is planning to keep members in session until they complete…


March 19, 2013

Sally Jewell Nomination for Interior Secretary to Advance

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a business meeting at 10:00am EDT on Thursday, March 21st, to consider the nomination of Sally Jewell to be the Secretary of the Interior. The business meeting will be webcast live on the Committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the meeting…



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