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May 20, 2013

FY14 Appropriations Update

Appropriations:  This week, House appropriators are expected to approve a plan for writing FY14 spending bills that would make deep cuts in domestic programs in order to protect defense programs. The overall figure will adhere to the spending caps set by recent budget agreements and assumes the sequester will apply to FY14 without a larger…

May 17, 2013

House GOP Proposes Austere FY14 Appropriations Plan

Late yesterday, the House Republicans released new spending targets for FY14 appropriations bills. Under the GOP numbers, the Labor-HHS-ED bill will face a nearly 20 percent reduction on top of the cuts already made in the March 1st sequestration order. These programs would be capped at $121.8 billion — or about $28 billion below the…

May 13, 2013

This Week in Congress

TUESDAY, MAY 13th Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: HOMELAND SECURITY 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing WEDNESDAY, MAY 14th Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 10 a.m., SVC-117 Capitol Visitor Center Subcommittee Hearing 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: ENERGY AND WATER 2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee…

Farm Bill goes to mark up

Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are working on the Farm Bill this week. The respective farm bills scheduled to be marked up in Senate Agriculture on Tuesday and House Agriculture on Wednesday. The draft House plan released on Friday would save a projected $39.7 billion over a decade through reductions to nutrition programs, farm…

May 10, 2013

Progress on Student Loan Interest Rate Bill

Although both chambers are in recess today, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes legislating and negotiating. House lawmakers plan to release a draft 2013 farm bill that’s expected to produce $38 billion in savings over a decade. Across the Capitol, Senate Democrats are looking for ways to advance President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency…

May 9, 2013

Senate Begins Mark Up of Immigration Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning to mark up the immigration bill today in the opening act of what will likely be a long, contentious fight over amendments. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S 744) is the immigration reform proposal developed by the so-called “gang of eight.” Among other things, the…

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.

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