Update from Washington, DC

In two short weeks, Members of Congress will flee Washington, DC and return to their home states for a 5-week summer break.  The Senate will work one week longer, starting their summer recess period on August 7th.  Both the House and the Senate have set lofty goals for the next two (or three) weeks, which… Read More


WA Members Participate in Baseball Game for Charity

On a rainy Wednesday evening in the nation’s capital, Members of Congress took the field at Nationals Park for the 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Democrats faced off against Republicans in a battle no less spirited than is typically seen on the Hill. Heading into the game, Republicans held an impressive 33-14 win-loss record. However,… Read More


Rep. McMorris Rodgers Possible Ranking Member on Education and Labor

**UPDATE** The new Ranking Member on Education and Labor is John Kline (R-MN). Earlier this week, it was announced that Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon (R-CA), the Ranking Member on the House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, is leaving the panel to take the same position on the House Armed Services Committee. McKeon’s departure… Read More


Congressman Reichert Recognizes UW School of Medicine on House Floor

UW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE                                 HON. DAVID G. REICHERT of washington in the house of representatives Thursday, April 30, 2009 Mr. REICHERT. Madam Speaker, today I rise in recognition of the University of Washington School of Medicine and their incredible standing as one of the best medical schools in the world. According to US News &… Read More


Bill Would Create National Climate Service

The House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment is expected to mark up draft legislation today that would create an office similar to the National Weather Service to predict changes in climate.  The new “National Climate Service” would be established within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  A National Climate Service (NCS)… Read More


Senator Specter Switches Parties

Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced today that he is switching parties and will run for re-election as a Democrat in 2010, drastically altering the balance of power in the Senate.  Specter has been a Republican for more than 40 years. His switch would make him the Democrats’ 60th vote in the Senate if Democrat Al… Read More


House Science Committee Holds Oversight Hearing on Recovery Act Funding

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) has prepared the following summary of the March 19th House Science Committee Hearing on the use of funding for science provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. NASULGC Summary The House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing on Thursday,… Read More