Federal Relations

Senate Joins Earmark Moratorium

Yesterday, Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) announced that the Senate will not advance earmark requests during the FY11 and FY12 appropriations cycles. The annoumcement follows decisions by the House of Representatives and President Obama to oppose the inclusion of special member projects in appropriations bills. Senator Inouye’s statement affirms his belief that Members of Congress should be able to direct

FY11 Appropriations Come to a Halt

Yesterday evening, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) decided to pull the FY11 omnibus appropriations package from the Senate schedule.The move came after several committed “aye” votes decided that they could no longer support the legislation due to concerns about the overall cost and presence of earmarks. The next step in the FY11 process will

2011 House Schedule Released

Leaders in the House have released a tentative schedule for calendar year 2011. However, the endgame for the current Congress and the FY11 appropriations process remains uncertain. Passage of appropriations bills for the current fiscal year now rest on the ability of the Senate leadership to garner the necessary 60 votes. It is expected that an outcome on

UW FY12 Federal Agenda Development Process Opens

The Office of Federal Relations has released a notice calling for projects and agency/program funding recommendations for inclusion in the official UW FY12 Federal Agenda. The notice was distributed to UW deans, vice provosts, and other senior members of the administration. Individuals interested in learning more about the process are invited to contact the UW Office of

House Passes Oil Spill Bill, Senate Struggle Will Continue in Fall

House Passes Oil Spill Bill  Before adjourning for the August recess, the House of Representatives passed an oil spill response bill, HR 3534, the  Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (CLEAR Act). The House bill removes the $75 million cap on economic liability reimbursement for offshore oil spills, restructures the Department of

Murray Amendment Advances Crucial State Funding

The Senate today passed a crucial amendment that will help states avoid education job losses, and provides desperately needed Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) payments to states . The FMAP/Teacher Jobs Bill passed the senate on a vote of 61-39 and will now be sent to the House where most expect it to pass and then sent to

This Week on Capitol Hill, June 1-4

Congress is in recess this week.  The Senate will resume Monday, June 7th at 2:00 pm and the House will resume Tuesday, June 8th at 2:00 pm.

Education Provisions in Tax Extension Bill

Before leaving for the Memorial Day congressional recess, the House passed a package of tax “extenders” (HR 4213) by a vote of 215 to 204.  It retroactively extended a number of expired provisions of interest to the higher education community, including:  the tuition deduction, the ability to “rollover” Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) without penalty; and,

Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill Unveiled

Yesterday, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) released their newly revised and long awaited energy and climate bill. Some of the key provisions of the legislation released today: Sets a “price collar” on carbon emissions, including predictable floor and a ceiling price. Industrial sources of carbon emissions are not regulated until 2016, after

This Week on Capitol Hill, April 12-16

MONDAY The House was not in session. The Senate met to consider HR 4851 — Short-term extensions of various programs  TUESDAY The House convenes at 2:00 pm to consider some minor bills under suspension of the rules.  Senate Foreign Relations marks up legislation on Peace Corps expansion (S 1382), Torture Victims Relief (S 2839), Water

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