Federal Relations


June 11, 2013

Immigration Reform Moves Forward in the Senate

The Senate just voted 82-15 to move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform bill. This sets the stage for weeks of debate and considering amendments on a bill that would secure the nation’s borders, enhance the visa system, and set in place a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

June 10, 2013

This Week in Congress

An overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week: TUESDAY, June 11 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Partnerships in Ocean Observations Subcommittee Hearing 2:30 pm, 253 Russell Building Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Education Legislation, Pending Nominations Full Committee Hearing 10 am, 216 Hart Building WEDNESDAY, June…

June 3, 2013

This Week in Congress

An overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week: TUESDAY, June 4th Senate Appropriations 2014 Appropriations: Transportation, HUD Subcommittee Hearing 2:30 pm, 138 Dirksen House Science, Space, & Technology STEM Education Reorganization Full Committee Hearing 2 pm, 2318 Rayburn WEDNESDAY, June 5th Senate Appropriations 2014 Appropriations: Defense Subcommittee…

May 28, 2013

This Week in Congress

Both the House and Senate are in their Memorial Day recess this week, so there are no votes or committee meetings scheduled. When Congress returns next week, the full Senate is expected to consider a comprehensive immigration reform bill created by the bipartisan ‘Gang of Eight’ which was cleared out of committee last week. Congress…

May 23, 2013

House Passes HR 1911

The House just approved the bill HR 1911, the Smarter Solutions for Students Act. The bill passed by a vote of 221 to 198 — largely by party lines: 8 Republicans voted against the bill while 4 Democrats supported it. Before the vote, several higher education associations agreed to be listed as supporters of the legislation,…

May 22, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Clears Immigration Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared a comprehensive immigration reform bill late yesterday afternoon after a week of considering over 200 amendments. The bill, drafted by a bipartisan groups of Senators dubbed the ‘gang of eight’ would, among other things; expand the annual cap of H-1B visas to 110,000 from the existing cap of 65,000, raise…

May 21, 2013

Secretary Duncan advocates long-term student interest rate solution

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, testified before the House Committee on Education and Workforce today. During the hearing, House Chairman Klein specifically asked Secretary Duncan to clarify the Administration’s position on the student loan issue. The Republican attempted to elicit an endorsement from Duncan of their bill, HR 1911, the Smarter Solutions for Students Act,…

Moniz sworn in as Secretary of Energy

Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in as Energy secretary in the department’s cafeteria this morning. Moriz was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate on May 16. Moniz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist, begins with bipartisan endorsement after his 97-0 confirmation. His predecessor, Steven Chu, also won unanimous confirmation in 2009 before battling with GOP lawmakers over…

May 16, 2013

Chairman of the House Science Committee vs. NSF — the fight escalates

In what appears to be an ever escalating battle, the National Science Foundation (NSF) today officially refused to comply with a request to supply reviewer comments to five grants questioned by House Science, Space and Technology Chairman, Lamar Smith (R-TX). On April 25th, Chairman Smith sent a letter to the NSF, which asked for an…

May 7, 2013

This Week in Congress

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, May 7, 2013 Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENT 10:30 a.m. May 7, 124 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee (Chairman Reed, D-R.I.) of Senate…

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