This Week in Congress

Here is a list of hearings the Office of Federal Relations will be paying attention to throughout the week. TUESDAY Senate Budget Committee Fiscal 2015 Budget: Education Full Committee Hearing 10:30 AM; 608 Dirksen Building House Energy & Commerce – Subcommittee on Health State of Biomedical Innovation Subcommittee Panel Discussion 3 PM; 2123 Rayburn Building… Read More


This Week in Congress

Here is a list of hearings and happenings around the nation’s capitol that may be of interest to you. TUESDAY House Science, Space and Technology Committee HR 4412 – NASA Authorization Act Full committee markup 1:30 PM; 2318 Rayburn Building House Natural Resources Committee American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers Full committee oversight… Read More


This Week in Congress

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Biofuels and the Economy Full Committee Hearing 10 AM; 328-A Russell Building Senate Armed Services Defense Science and Technology Enterprise Subcommittee Hearing 2:15 PM; 222 Russell Building WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation S 2030 – Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2014 Full… Read More


This Week in Congress

Here are a few hearings that we’re looking forward to this week. The appropriations process is moving forward and a full list of appropriations hearings can be found on the Senate Appropriations Committee website and the House Appropriations Committee website. TUESDAY, APRIL 1 Senate Budget Economic Mobility and Inequality Full Committee Hearing 10 AM, 608… Read More


This Week: Doc Fix, Unemployment Benefits, and Budget

The House is not in session today, but the Senate is and is expected to advance another short-term fix to Medicare’s payment system, or the “doc fix.” The yearlong patch (HR 4302) would extend Medicare payments to physicians and prevent cuts to Medicare payment rates that were expected to take place in April without congressional intervention…. Read More


Senate Confirms New Leadership at NSF

Last night the U.S. Senate confirmed a new director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. France Cordova. She succeeds Subra Suresh, who stepped down from NSF one year ago to become president of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An astrophysicist, Dr. Cordova earned a Ph.D in physics from the California Institute of Technology. She went… Read More


This Week in Congress

Congress returns today from a weeklong recess. Here are a few hearings that may be of interest later in the week. THURSDAY, February 27th  Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee North Pacific Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard 10:30 AM, 253 Russell Building Senate Health, Education, Labor and… Read More


Preview of President’s Budget Request for FY2015

President Obama will release his FY2015 budget request next Tuesday. He is expected to seek a small increase in spending as called for by the December budget deal but he will avoid any “grand bargain” proposals for steep deficit cuts. Obama’s request will stick to the $1.014 billion discretionary spending caps for FY2015 set by… Read More


Senate Passes House Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling

With an impending snow storm as a powerful motivator, the Senate passed the House’s bill to suspend the debt ceiling until March 15, 2015 by a vote of 55-42. Earlier this week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas vowed to filibuster the measure since the House Republicans “caved to President Obama” and were unable extract to… Read More


National Science Board releases report on S&E indicators

Today the National Science Board released a biennial report that takes a dive into data and trends relevant to understanding the current science and engineering (S&E) environment in the US and abroad. According to the report, knowledge- and technology-intensive (KTI) industries continue to play a larger part in the US economy, though regional and national… Read More