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


This Week in Congress

This week it’s the Senate Budget Committee’s turn to hold a hearing on the Congressional Budget Office’s new economic outlook report, which the House Budget Committee discussed last week and we covered on the blog here.  Meanwhile, the House Budget Committee plans to markup two budget bills, HR 1872 and HR 1869, which would overhaul the budget process. On Wednesday,… Read More


Farm Bill Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the Senate passed the Farm Bill, now titled H.R. 2642 – the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a vote of 68-32. Congress has not approved a new Farm Bill since 2008. The House passed the joint House-Senate conference committee report last week. The final 1,000-page bill reauthorizes hundreds of programs for agriculture, dairy production, conservation, nutrition and… Read More


Farm Bill Conference Report Announced

After two years of negotiating, Farm bill conferees announced a sweeping, bipartisan five-year farm bill late Monday. The measure costs an estimated $1.1 trillion and is filled with trade-offs and an estimated savings of nearly $23 billion. The bulk of savings comes from cutting $19 billion from farm programs, including an end to direct payments… Read More