Federal Relations

May 12, 2014

This Week in Congress

While the House of Representatives began a week-long recess today, the Senate will continue to work this week and next, and then take their own recess the last week of May. Here are a few Senate hearings we’re paying attention to this week. TUESDAY Senate HELP Minority Serving Institutions Full Committee Hearing 10 AM; 430

May 5, 2014

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

April 28, 2014

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

April 7, 2014

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

March 31, 2014

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

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.

March 13, 2014

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

February 24, 2014

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

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

February 12, 2014

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

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