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July 25, 2014

Rep. Ryan Anti-Poverty Plan and Higher Education

On Thursday, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced what he is calling  a new anti-poverty plan that proposes sweeping changes to the safety net through a state-led pilot program. Announced at the the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Ryan’s plan calls for streamlining the student-aid system, capping federal loans to parents and graduate students, a database for tracking recipients of…


May 20, 2014

UW Professor to Present Disaster Bots to Obama

UW Professor Howard Chizek will present his team’s Smart Emergency Response System (SERS) to President Obama and senior White House officials on June 10th. Chizek is participating in the Smart America Challenge hosted by the White House.  The audience will be White House staffers, cabinet members, and White House Press Corps. The UW team is…


May 14, 2014

OSTP Accepting Applications for Fall 2014 Policy Internship

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is11:59pm, Friday, Jun 20. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Fall 2014 semester are eligible to apply. More information and application instructions are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/. About OSTP.  The…


March 31, 2014

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…


February 11, 2014

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…


February 10, 2014

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,…



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