Federal Relations

February 21, 2013

NIH Director Indicates Some Flexibility on Sequester Cut within Institute

NIH Director Francis Collins announced to reporters yesterday after a tour of facilities with Senator Mikulski (D-MD), that he had informed each director of the 27 individual institutes and centers that they will have the authority to determine how to take the looming 5.1% ($1.5 billion) sequester cut to NIH scheduled to take effect on

February 20, 2013

Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: H.R. 729: A bill to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to exempt the National Institutes of Health from sequestration under section 251A for fiscal 2013, and to reduce the sequestration by the

February 13, 2013

Obama Delivers State of the Union

Last night, President Barack Obama used his fifth State of the Union address to lay out an ambitious second term policy agenda.  The president called for comprehensive immigration reform, managing college costs, raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour, universal access to preschool for all four year olds, gun safety, climate change, $50 billion for

February 8, 2013

Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced this week that may be of interest to the higher education community: S. 216: A bill to prevent harassment at institutions of higher education. (Also known as the Clementi Act) Sponsor: Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Introduced: 2/4/2013 Last Major Action: Referred to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Cosponsors: 5

February 1, 2013

This Week in Congress

A roundup of bills introduced this week that may be of interest to the higher education community: H.R. 359: A bill to establish and operate a National Center for Campus Public Safety. The bill would provide grants to institutions of higher education to assist in carrying out the functions of the Center.  Sponsor: Robert Scott

January 25, 2013

This Week in Congress

A roundup of bills introduced this week that may be of interest to the higher education community: S.1: A bill to reform America’s broken immigration system. The priority number of this bill indicates that it will likely be used for some sort of immigration reform in this congress – it will also change several times

January 18, 2013

New Bills of Interest

The following are some bills that have been introduced in the first weeks of the 113th Congress that may be of interest to members of the UW community: HR 118 (Holt, D-NJ) – National STEM Education Tax Incentive for Teachers Act of 2013, which would provide a credit for qualified tuition expenses up to $1000

January 10, 2013

Recently Introduced Offshore Drilling Bill Would Create New NOAA Grant Program

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D – TX) introduced the Deficit Reduction, Job Creation, and Energy Security Act (HR 70) last week, The bill directs the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Commerce, acting through NOAA, to initiate immediate action to create jobs in America by taking advantage of leasing opportunities and development of offshore

January 7, 2013

Congressman Heck Named to House Financial Services Committee, Will Give up Budget Committee Post

In a rare appointment for a freshman Member of Congress, Congressman Denny Heck has been selected by his colleagues to serve on the House Financial Services Committee. The Committee is one of only four “exclusive” committees in the House—the other three being Appropriations, Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce. The House Financial Services Committee

May 29, 2012

This Week in Congress

The Senate is in recess through this week. The House returns from recess on Wednesday. The House Rules Committee is expected to clear the way for floor consideration of three appropriations bills to be taken up over the next couple of weeks: MilCon/VA, Energy and Water, and Homeland Security. These may very well be the

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