Federal Relations

June 14, 2017

Keep Calm with Appropriations and Carry On

Despite having no budget resolution and discretionary spending levels, the House and Senate Appropriations committees have decided to move forward with crafting draft bills. Lawmakers of both parties and in both chambers have predicted the need for another stopgap measure to extend current funding levels when FY 2018 begins on October 1, 2017. Without any budget…

House Votes Cancelled

Early this morning, Republican Members of Congress were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball game on a practice field in Del Ray, VA — a suburb of Washington, DC. Members, staff, and Capitol Police were injured. The story is evolving.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the those injured and the Capitol Hill family. Read…

June 12, 2017

Ninth Circuit Rules Against Revised Travel Ban

In a decision issued today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump Administration in its appeal of a decision issued by a federal judge in Hawaii earlier this year that blocked the revised travel ban. The Fourth Circuit also ruled against the Administration on the ban. The initial travel ban was also blocked…

This week in Congress, June 12-16

Here is a selection of committee activities taking place on the Hill this week. TUESDAY, JUNE 13 Senate Appropriations TRANSPORTATION BUDGET June 13, 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Budget BUDGET REQUEST AND REVENUE PROPOSALS June 13, 10 a.m., 608 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing House Rules REDUCING HEALTHCARE LIABILITY BURDEN June 13,…

June 9, 2017

National Academies Report Highlights Importance of SBE

The National Academies earlier today released a report that highlights the contributions that social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences make to the mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Among its other recommendations, the report calls on the NSF to conduct a systematic review of SBE define its priorities and the resources needed more clearly.

New Class of Astronauts Announced

On June 7, NASA announced its 2017 class of astronaut candidates. More than 18,300 individuals applied and a dozen were chosen by NASA. Read more here and here.

What We’re Reading, June 5- 9

Here is a selection of news articles the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. Well, That Didn’t Work Out the Way It Was Supposed To – After calling for a snap election that was intended to enhance their control of the British Parliament ahead of the “Brexit” negotiations, the Conservatives in Britain suffered quite a…

June 8, 2017

It’s Comey day in the Senate Intelligence Committee

All eyes are on the US Senate this morning as former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Russian collusion with the Trump Campaign. Comey’s written testimony can be viewed here, or you may watch the…

June 7, 2017

Trump Nominates Christopher Wray for FBI Director

This morning President Trump tweeted that he intends to nominate Christopher Wray to replace James Comey as FBI director. Wray served in the George W. Bush administration as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division. More recently and in the private sector, Wray represented New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the “bridgegate” scandal.

Collins to Stay On as NIH Director

Yesterday, the White House announced that Dr. Francis Collins will continue to serve as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Collins has led the NIH since 2009 and previously led the NIH Human Genome Research Institute. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders wrote a letter to the President asking him…

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