Federal Relations

April 19, 2016

OSTP Internship

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Fall Policy Internship Program.  The application deadline is June 17, 2016.  Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be enrolled in, or have just graduated from, an academic program should feel free to apply. More information and application instructions are available…


April 18, 2016

Senate Moves Forward on Budget

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) filed a budget motion in the Senate today to establish discretionary spending topline numbers, known as 302(b)s for FY2017. The move allows appropriations work to begin in earnest as the Seante prepares to take up its Energy-Water measure (S 2804) this week. Enzi set the budget limits at $551 billion…


Busy Week for Appropriators

House and Senate Appropriations committees show no signs of slowing down as both committees announced their intended  schedules for the week. The Senate Appropriations Committee has announced subcommittee and full committee markup of FY 2017 Commerce, Science and Justice Appropriations bill, which funds federal research agencies including the National Science Foundation and NASA. Also hearings have been…


April 15, 2016

Appropriators Move Forward

Appropriators from both chambers of Congress advanced several of the annual spending bills needed to finance government agencies for the fiscal year that begins the first of October, but plenty of roadblocks could derail the process at any time. That includes the fact that Republican House leaders say they’re not giving up on getting a budget…


April 14, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, April 11-15

Happy Tax Week! Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations Team has been enjoying this week. Financial Literacy – Americans are woefully uniformed about their finances. This situation has prompted both federal and state efforts to increase financial education, but much of it hasn’t helped. What has helped? NPR takes a look.  Weakening Infrastructure…


April 13, 2016

Energy & Water Appropriations Measures Move Forward

Today, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved their respective FY 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bills. This morning, the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee passed by voice vote the FY2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The bill will now be referred to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration. The FY2017 Energy and…


April 12, 2016

Senate Approves FAA Reauthorization Amendments

Last night, the Senate approved a number of amendments to the FAA reauthorization measure, including amendments that would provide a five-year extension of the unmanned aircraft system test site program and impose criminal penalties for unsafe operations of unmanned aircraft. The Senate reconvenes this morning and will resume consideration of the FAA reauthorization after morning…


April 11, 2016

FY2017 Budget and Appropriations Status

Congressional leaders have not yet determined topline budget numbers for FY2017 even though Congress is supposed to pass a budget by April 15th under the Congressional Budget Act in order to begin the annual spending process. And it does not appear that House leadership has any plan ahead for passing a budget by Friday’s deadline….


April 8, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Announces Markups

Like the House, The Senate Appropriations Committee has announced will hold full committee markups of the Energy-Water and Military Construction-VA appropriations bills on Thursday, April 14. At that meeting, the committee will also disclose discretionary spending levels for individual subcommittees, known as 302(b)s.  The Senate has yet to pass its FY 2017 Budget, but Majority Leader…


House Appropriations Committee Announces Mark Ups

The House Appropriations Committee announced that they will be marking up three FY 2017 bills next week. The subcommittees for Agriculture and Energy & Water will consider their respective bills and the full committee will consider the FY 2017 Military Construction-VA bill. The committee had released a draft bill of the Military Construction-VA bill prior…


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