February 6, 2014

White House Budget to be Released in Two Installments

The White House has previously announced that they will submit their FY2015 budget proposal on March 4th, nearly a month later than required. Now we are hearing that they will release the budget request in two installments. The first on March 4th as previously announced, which will include top line numbers. The second and more… Read More


February 5, 2014

Secretary Jewell Visits UW’s College of the Environment

UW President Michael Young, Secretary Sally Jewell, Dean Lisa Graumlich   Yesterday, UW’s College of the Environment was horned to host Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for a roundtable discussion on Climate Change and Ocean Acidification.  The discussion included individuals from USGS, National Parks Service, and the UW’s College of the Environment.  


Pell Grant Shortfall Delayed to FY2017

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024. The deficit is expected to fall this year as the economy gains steam, but CBO also anticipates that increasing health care costs and higher payments on the national debt mean that those gains will not last. The deficit estimate sets… Read More


February 4, 2014

Farm Bill Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the Senate passed the Farm Bill, now titled H.R. 2642 – the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a vote of 68-32. Congress has not approved a new Farm Bill since 2008. The House passed the joint House-Senate conference committee report last week. The final 1,000-page bill reauthorizes hundreds of programs for agriculture, dairy production, conservation, nutrition and… Read More


February 3, 2014

In-State Tuition for Veterans Bill Passes House

Tonight, the House has considered and passed that would require in-state tuition for certain veterans (Section 4 of HR.357, the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act as amended). The bill was brought up under an expedited process referred to as “Suspension of the Rules.” Bills brought up in this manner are generally bipartisan, non-controversial measures that are… Read More


DOE Funding Opportunity: Technologies to Produce Renewable Carbon Fiber from Biomass

The Energy Department today announced up to $12 million in funding to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable non-food-based feedstocks such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber derived from biomass may be less costly to manufacture and offer greater environmental benefits than traditional carbon fiber produced from natural… Read More


This Week in Congress

This week Congress has returned from a brief recess. Monday the Senate will consider the conference report on the five-year farm bill (HR 2642) at 2 PM. After a nearly four-year stalemate on this issue, The National Journal reports it “looks ready to sail through the Senate this week and be signed by President Obama.”… Read More


January 29, 2014

Senate HELP Committee Approves Cordova for NSF

The Senate HELP Committee met in an Executive Session today and approved several Presidential nominations including Dr. Frances Cordova to be the Director of NSF. The HELP Committee approved Dr. Cordova’s nomination last year (December 18, 2013).  With a new year, the Committee must approve her nomination once again.  From here, Dr. Cordova’s nomination will… Read More


January 28, 2014

SOTU Tonight

Tonight President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. He is expected to talk about a package of largely recycled proposals that would, among other things, raise the minimum wage, overhaul immigration laws, and authorize new infrastructure spending. He’ll also use the State… Read More


Farm Bill Conference Report Announced

After two years of negotiating, Farm bill conferees announced a sweeping, bipartisan five-year farm bill late Monday. The measure costs an estimated $1.1 trillion and is filled with trade-offs and an estimated savings of nearly $23 billion. The bulk of savings comes from cutting $19 billion from farm programs, including an end to direct payments… Read More