Federal Relations

March 20, 2018

House to Vote Thursday on Omnibus

While the Congress has yet to introduce the long-negotiated FY2018 Omnibus appropriations bill, the House is now planning on introducing the bill late today. This sets the measure up for passage by the House on Thursday, and the Senate would move for passage Friday. Stay tuned.


Omnibus Bill Still Yet to be Unveiled

While there were hopes earlier in the day yesterday that the text of the omnibus spending for the rest of FY2018 would get released last night, ultimately, the contents of the bill were not shared yesterday.  As noted yesterday, the hurdles in the discussions have been a number of policy riders. Office of Federal Relations…


March 19, 2018

This Week in Congress, March 19-23

Here is a selection of congressional committee meetings taking place this week. U.S. House of Representatives HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS Subcommittee Hearing Education Budget March 20, 10 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg. HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE Subcommittee Hearing DEA Combating the Opioid Epidemic March 20, 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg. HOUSE TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE Subcommittee Hearing 2017 Wildfire…


CR Set to Expire Friday Night/Saturday Morning

The short-term measure that is currently funding the majority of the government functions is set to expire Friday night/Saturday morning, when Congress is scheduled to begin a two-week spring recess. Congress is currently working on a massive omnibus spending package that would fund the government through the rest of FY2018.  To provide additional budget room for…


March 16, 2018

What We’re Reading, March 12-16

Here’s a selection of articles we read this week. Hot Times in the Arctic – OPINION: “Preparing for future shifts in weather extremes also requires a better understanding of how climate is changing. This will require long-term government investment in surface-based and satellite observations, and in the continued development of new computer models for improved predictions.”…


March 5, 2018

Senate Appropriations Chairman to Resign April 1

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced earlier this afternoon that he plans to resign from the Senate April 1.  First elected to the Senate in 1978, he has been battling health issues for a number of months. Read more about the announcement here and here.


February 23, 2018

What We’re Reading, February 19-23

Here is a selection of articles we’re reading this week. On the Ballot: Scientists! – At the federal level, at least 60 science candidates are bidding for seats in Congress, according to 314 Action, a D.C.- based nonprofit advocacy group formed 2 years ago to encourage scientists to engage in politics. The candidates—mostly firsttimers running for…


February 21, 2018

University of Washington 2018 Federal Agenda

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The University of Washington’s 2018 Federal Agenda is available for you to view. Thank you to everyone on campus who participated in the federal agenda development process in the fall. We look forward to seeing many of you in DC this spring! Click through below to view a pdf version. UW 2018 Federal Agenda


February 16, 2018

What We’re Reading, February 12-16

Here is a selection of articles we’ve read this week. FY2019 PBR: On Feb. 12, the Trump administration released its 2019 budget proposal for changes to make to the federal government’s spending. Many of the cuts in the plan are unlikely to become reality: Congress just increased spending limits last week, and it rarely dares to change entitlement…


February 15, 2018

Immigration Stalled Again

The Senate on Thursday effectively failed to move forward with any of four immigration proposals put forward today. This included a Republican proposal backed by President Donald Trump that would grant 1.8 million “Dreamers” a path to citizenship and provide $25 billion for a border wall and security improvements. The action came on a 39-60 vote…


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