Federal Relations

November 1, 2016

Obama Announces Intent to Appoint New Board Members to the NSB

The White House announced that President Barack Obama intends to appoint W. Kent Fuchs, Victor R. McCrary, Emilio F. Moran, and Julia M. Phillips to the National Science Board (NSB). Victor R. McCrary is Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University. Dr. McCrary was the Business Area Executive for Science & Technology…


October 31, 2016

Federal Agenda Submissions Due Nov. 21

Each fall, the Office of Federal Relations develops recommendations for the University’s next federal fiscal year agenda, which is approved by the Provost and President. The Federal Agenda serves as the roadmap and foundation for the University’s communications with Congress and the federal establishment. The the entire campus community is invited to participate in this…


October 28, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 24-28

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. October Surprise -Clinton’s FBI investigation is being reopened. Read more in The Hill.  Double Down –  Professor Allan Lichtman has correctly predicted three decades of presidential candidates. He says Trump is going to win. Read more in the Washington Post.  Challenges – It is…


October 21, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 17-21

The End of Political Correctness on Campus – Trump says he’ll end it, but can he? More from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Debate: Five Takeaways – The tilt in Las Vegas had a little something for everyone: sharp personal attacks, substantive policy discussion and Trump’s unmatched ability to provoke controversy. More from The Hill. …


October 7, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 3 – 7

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Vast Benefits of Destruction – Donald Trump has not paid taxes for the last 19 years. In 1996, he declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial, it has allowed him to legally avoid paying any…


October 3, 2016

Welcome Back SCOTUS!

With the first Monday in October, we welcome back the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). By law, the first Monday in October is when the court commences its term, which will run until October of the following year, but in practice the term ends between June or July.  As the term commences, we learn which cases…


September 29, 2016

Obama Signs CR, Everyone Now Focuses on Campaigning

Today, President Obama signed the much debated and negotiated continuing resolution into law. The CR will fund the government until December 9th and will fully fund the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs programs. It further includes $1.1 billion in Zika response funding, $500 million for flood relief in Louisiana and other states. The CR was…


September 28, 2016

Late Votes, Last Minute Save

With almost two days to spare, the House passed a 10-week stopgap spending bill, passed by the Senate earlier today, that would prevent a government shutdown at the end of this week. The measure passed the House by a vote of 342-85. As previously mentioned, the measure generally provides continued funding for federal government operations through December 9 at…


White House Announces Support for CR

Following the Senate’s passage of the CR, the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) in support of the CR. While the SAP does express concerns and desires for what is or should have been included, the White House does express support for the overall legislation. Read the SAP here. 


Senate Passes 10-Week Continuing Resolution

Today the Senate passed a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 9. In addition, the CR also provides $500 million for flood relief in Louisiana and surrounding areas, year-long appropriations for military construction and veterans programs, and $1.1 billion for efforts to mediate the spread of the Zika virus. The…


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