Federal Relations

May 16, 2013

Chairman of the House Science Committee vs. NSF — the fight escalates

In what appears to be an ever escalating battle, the National Science Foundation (NSF) today officially refused to comply with a request to supply reviewer comments to five grants questioned by House Science, Space and Technology Chairman, Lamar Smith (R-TX). On April 25th, Chairman Smith sent a letter to the NSF, which asked for an…


House Committee Moves on Student Loan Fix

Today, the House Education and the Workforce Committee marked up and two measures on to improve college costs and data transparency. The committee modestly amended and approved HR 1911, the Smarter Solutions for Students Act by a vote of 24-13, which ran largely along party lines. The amended HR 1911 would peg interest rates on all…


May 13, 2013

Charting the student loan interest rate proposals

As the Office of Federal Relations continues to track the proposals and progress made on legislation affecting the student loan interest rate, below is a chart highlighting the proposals to date and major proposals. Options continue to multiply as the July 1 deadline raising the 3.4 percent interest rate to 6.4 percent is quickly approaching….


This Week in Congress

TUESDAY, MAY 13th Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: HOMELAND SECURITY 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing WEDNESDAY, MAY 14th Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 10 a.m., SVC-117 Capitol Visitor Center Subcommittee Hearing 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: ENERGY AND WATER 2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee…


Farm Bill goes to mark up

Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are working on the Farm Bill this week. The respective farm bills scheduled to be marked up in Senate Agriculture on Tuesday and House Agriculture on Wednesday. The draft House plan released on Friday would save a projected $39.7 billion over a decade through reductions to nutrition programs, farm…


Appropriations, Sequestration, and Immigration

The Senate is in session today at 2:00pm but there will be no votes today. The House will be back in session at noon Tuesday. Appropriations: The House GOP plans to begin drafting their FY2014 spending bills to adhere to the roughly $967 billion spending cap set by recent budget law, which also reflects the…


May 10, 2013

Progress on Student Loan Interest Rate Bill

Although both chambers are in recess today, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes legislating and negotiating. House lawmakers plan to release a draft 2013 farm bill that’s expected to produce $38 billion in savings over a decade. Across the Capitol, Senate Democrats are looking for ways to advance President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency…


May 9, 2013

New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Funding Announced

As part of President Obama’s manufacturing agenda “National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI),” the Administration today announced that it is launching competitions to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies—Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. The Department of Defense will lead two…


Senate Begins Mark Up of Immigration Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning to mark up the immigration bill today in the opening act of what will likely be a long, contentious fight over amendments. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S 744) is the immigration reform proposal developed by the so-called “gang of eight.” Among other things, the…


May 7, 2013

This Week in Congress

Below are some upcoming congressional hearings scheduled that we will be keeping our eye on and may be of interest to the UW community. TUESDAY, May 7, 2013 Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENT 10:30 a.m. May 7, 124 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee (Chairman Reed, D-R.I.) of Senate…


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