May 25, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, May 24-28

FLOOR ACTION The Senate continues consideration of the fiscal 2010 supplemental appropriations bill (HR 4899).  On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider several measures under suspension of the rules. Later in the week, the House could also consider a motion to concur in the Senate amendment with a House amendment to a bill (HR… Read More


May 21, 2010

NIH Changes to Conflict of Interest Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published in the Federal Register on Friday, May 21, 2010 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) outlining new Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors – NIH’s Financial Conflict of Interest policy (75FR 28688).   The text… Read More


NOAA Funds Likely in Supplemental Spending Bill

NOAA has been responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident and providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services. We are also waiting for action on the FY10 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4899), which the Senate is set to consider starting Monday.   On May 12, the Administration requested $20 M from Congress for supplemental… Read More


May 20, 2010

Reauthorization of the COMPETES Act Stumbles (Again)

The House of Representatives has run into difficulty in pasing the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. After failing to advance to a final vote last week, because of passage of a motion to send the legislation back to committee for additional consideration, on Wednesday May 19th the House failed to pass a revamped version… Read More


May 17, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, May 17-21

FLOOR ACTION The House will reconvene on Tuesday to bote on a number of minor bills and resolutions.  They are also expected to consider HR 4213, the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act of 2010, a bill to extend expired tax provisions and a bill that would reauthorize science and technology programs that was… Read More


May 13, 2010

Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill Unveiled

Yesterday, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) released their newly revised and long awaited energy and climate bill. Some of the key provisions of the legislation released today: Sets a “price collar” on carbon emissions, including predictable floor and a ceiling price. Industrial sources of carbon emissions are not regulated until 2016, after… Read More


May 10, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, May 10-14

SENATE FLOOR The chamber will continue to consider a bill to overhaul financial regulations (S 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010).  The debate is expected to last all week, with votes beginning on Tuesday. HOUSE FLOOR The House returns on Tuesday to vote on some minor resolutions.  Later in the week, the House… Read More


May 6, 2010

Seen in DC

Rita Sodt, a student at the University of Washington, won a national competition sponsored annually by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Her winning project was “Fighting Cancer with Math: A Patient-Specific Computational Model of Brain Tumor Growth.” She displayed her poster along with other winners from across the country, at a reception in the Rayburn… Read More


NIH Addresses Funding “Cliff”

Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health director told Senate appropriators that the agency’s funding will face a “cliff” in FY11 when a two-year allocation of $10.4 billion in stimulus money for research runs out.  NIH Director Francis Collins also told committee members that during the past 30 years NIH grant applicants had a 25 percent… Read More


Update: Retirement, Budget, and Disaster Relief

The retirement of House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) will mark a change in the Democratic leadership of one of Congress’ most powerful committees.  Our own Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA) appears to be the lead candidate to replace Obey as the top Democrat on Appropriations in the next Congress.  Currently the second-ranking Democrat on the… Read More