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April 27, 2015

This Week in Congress, April 27 – May 1

It’s another busy week on Capitol Hill. Here are some of the hearings we’re paying attention to this week. TUESDAY, APRIL 28 Senate HELP MEDICAL INNOVATION FOR PATIENTS 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 9 a.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Appropriations…


April 24, 2015

What We’re Reading, April 20-24

Here’s a selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. Murray-Ryan 2.0? – Republicans are also feeling the chafe from the Sequester spending caps. That’s the problem with a deal no one wanted in the first place. Read more at Politico.  Serious Flaws – The piece looks at the 10 serious…


House Passes Two Cyber Security Bills

It was cybersecurity week for the House as it considered and passed two measures dealing with cybersecurity and information sharing to better address cyber threats. Lawmakers, government officials and most industry groups have strongly backed this idea of needing to share information safely, and all made cyber info-sharing a top 2015 legislative priority. The House today wrapped up the work week…


April 23, 2015

DOD Announces Silicon Valley Outpost for Cyber

In a speech at Stanford today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a new initiative designed to improve Department of Defense  (DOD) innovation through the creation of a permanent Pentagon presence in Silicon Valley, a move already taken by the Department of Homeland Security.  The Department plans to create the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Northern California to serve…


April 22, 2015

House Science Marks Up COMPETES Reauthorization

Today, the full House Science Committee marked up HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization bill, which the House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced late last week. Thirty four amendments were offered for consideration over the five hour mark up, and these amendments largely fell along party lines. Several controversial amendments passed, while amendements to…


House Appropriations Committee Approves FY16 Discretionary Spending Levels

The House Appropriations Committee adopted Fiscal Year 2016 subcommittee discretionary allocations, also known as 302(b)s, by voice vote following two markups Wednesday. The 302(b)s are the levels of federal discretionary spending per measure and the adoption will allow the committees to move forward with their work in crafting the 12 annual appropriations measures. In addition,…


April 20, 2015

This Week in Congress, April 20-24

Here are the committee hearings we’re monitoring this week. MONDAY, APRIL 20 Conferences Committee Meetings FISCAL 2016 BUDGET 3 p.m. April 20, 106 Dirksen Bldg. Senate-House Budget Conference meeting to consider the Senate- and House-passed fiscal 2016 budget bills.   TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation TELEHEALTH EXPANSION 10 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg….


April 16, 2015

ESEA Moves through Senate HELP Committee

In a rare example of legislating and bipartisanship, the HELP Committee unanimously passed its rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education reauthorization bill this afternoon.  The bill, called Every Child Succeeds, includes historically toxic education topics like testing and school performance ratings. The bill has been so toxic that the last three Congresses have tried and failed…


House Releases COMPETES

The House Science Committee Republicans released their version of the America COMPETES reauthorization legislation. The COMPETES bill reauthorizes major science programs including then entirety of the National Science Foundation, the science programs within the Department of Energy, and NIST. The bill is here. In addition, the legislation will mark up the Full Committee next week on April…


What We’re Reading, April 13-17

After taking the two week recess with Congress, here’s a selection or articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. For the Win – A look as to why it’s likely (right now) that Hillary will win the presidency (or at least a Democrat will). Read it at New York Mag. Fake –  An article…


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