Federal Relations

June 16, 2015

OMB Signals Concerns on House FY16 Interior Bill

Due to be marked up today, the White House signaled concerns to House Appropriators about their $30.2 billion FY16 Interior-Environment spending bill. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  Director Shaun Donovan criticized the measure for the proposed cuts to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as riders to block implementation of various air and water rules. The…

June 15, 2015

FY16 Appropriations Heats Up

Happy Monday morning from a hot and steamy DC, where the temperature and humidity are expected to rise into the uncomfortable range this week. Thank goodness for air conditioning! Also this week, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down one or more decisions today at 10am ET, the first of two batches this week….

June 12, 2015

House Appropriations Committee to Consider Interior and Labor-H

The House keeps up the pace with considering the annual 12 appropriations bills. Today the House Appropriations committee put out a notice that they would consider two bills next week. The whole House Appropriations Committee will consider the FY2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill on Tuesday, June 16 at 10:15 am. The House Labor, Health…

June 11, 2015

House Judiciary Approves HR 9 Innovation Act

The House Judiciary Committee yesterday voted 24-8 to pass the Innovation Act (HR 9), a highly problematic patent bill that numbers  higher education associations, including AAU, APLU, COGR, AUTM, AAMC and ACE, are on record as opposing. The group of six higher education associations have been working together on patent reform proposals currently in the house and Senate….

House Passes FY16 Defense Appropriations Bill

Today, the House  approved the $578.6 billion FY15 Defense appropriations bill despite Democratic objections, both from the House and White House, to using the war accounts, known as the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, to bridge the gap between stringent BCA budget caps and the Pentagon’s spending request. The measure totals $800 million above the Administration’s request, thanks to…

Senate Moves to Attach Cyber Legislation to NDAA

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed for cloture on a cybersecurity amendment, a move that would fold the threat-sharing information legislation into the annual defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) received consent to modify an already pending amendment related to background checks for military…

Senate Appropriations Clears Defense, CJS and Leg Branch

The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved three bills now ready for consideration by the whole Senate. The FY16 Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), and Legislative Affairs appropriations bills were all approved today. The the FY2016 Defense appropriations bill was approved on a bipartisan 27-3 vote. The bill recommends $489.1 billion in base funding and $86.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding,…

What We’re Reading This Week, June 8-12

Here’s a selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations is enjoying reading this week. It’s been a busy week and there’s lots of good stuff to read! America’s Pastime, Politicized – One thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on is how much they want to win the Congressional Baseball Game. Read about THE partisan social…

June 10, 2015

White House Issues Veto Threat on House FY16 Defense Approps Bill

The White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) recommending a veto of the House’s FY16 Defense appropriations bill today. The House is considering the FY16 Defense appropriations on the Floor currently. This is not the first veto threat for a House appropriations bill this year. The SAP cites the inappropriate use of the Overseas Contingency…

Senate Approps Subcommittee Passes CJS

The Senate Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee passed the Senate’s FY16 CJS appropriations bill this morning. The $51.1  billion draft advanced by unanimous consent and would provide $7.3 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $5.4 billion for National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), $18.3 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and…

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