Federal Relations

June 11, 2015

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…


June 9, 2015

This Week in Congress, June 8-12

It’s a big week for CJS and Defense Appropriations in the Senate. Both will be marked up in subcommittee and by the full Senate Appropriations Committee this week. Here’s the full list of committee’s we’re paying attention to this week. TUESDAY, JUNE 9 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 10:30 a.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee…


June 8, 2015

House Approps to Mark Up FY16 Interior Bill

The House is expected to mark up the FY16 Interior Appropriations bill this Wednesday. This bill provides funding to the National Endowment of the Humanities and forestry programs among other items.


Defense Money Starts Moving

The Senate Defense Approps Subcommittee will mark up its spending bill tomorrow, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take it up the measure on Thursday. Simultaneously, the Senate will start the week with debate on dozens of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which will be on the floor all week — the Senate is…


June 5, 2015

Senate Judiciary Approves PATENT Act, House Begins to Move on Innovation Act

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the PATENT Act by a vote of 16 to 4, with only Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), David Vitter (R-LA), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) voting against it. During consideration of the bill, the Committee approved an amendment offered by John Cornyn (R-TX) that alters the definition of micro-entity status…


June 4, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, June 1-5

Here’s a selection of article the UW Federal Relations team is reading this week.   Not So Easy – Six months in to his tenure as Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell has increasingly had challenges maintaining the Senate agenda with three Senators running for President. Governing is hard. Read more at The Hill. Running Point…


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