Federal Relations

May 23, 2018

2 Spending Bills Clear Senate Subcommittees

The Senate appropriations subcommittees responsible for Energy and Water and Agriculture spending bills cleared their respective bills yesterday.  While most of the details are not yet available, the Energy and Water bill reported out yesterday would fund the Department of Energy Office of Science would be funded at $6.65 billion, an increase of $390 million…

May 22, 2018

Senate Starts to Move on FY2019 Appropriations

The Senate is scheduled to officially start moving on its FY2019 appropriations bills today, with both the Agriculture and Energy and Water bills slated for markups by the respective subcommittees today.  The full Appropriations Committee is expected to take up the bills on Thursday.  Office of Federal Relations will provide relevant details about the bills when…

May 21, 2018

Interior Appropriations Bill to Move Next

The next item on the agenda for the House Appropriations Committee is its FY2019 Interior spending bill, with the committee scheduled to take it up tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22. Among the agencies that the bill funds is the U.S Geological Survey (USGS), which in turn supports a number of programs of interest to the University…

This Week in Congress, May 21-25

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place on the hill this week. U.S. House of Representatives HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS Full Committee Markup Interior and Environment Appropriations May 22, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn Bldg. HOUSE EDUCATION & THE WORKFORCE Full Committee Hearing Education Department Policies/Priorities May 22, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg. HOUSE RULES Full…

May 17, 2018

CJS Appropriations Bill Clears House Committee

The House Appropriations Committee approved this afternoon by a vote of 32 to 19 the FY2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill.  As noted previously, the bill funds a number of agencies of interest to the university, including, but not limited to, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and NOAA.  During the committee markup, an amendment was offered, and…

May 16, 2018

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Begin to Move

With the FY2019 set to start October 1, the appropriations bills for the year have begun to move through Congress, with the House Appropriations Committee taking up a number of bills the past several days. The subcommittee that oversees the Commerce-Justice-Science bill, which funds various agencies and programs of interest to the university– such as…

House Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2019 Energy & Water

The House Appropriations Committee approved its $44.7 billion FY 2019 Energy &Water spending bill, 29-20, after Republican lawmakers beat back efforts by Democrats to eliminate policy riders. Generally, bill would provide $6.6 billion for the DOE Office of Science, a 5% increase above FY 2018. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) would receive $325 million, an 8% cut below FY…

May 14, 2018

Senate Appropriations Sets Ambitious Schedule

U.S. Capitol - March 28, 2016 (AOC)

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released a calendar that puts the spending panel on track to finish all the fiscal 2019 bills by June 29. Both Shelby and Leahy  are aiming to bring each bill to the floor — for the first time in years — by promising…

May 8, 2018

White House Releases “Rescission” Package

As expected, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its package of proposed rescissions earlier today.  The list of programs targeted for cuts is available  here.  The package includes 38 items, totaling approximately $15 billion in cuts. The biggest portion of the package, roughly $7 billion, would come from the Children Health Insurance…

May 7, 2018

ED to cancel student debt collections contracts

The Administration has announced plans to end student loan debt collections contracts with Windham Professionals and Performant Financial Corp. The Education Department said it plans to develop a different approach to collecting defaulted student federal loans in its dismissal of the debt collections agencies. The Washington Post has more information.

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