Federal Relations

June 21, 2018

Administration Releases Proposal to Reorganize Agencies

Earlier today, the Trump Administration released a plan that it had been developing to reorganize federal agencies. Called “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” the plan calls for a number of sweeping changes to a number of different federal agencies, including combining the Departments of Education and Labor into a single agency.  Among the other…


June 20, 2018

Administration Issues “SAP” on Senate Minibus

The Senate is currently working on its version of the first “minibus” spending package that was cleared earlier in the spring by the House, a measure that contains three of the 12 spending bills for FY2019:  Energy and Water Development; Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs.  In anticipation of its passage, the White House issued…


“Rescissions” Package on Hold

After the House cleared a $15-billion “rescissions” package two weeks ago, supporters of the measure in the Senate sought to bring it up in an expeditious manner earlier today. As a result of 50-48 vote on a procedural move against it, the package appears to be stalled. The package seeks to rescind funds from prior…


June 18, 2018

ED Delays Gainful Employment Regulations Again

In a notice posted  yesterday, the Education Department announcement that it will delay again by a year the implementation of “gainful employment” (GE) regulations.  Last July, the department decided to delay the implementation of the GE regulations until this July 1.  This notice pushes back the regulations until July 1, 2019. Read more about the background…


June 15, 2018

Details of Senate CJS, Interior Bills Available

Many more details contained in the Senate Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) and Interior Appropriations Bills are now available.  Both were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday. CJS Bill The detailed report accompanying the bill is available here. With respect to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Senate committee-passed bill would fund the agency as a whole at…


June 14, 2018

Congress Continues to March Through Appropriations

Both chambers of Congress continue their march through the FY2019 appropriations process. The Senate Appropriations Committee took up and cleared its Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Interior, and Legislative Branch bills earlier today, meaning that the committee has cleared seven of the 12 spending bills.  Some of the initial details about the CJS and Interior bills were posted yesterday….


June 13, 2018

Initial Details of Senate CJS, Interior Bills Available

As noted yesterday, two of the Senate appropriations subcommittees approved the FY2019 Commerce-Justice-Science and Interior spending bills. While the detailed reports accompanying the bills are not yet available, some from the measures are known. The CJS bill would fund some of the agencies in the following manner: $8.1 billion for NSF, $301 million above the…


June 12, 2018

Two More Spending Bills Cleared by Senate Subcommittees

Earlier today, two Senate subcommittees cleared for consideration by the full Appropriations Committee later this week two FY2019 spending bills of great interest to the University of Washington. The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved its bill, which funds, among other agencies and programs, the U.S. Geological Service, the EPA, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. …


June 11, 2018

This Week in Congress, June 11-15

Here are a few of the committee meetings taking place this week. U.S. House of Representatives HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS Full Committee Markup Defense/Financial Services Appropriations June 13, Noon, TBA U.S. Senate SENATE APPROPRIATIONS Subcommittee Markup Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations June 12, 2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR & PENSIONS Full Committee Hearing President Trump’s Drug…


June 8, 2018

House Passes First “Minibus”

After completing its debate earlier today, the House passed the first of its “minibus” packages containing three of the 12 FY2019 appropriations bills, the Energy and Water Development, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch bills.  The goal of the House leadership is to bundle different spending bills into “minibus” measures and move several bills at once rather…


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