Federal Relations

March 16, 2018

What We’re Reading, March 12-16

Here’s a selection of articles we read this week. Hot Times in the Arctic – OPINION: “Preparing for future shifts in weather extremes also requires a better understanding of how climate is changing. This will require long-term government investment in surface-based and satellite observations, and in the continued development of new computer models for improved predictions.”…

March 5, 2018

Senate Appropriations Chairman to Resign April 1

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced earlier this afternoon that he plans to resign from the Senate April 1.  First elected to the Senate in 1978, he has been battling health issues for a number of months. Read more about the announcement here and here.

February 23, 2018

What We’re Reading, February 19-23

Here is a selection of articles we’re reading this week. On the Ballot: Scientists! – At the federal level, at least 60 science candidates are bidding for seats in Congress, according to 314 Action, a D.C.- based nonprofit advocacy group formed 2 years ago to encourage scientists to engage in politics. The candidates—mostly firsttimers running for…

February 21, 2018

University of Washington 2018 Federal Agenda


The University of Washington’s 2018 Federal Agenda is available for you to view. Thank you to everyone on campus who participated in the federal agenda development process in the fall. We look forward to seeing many of you in DC this spring! Click through below to view a pdf version. UW 2018 Federal Agenda

February 16, 2018

What We’re Reading, February 12-16

Here is a selection of articles we’ve read this week. FY2019 PBR: On Feb. 12, the Trump administration released its 2019 budget proposal for changes to make to the federal government’s spending. Many of the cuts in the plan are unlikely to become reality: Congress just increased spending limits last week, and it rarely dares to change entitlement…

February 15, 2018

Immigration Stalled Again

The Senate on Thursday effectively failed to move forward with any of four immigration proposals put forward today. This included a Republican proposal backed by President Donald Trump that would grant 1.8 million “Dreamers” a path to citizenship and provide $25 billion for a border wall and security improvements. The action came on a 39-60 vote…

February 14, 2018

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Testifies in Congress

Today Dr. Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and UW Professor of Computer Science, was invited by the subcommittee chair to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology in the first of two committee meetings slated to discuss the future of artificial intelligence. Dr. Etzioni was…

February 13, 2018

HHS Budget FY2019

The President’s Budget request for HHS proposes $95.4 billion in discretionary budget authority and $1,120 billion in mandatory funding while proposing to shift many mandatory programs to discretionary, including GME.  The budget would also consolidate all GME funding into one program while maintaining the site caps. Additionally, the budget proposes to cut or eliminate all…

February 12, 2018

More Information About FY2019 Budget Request

Department of Defense The Pentagon’s FY2019 budget request includes $445.9 million for the basic research (6.1) programs funded by the Army, a cut of about $41 million compared to the FY2017 level.  At the same time, the budget request asks for $919.6 million for Army applied research (6.2) programs, a decrease of about $300 million…

This Week in Congress, February 12-16

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place next week. U.S. House of Representatives HOUSE BUDGET Full Committee Hearing FY2019 Budget Feb. 14, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth Bldg. HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE Subcommittee Hearing Health Care Consolidation Feb. 14, 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg. HOUSE OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM Subcommittee Hearing Artificial Intelligence (Part…

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