Federal Relations

November 22, 2013

Budget Negotiations on Hold for Thanksgiving

Congress is on break starting today through the Thanksgiving holiday. The House returns to work December 2nd for two weeks and the Senate returns the following week of December 9th. Unfortunately, budget negotiations did not result in top-line numbers for FY2014 spending before lawmakers left town, leaving appropriators very little time to draft an omnibus…


November 21, 2013

Senate Democrats Trigger ‘Nuclear Option’ – Eliminating Most Filibusters on Nominees

In a move that is sure to increase partisan tension, Senate Democrats made a historic move today and eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations – severely limiting political leverage for the Republican party. The change applies to all executive and judicial branch nominations with the exception of the Supreme Court and means that confirmation is…


November 20, 2013

Budget Negotiators Continue to Talk

Just when all seems lost, it appears that there may yet be hope that Budget negotiators could reach a deal to replace a portion of sequestration. Any potential deal would be small in comparison to the $17.1 trillion national debt, potentially with proposals to replace one year of sequestration cuts — worth $110 billion —…


November 18, 2013

Budget Deadline Closing In

Both the House and Senate will be busy this week as they attempt to wrap up a number of issues before they take a two-week break for Thanksgiving. The Senate will try to finish work on the annual Defense Authorization bill that the House completed back in June. This could be one of the few…


November 15, 2013

Obama Nominates Two from Academia

The White House nominated two university professors to lead the Energy Department’s science operations. Franklin Orr, a Stanford University professor of petroleum engineering, has been nominated to be DOE’s undersecretary for science and energy, a recently redesigned position. Orr also directs Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. The new undersecretary job includes all five energy offices,…


November 12, 2013

This Week in Congress

Below is an overview of relevant House and Senate committee hearings and markups on the schedule this week. WEDNESDAY, November 13th House Education and the Workforce Federal Student Aid 10am, 2175 Rayburn Full Committee Hearing Joint Economic Fiscal 2014 Budget 10am, 1100 Longworth Conference Committee Meeting THURSDAY, November 14th Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions…


October 31, 2013

COMPETES Funding

AAAS has created a new graph showing America COMPETES funding as intended, as actually funded, and the Democrat’s proposal. A larger version of the chart can be found here.


Senate Commerce Committee announces COMPETES Hearing

Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced a hearing on America COMPETES today. The hearing will be November 6th at 2:30 pm EST. Those interested can watch the hearing live.


October 30, 2013

America COMPETES Reauthorizations Revealed

The House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson have released dueling draft bills to reauthorize America COMPETES. The House will begin to work through their differences on these pieces of legislation in the coming months. Here is the House Democrat’s reauthorization discussion draft bill. The Committee Republicans have decided to…


Budget Conference Committee Meets Today

Formal budget negotiations begin today with Democrats pushing for a multibillion-dollar job creation package aimed at speeding up economic growth. That will be in contrast with Republicans who want to maintain spending cuts under sequestration that will keep government operations running at reduced levels through the rest of FY2014. One thing that leaders in both…


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