July 26, 2010

COMPETES Act Heading for the Senate Floor

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has approved — with bi-partisan support — its portion of the America COMPETES Act (S. 3605). The bill provides for three-year authorizations for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). An authorization for the Department of Energy Office of Science is… Read More


July 23, 2010

White House Releases S&T Priorities for FY12

On July 21st, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), issued a joint memorandum directing the heads of agencies and departments in their FY2012 budget submissions to reallocate resources from low priority areas to science and technology (S&T) efforts that would address six specific challenges…. Read More


DREAM Act May be Pushed Before November

With it being an election year, many lawmakers have been avoiding the politically charged topic of comprehensive immigration reform, making it unlikely that it will advance before the end of the year. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) may attempt to push through the DREAM Act as a stand-alone piece of legislation before the… Read More


July 21, 2010

Domestic Spending to be Removed From Emergency Supplemental

House leaders appear poised to acquiesce to the reality that the Senate lacks the votes to include funding for domestic priorities, such as saving K-12 teacher jobs and filling the Pell Grant shortfall, in the fiscal year 2010 emergency supplemental spending bill that is being considered on Capitol Hill. The supplemental spending bill is primarily intended… Read More


July 16, 2010

UW Economic Impacts Report Available

The recently released UW Economic Impacts Report can be accessed through this post and as a permanent resource on the left bar of this website. The report details the economic, employment and government revenue impact of operations and research of all of the UW’s campuses and affiliates. The report was prepared by Trpp Umbach, a nationally… Read More


July 12, 2010

Congress Returns to a Packed Three Week Agenda

This week, Congress returns from its week-long July 4th state/district work period (recess) with a long list of things to do before it breaks again for 5 weeks at the end of the month. Foremost on the to-do list is passage of the FY10 supplemental spending bill that contains funding for military operations in Afghanistan and… Read More


July 1, 2010

New Addition to the Office of Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Relations has added a new member to the team.  Brianna Fields is my new Assistant, replacing Maggie Mount who left our office in early June. Bri will take over our office administrative duties, as well as provide support for the UW’s overall legislative program.  Among other things, she will be responsible… Read More


June 30, 2010

FY10 Supplemental Bill

House Democrats intend to bring a scaled back version of the FY10 supplemental spending bill to the floor by the end of this week, with aid to school districts to prevent teacher layoffs reduced from $23 billion to $10 billion.  The teacher funding is intended to help prevent layoffs for 140,000 school employees next year. … Read More