Federal Relations

May 10, 2013

Progress on Student Loan Interest Rate Bill

Although both chambers are in recess today, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes legislating and negotiating. House lawmakers plan to release a draft 2013 farm bill that’s expected to produce $38 billion in savings over a decade. Across the Capitol, Senate Democrats are looking for ways to advance President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency…


May 9, 2013

New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Funding Announced

As part of President Obama’s manufacturing agenda “National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI),” the Administration today announced that it is launching competitions to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies—Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. The Department of Defense will lead two…


Senate Begins Mark Up of Immigration Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning to mark up the immigration bill today in the opening act of what will likely be a long, contentious fight over amendments. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S 744) is the immigration reform proposal developed by the so-called “gang of eight.” Among other things, the…


May 7, 2013

This Week in Congress

Below are some upcoming congressional hearings scheduled that we will be keeping our eye on and may be of interest to the UW community. TUESDAY, May 7, 2013 Senate Appropriations 2014 APPROPRIATIONS: INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENT 10:30 a.m. May 7, 124 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee (Chairman Reed, D-R.I.) of Senate…


May 6, 2013

Congress to Focus on Budget Issues

After a weeklong break, both the House and Senate are back in session this week. They have a three-week work period before the next break at Memorial Day. During this time, the House is expected to make some progress on their FY14 spending bills. Appropriations Even though there has been no final resolution over the…


April 29, 2013

HRSA Announces Funding to Help Veterans Pursue Nursing

Accredited nursing schools and health care facilities can apply through June 7 for up to $350,000 a year in funding to increase veterans’ enrollment in baccalaureate nursing programs, and explore ways to award academic credit for prior military health care experience or training, the Health Resources and Services administration announced today. The agency expects to…


April 22, 2013

This Week in Congress

Congress is continuing to move forward with the appropriations process this week before adjourning on a week long recess next week. Below are some upcoming congressional hearings scheduled that we will be keeping our eye on and may be of interest to the UW community. Tuesday, April 23 Senate Budget 2014 Budget: Veterans’ Programs 10:30…


April 17, 2013

Consolidated STEM Programs in the President’s Budget

The President’s FY2014 Budget, released on April 10th, proposed moving STEM funding from across the federal government to NSF as well as reorganizing and eliminating certain STEM programs. Dr. John Holdren, the Director of the Office of Science and Tech Policy (OSTP), testified to the House Science and Technology Committee today about the impacts on…


April 16, 2013

Senate Releases Immigration Reform Bill

Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to make the most substantive changes to immigration laws in nearly three decades. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” would affect visas for high-tech workers, create a new “W-visa” program to attract low-skilled workers, and require businesses to implement new electronic-verification…


April 15, 2013

This Week in Congress

The Senate resumes its gun control debate this week, beginning today with the most substantive and contentious issue: a bipartisan proposal to require background checks of gun purchasers in commercial and Internet sales. It’s the start of deliberations that could keep that chamber busy until the Memorial Day recess. We also expect to see an…


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