Federal Relations

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…


April 12, 2013

Jewell to be Sworn In Today

Incoming Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be sworn in Friday afternoon during a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will administer the oath of office. Jewell technically takes over as Interior Secretary immediately after this afternoon’s ceremony, but Monday will mark her first full day on the job. Jewell will…


April 11, 2013

Summary of President’s FY14 Budget Request

Yesterday, President Obama released his FY14 budget request — nearly two months later than required by law. Much of the delay was blamed on the sequester and the prolonged FY13 appropriations process that resulted in a year-long continuing resolution (CR). In a typical year, the President’s Budget Request (PBR) kicks off the annual appropriations season,…


April 10, 2013

Jewell Confirmed as Interior Secretary

The Senate has just voted to confirm Sally Jewell as the next Secretary for the US Department of the Interior. We congratulate Secretary Jewell and look forward to working with her in her new capacity.


FY14 Budget Release Today

President Obama will release his FY14 budget request today. Early reports indicate that the budget will focus on “education and infrastructure” issues, propose new taxes on the wealthy, and reduce the costs of Social Security and Medicare. We will report more details after the release.


April 8, 2013

Congress Back in Session

Congress reconvenes this week after a two-week recess. Congress will be looking at the President’s Budget Request, and also wrestling with the debt ceiling, which is expected to expire yet again, this time in mid May. Also on the agenda this week (and through the month of April):  immigration reform, gun control/safety, and FY14 appropriations….


March 29, 2013

Sequestration Threatens Research Careers

John Slattery, Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Washington, speaks about how federal funding cuts (sequestration) will constrain potential advances in patient care and dampen students’ pursuit of research careers. Watch the video here.


March 28, 2013

President’s Budget Now Due April 10th

The White House has just announced that President Obama will release his budget on April 10th, nearly two months later than the traditional February release date.  The President had been expected to release his budget on April 8th, the same day that Congress returns from its two-week recess period. The White House has said that…


President’s FY14 Budget Release Pushed Back to April 10th

White House spokesman Josh Earnest announced today that the FY14 President’s Budget Release has been pushed back two more days and will now drop on April 10th.


March 27, 2013

Newly Introduced Legislation

A roundup of bills introduced in the last week that may be of interest to the higher education community: S. 514: A bill to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide additional educational assistance to veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, math, or an area that leads to employment in a high-demand…


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