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April 29, 2015

21st Century Cures Draft Provides $10 Billion Increase for NIH

Bipartisan House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders have released a discussion draft marking continued progress in the 21st Century Cures Initiative. The discussion draft is the product of months of bipartisan negotiations and bipartisan staff continues working toward finalized legislation. The biggest and best provision included in the draft provides for an increase in funding…

April 28, 2015

White House Issues Veto Threat on Two House Apropriations Bills

Today, the White House issued a veto threat on two recently marked up House Appropriations bills.  HR 2028 — Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 and HR 2029 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the FY16 Energy and…

House Releases NASA Authorization

The House Science Committee released another two year reauthorization, this time it was for NASA. Chairman Lamar Smith released the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 today while also announcing the legislation’s markup for Thursday at 11 am.   The FY2016 and 2017 authorization would make deep cuts to NASA’s earth science program under either of…

April 27, 2015

This Week in Congress, April 27 – May 1

It’s another busy week on Capitol Hill. Here are some of the hearings we’re paying attention to this week. TUESDAY, APRIL 28 Senate HELP MEDICAL INNOVATION FOR PATIENTS 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 9 a.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Appropriations…

April 24, 2015

What We’re Reading, April 20-24

Here’s a selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. Murray-Ryan 2.0? – Republicans are also feeling the chafe from the Sequester spending caps. That’s the problem with a deal no one wanted in the first place. Read more at Politico.  Serious Flaws – The piece looks at the 10 serious…

House Passes Two Cyber Security Bills

It was cybersecurity week for the House as it considered and passed two measures dealing with cybersecurity and information sharing to better address cyber threats. Lawmakers, government officials and most industry groups have strongly backed this idea of needing to share information safely, and all made cyber info-sharing a top 2015 legislative priority. The House today wrapped up the work week…

April 23, 2015

DOD Announces Silicon Valley Outpost for Cyber

In a speech at Stanford today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a new initiative designed to improve Department of Defense  (DOD) innovation through the creation of a permanent Pentagon presence in Silicon Valley, a move already taken by the Department of Homeland Security.  The Department plans to create the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Northern California to serve…

April 22, 2015

House Science Marks Up COMPETES Reauthorization

Today, the full House Science Committee marked up HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization bill, which the House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced late last week. Thirty four amendments were offered for consideration over the five hour mark up, and these amendments largely fell along party lines. Several controversial amendments passed, while amendements to…

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY16 Discretionary Spending Levels

The House Appropriations Committee adopted Fiscal Year 2016 subcommittee discretionary allocations, also known as 302(b)s, by voice vote following two markups Wednesday. The 302(b)s are the levels of federal discretionary spending per measure and the adoption will allow the committees to move forward with their work in crafting the 12 annual appropriations measures. In addition,…

April 20, 2015

This Week in Congress, April 20-24

Here are the committee hearings we’re monitoring this week. MONDAY, APRIL 20 Conferences Committee Meetings FISCAL 2016 BUDGET 3 p.m. April 20, 106 Dirksen Bldg. Senate-House Budget Conference meeting to consider the Senate- and House-passed fiscal 2016 budget bills.   TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation TELEHEALTH EXPANSION 10 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg….

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