Federal Relations

June 12, 2015

House Appropriations Committee to Consider Interior and Labor-H

The House keeps up the pace with considering the annual 12 appropriations bills. Today the House Appropriations committee put out a notice that they would consider two bills next week. The whole House Appropriations Committee will consider the FY2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill on Tuesday, June 16 at 10:15 am. The House Labor, Health…


June 11, 2015

House Judiciary Approves HR 9 Innovation Act

The House Judiciary Committee yesterday voted 24-8 to pass the Innovation Act (HR 9), a highly problematic patent bill that numbers  higher education associations, including AAU, APLU, COGR, AUTM, AAMC and ACE, are on record as opposing. The group of six higher education associations have been working together on patent reform proposals currently in the house and Senate….


House Passes FY16 Defense Appropriations Bill

Today, the House  approved the $578.6 billion FY15 Defense appropriations bill despite Democratic objections, both from the House and White House, to using the war accounts, known as the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, to bridge the gap between stringent BCA budget caps and the Pentagon’s spending request. The measure totals $800 million above the Administration’s request, thanks to…


Senate Moves to Attach Cyber Legislation to NDAA

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed for cloture on a cybersecurity amendment, a move that would fold the threat-sharing information legislation into the annual defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) received consent to modify an already pending amendment related to background checks for military…


Senate Appropriations Clears Defense, CJS and Leg Branch

The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved three bills now ready for consideration by the whole Senate. The FY16 Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), and Legislative Affairs appropriations bills were all approved today. The the FY2016 Defense appropriations bill was approved on a bipartisan 27-3 vote. The bill recommends $489.1 billion in base funding and $86.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding,…


What We’re Reading This Week, June 8-12

Here’s a selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations is enjoying reading this week. It’s been a busy week and there’s lots of good stuff to read! America’s Pastime, Politicized – One thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on is how much they want to win the Congressional Baseball Game. Read about THE partisan social…


June 10, 2015

White House Issues Veto Threat on House FY16 Defense Approps Bill

The White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) recommending a veto of the House’s FY16 Defense appropriations bill today. The House is considering the FY16 Defense appropriations on the Floor currently. This is not the first veto threat for a House appropriations bill this year. The SAP cites the inappropriate use of the Overseas Contingency…


Senate Approps Subcommittee Passes CJS

The Senate Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee passed the Senate’s FY16 CJS appropriations bill this morning. The $51.1  billion draft advanced by unanimous consent and would provide $7.3 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $5.4 billion for National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), $18.3 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and…


June 9, 2015

This Week in Congress, June 8-12

It’s a big week for CJS and Defense Appropriations in the Senate. Both will be marked up in subcommittee and by the full Senate Appropriations Committee this week. Here’s the full list of committee’s we’re paying attention to this week. TUESDAY, JUNE 9 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 10:30 a.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee…


June 8, 2015

House Approps to Mark Up FY16 Interior Bill

The House is expected to mark up the FY16 Interior Appropriations bill this Wednesday. This bill provides funding to the National Endowment of the Humanities and forestry programs among other items.


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