Federal Relations

May 9, 2011

Budgets and Debt

The Senate Budget Committee may mark up an FY12 budget resolution this week, while Democratic and Republican negotiators begin the serious work of trying to reach agreement on a debt reduction plan to accompany an increase in the debt limit. Senate Budget Resolution: The Senate Budget Committee may mark up an FY12 budget resolution later in the

May 5, 2011

SBIR Reauthorization Makes Progress in House, Hits Roadblock in Senate

The Senate convened this morning to vote on a motion to invoke cloture that aimed to limit further debate on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) bill (S493) and its reauthorization through 2019, but failed to meet the required minimum of 60 votes. There was increased controversy arising from the bill, as amendments attached to

May 2, 2011

Congress Back to Work this Week

Congress returns from its two-week recess this week, looking ahead at the need to raise the nation’s statutory debt limit within the next two months and associated efforts to cut federal spending or establish new budgetary controls. Lawmakers have about two months to increase the debt limit, according to the Treasury Department. Although leaders of

April 29, 2011

NIH and USDA News Today

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the preliminary injunction entered by the district court and ruled in favor of the National Institutes of Health and the Administration’s policy on human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). The ruling states the following:  “We conclude the plaintiffs are unlikely to prevail

April 15, 2011

FY11 Finally Complete

The Senate easily cleared the FY11 spending agreement (HR 1473) late yesterday afternoon after the House passed it by a comfortable margin.  The president is expected to sign the bill sometime today before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires tonight at midnight. The bill passed in the House 260-167, with 179 Republicans being joined by

April 14, 2011

Final FY11 Action Today

NOTE:  NASA numbers have been corrected to reflect an increase in funding over FY10, not a decrease as reported on the original post.  I apologize for any inconvenience. The FY11 continuing resolution (CR) negotiated last Friday to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year would reduce federal spending by about $38.5

April 12, 2011

Final FY11 Details Emerge

UPDATE:  There is a lot of confusion on Capitol Hill today as we all try to determine actual cuts proposed in the FY11 continuing resolution (CR).  A list distributed by the House earlier today identified numerous programs for cuts but those programs ARE NOT identified in the actual legislation — so the House list is

April 11, 2011

FY11 End Game

Federal government is now operating under another one-week continuing resolution (CR) intended to give lawmakers time to debate and approve the larger agreement they reached late Friday night.  The so-called “bridge” CR was cleared by Congress shortly after midnight Friday, immediately after a deal was reached on funding for the remainder of FY11, thereby preventing

April 9, 2011

Shutdown Averted

President Obama and Congressional leaders announced a budget deal late Friday to avert a government shutdown. The outline of the deal is as follows: up to $39 billion in cuts from the 2010 budget, $514 billion in spending for the defense budget covering the remainder of this fiscal year, a GOP agreement to abandon controversial

April 8, 2011

Federal Shutdown Looms

A Thursday-night meeting between congressional leaders and President Obama failed to resolve an impasse over federal spending that, barring an agreement on Friday, would result in a federal government shutdown.  Federal government is currently operating on a continuing resolution (CR) that is set to expire at midnight tonight (Friday, April 8th).  If House Republicans and

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