Federal Relations

May 13, 2015

21st Century Cures Proposes Funding Increase for NIH

The latest version of the 21st Century Cures Act was released this morning and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is scheduled to markup the measure on Thursday, May 14th. Like the discussion draft, the updated version provides for an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both through reauthorization…


House Appropriations Posts FY16 CJS

The House Appropriations Committee released the text of the FY16 Commerce Justice State legislation this morning in immediate advance of their mark up. The Appropriations Committee released both the text of the legislation and a press release of highlights on the measure. At first glance, there do seem to be clear winners and losers in…


Mêlée for NDAA

Both the White House and chief Democrat of the the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith (D-WA) have both expressed a lack of support for the FY16 NDAA measure, which is expected to be considered today on the House Floor. The White House issued an Statement of Administrative Policy in which it issued a veto threat.  In part…


NDAA PATRIOT Act Combo with an Abortion Chaser

Today, the House will vote on the rule to consider the NDAA. In a development, the Rules committee decided to combine the NDAA with two other pieces of legislation, namely HR 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 and HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HR  2048, the USA FREEDOM Act is a bipartisan measure…


May 12, 2015

House Gets Ready to Consider COMPETES and NDAA

The House Rules Committee will meet at 3pm on Wednesday to considered movement forward for both HR 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 and HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. Today, the House Rules Committee will meet to consider the overall rule for the NDAA, and subsequent to that will determine which…


May 1, 2015

Two Down…10 To Go

Yesterday the House passed the first appropriations vote of the season. The FY16 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (HR 2029) passed with a vote of 255 – 163, largely along party lines. Known colloquially as MilCon-VA, the measure is historically the least controversial of all the 12 annual appropriations bills. It passed last year with the support of every…


What We’re Reading, April 27- May 1

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team found of interest. Refueling Research – An op-ed by Senator Ed Markey about the value of basic science and federal investment. Read more at the Huffington Post.  IX – ED released a new packet of info for Title IX coordinators. First instruction, don’t forget to designate…


April 30, 2015

House Passes Conference Committee Budget

The House of Representatives approved the FY16 budget resolution conference report (SConRes 11) with a vote of 226-197, sending the measure to the Senate for final approval. The measure provides overall guidance for spending but is not signed into law by the President. The FY16 agreement follows the spending caps enacted in the Budget Control Act for both defense…


More Books! Initiatives from the White House and Rep. Suzan DelBene

Today, President Barack Obama announced that major and independent book publishers are making 10,000 of their most popular titles available for free for low-income students through e-books, and effort estimated to be worth about $250 million. Obama said the devices will play a big part and a gap in access between low-income students and their peers still…


FY16 Budget Conference Committee Resolution

Late yesterday, House and Senate conferees released SConRes 21 – the Budget Resolution for FY 2016, which is the conference agreement for the FY16 Budget. As a reminder, the Conferenced budget is not law. While it is not signed by the President, the measure does bind the House and Senate on policy and spending directives for…


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