Federal Relations

This Week on Capitol Hill, June 7-11

FLOOR ACTION The Senate will consider a number of judicial nominations on Monday, June 7.  Later in the week, senators may consider a bill to extend expired tax provisions and social safety-net programs.  On Thursday, the Senate is expected to debate whether to proceed to a resolution disapproving of the EPA’s endangerment finding on greenhouse

Congress Returns to Unfinished Business

Congress returns this week from its one-week Memorial Day recess with the Senate ready to take up the House-passed “extenders” bill, while the House determines their next move on the FY10 supplemental bill. Tax Extenders:  The tax extenders measure (HR 4213) under consideration in the Senate includes a number of important program authorities that expired

President Nominates New NSF Director

President Obama has announced the nomination of Subra Suresh as Director of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Suresh will undergo a Senate confirmation process in the coming weeks. A copy of Dr. Suresh’s biography follows.

This Week on Capitol Hill, June 1-4

Congress is in recess this week.  The Senate will resume Monday, June 7th at 2:00 pm and the House will resume Tuesday, June 8th at 2:00 pm.

Education Provisions in Tax Extension Bill

Before leaving for the Memorial Day congressional recess, the House passed a package of tax “extenders” (HR 4213) by a vote of 215 to 204.  It retroactively extended a number of expired provisions of interest to the higher education community, including:  the tuition deduction, the ability to “rollover” Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) without penalty; and,

Education Jobs Funds Uncertain

In April, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Keep Our Educators Working Act of 2010 –cosponsored by Senator Patty Murray and 28 other Democratic Senators. The legislation provided for $23 billion to be distributed to governors to save or create K-12 and higher education jobs. According to the formula in the bill, the State of

House Passes COMPETES Act Reauthorization

After a couple of procedural setbacks, the House of Representatives passed a 5-year reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act on Friday May 28th. The legislation provides for 7% annual increases to the budgets of the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and National Institutes of Standards and Technology -keeping them on a

This Week on Capitol Hill, May 24-28

FLOOR ACTION The Senate continues consideration of the fiscal 2010 supplemental appropriations bill (HR 4899).  On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider several measures under suspension of the rules. Later in the week, the House could also consider a motion to concur in the Senate amendment with a House amendment to a bill (HR

NIH Changes to Conflict of Interest Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published in the Federal Register on Friday, May 21, 2010 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) outlining new Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors – NIH’s Financial Conflict of Interest policy (75FR 28688).   The text

NOAA Funds Likely in Supplemental Spending Bill

NOAA has been responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident and providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services. We are also waiting for action on the FY10 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4899), which the Senate is set to consider starting Monday.   On May 12, the Administration requested $20 M from Congress for supplemental

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