Federal Relations

June 8, 2015

Defense Money Starts Moving

The Senate Defense Approps Subcommittee will mark up its spending bill tomorrow, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take it up the measure on Thursday. Simultaneously, the Senate will start the week with debate on dozens of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which will be on the floor all week — the Senate is…


June 5, 2015

Senate Judiciary Approves PATENT Act, House Begins to Move on Innovation Act

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the PATENT Act by a vote of 16 to 4, with only Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), David Vitter (R-LA), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) voting against it. During consideration of the bill, the Committee approved an amendment offered by John Cornyn (R-TX) that alters the definition of micro-entity status…


June 4, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, June 1-5

Here’s a selection of article the UW Federal Relations team is reading this week.   Not So Easy – Six months in to his tenure as Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell has increasingly had challenges maintaining the Senate agenda with three Senators running for President. Governing is hard. Read more at The Hill. Running Point…


T-HUD Goes to House Floor

House Republicans are bringing the fifth spending measure to the House floor this year. Late Wednesday, the House began consideration of the $55.3 billion FY16 Transportation-HUD bill. Debate is expected to continue Thursday. Final votes for the week are expected in the afternoon. Rail safety dominated the floor debate Wednesday, as it has for the Transportation-HUD…


June 3, 2015

House Passes CJS

Today, the House of Representatives passed HR 2578, the FY16  Commerce, Justice, Science bill by a vote of 242–183. Twelve Democrats voted for and ten Republicans voted against the $51.4 billion measure. The legislation had a host of amendments ranging from Cuba, bullets, immigration, to marijuana. Unfortunately, no amendments were offered on some of the most concerning provisions to the research community,…


June 1, 2015

This Week in Congress, June 1-5

Congress is back in session today after a week long recess. This week the House is expected to consider Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations beginning Tuesday at noon and floor consideration of Transportation-HUD Appropriations may begin as early as Thursday. The Senate is expected to continue consideration of a bill that would extend provisions of the Patriot Act…


House to Consider CJS

The House Rules will meet today to approve a rule for consideration of the FY2016 CJS Appropriations bill (H.R. 2578). The House will begin consideration of the bill beginning tomorrow at noon and possibly continuing through Thursday. As has been previously mentioned, the cuts to the measure and the report language accompanying the legislation have raised some…


Senate to Mark Up Patent Bill

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that they will markup the PATENT Act on Thursday.  The House Judiciary Committee is still on hold on the Innovation Act.


May 22, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, May 18-22

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has enjoyed this week. Home Office – Historically, some Representatives have given a new meeting to the term home office as many of them (up to a third) use their Congressional offices as their personal abodes during the Congressional work week. Recently, there has been a…


May 21, 2015

Alexander and Murray Release HEA Working Groups

Today, HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced several bipartisan, full committee staff working groups to address four major issues related to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The working groups will examine the following topics: Accountability Accreditation College Affordability and Financial Aid Campus Sexual Assault and Safety Senators Alexander and…


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