Federal Relations

Reauthorization of the COMPETES Act Stumbles (Again)

The House of Representatives has run into difficulty in pasing the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. After failing to advance to a final vote last week, because of passage of a motion to send the legislation back to committee for additional consideration, on Wednesday May 19th the House failed to pass a revamped version

This Week on Capitol Hill, May 17-21

FLOOR ACTION The House will reconvene on Tuesday to bote on a number of minor bills and resolutions.  They are also expected to consider HR 4213, the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act of 2010, a bill to extend expired tax provisions and a bill that would reauthorize science and technology programs that was

Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill Unveiled

Yesterday, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) released their newly revised and long awaited energy and climate bill. Some of the key provisions of the legislation released today: Sets a “price collar” on carbon emissions, including predictable floor and a ceiling price. Industrial sources of carbon emissions are not regulated until 2016, after

This Week on Capitol Hill, May 10-14

SENATE FLOOR The chamber will continue to consider a bill to overhaul financial regulations (S 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010).  The debate is expected to last all week, with votes beginning on Tuesday. HOUSE FLOOR The House returns on Tuesday to vote on some minor resolutions.  Later in the week, the House

Seen in DC

Rita Sodt, a student at the University of Washington, won a national competition sponsored annually by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Her winning project was “Fighting Cancer with Math: A Patient-Specific Computational Model of Brain Tumor Growth.” She displayed her poster along with other winners from across the country, at a reception in the Rayburn

NIH Addresses Funding “Cliff”

Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health director told Senate appropriators that the agency’s funding will face a “cliff” in FY11 when a two-year allocation of $10.4 billion in stimulus money for research runs out.  NIH Director Francis Collins also told committee members that during the past 30 years NIH grant applicants had a 25 percent

Update: Retirement, Budget, and Disaster Relief

The retirement of House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) will mark a change in the Democratic leadership of one of Congress’ most powerful committees.  Our own Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA) appears to be the lead candidate to replace Obey as the top Democrat on Appropriations in the next Congress.  Currently the second-ranking Democrat on the

Commerce Announces New Innovation Grant Program

The Department of Commerce has launched a new competitive grant program aimed at fostering innovation. The i6 Challenge is a new $12 million innovation competition administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). EDA will award

This Week on Capitol Hill, May 3-7

FLOOR ACTION Senate The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m., and resume consideration of the financial regulatory overhaul legislation (S 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010). There will be no roll call votes.  It is expected that the Senate will spend most of the week debating amendments. House The House is not in

Immigration Reform Framework Released

Despite the absence of any support from the minority party, which will be necessary to advance a bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and two of his colleagues — Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) — have released a rough framework for comprehensive immigration reform. The outline serves as a starting point for public discussions

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