Federal Relations

May 20, 2015

COMPETES Passes the House

After an interesting debate, the House narrowly passed HR 1806 – the America COMPETES Reauthorization of 2016 but a vote of 217-205. The bill was largely along party line vote with all Democrats and 23 Republicans voting against the measure. Earlier this week, the White House issued a veto threat. As previously discussed, the bill authorizes science…

OMB Letter of Concern to House Appropriators about FY16 CJS

As this process gets ever more interesting, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Sean Donovan sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee’s Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) about the draft FY16 CJS Appropriations bill. The letter expressed strong concern on the funding levels for science and innovation due…

May 19, 2015

FY16 House DOD and Senate E&W Appropriations Bills Released

House and Senate appropriators are in full swing working on the FY16 appropriations measures. House Appropriators released of a FY16 Defense appropriations measure that totals $578.6 billion. The bill, which the Subcommittee on Defense will mark up Wednesday, includes $88.4 billion for so-called Overseas Contingency Operations account. In total, the bill provides $578.6 billion in discretionary funding,…

House CJS Report Filed

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider and mark up the FY16 Commerce, Justice, State bill on Wednesday morning. The Committee made the committee report public today for a more detailed look inside the thought process of the House Appropriations Committee.

COMPETES on the House Floor Wednesday

The House is set to consider HR 1806 – the America COMPETES Reauthorization Bill of 2015 on Wednesday. The rule allows for the consideration of two other bills,  HR 2353 – Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 and HR 2250 – Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2016. Out of the 45 amendments filed, only 12 amendments were made in order….

This Week in Congress, May 18-22

There’s lots to keep an eye on in committee this week! We’re paying particularly close attention to the 21st Century Cures markup in House Energy & Commerce, the CJS markup in House Appropriations, and the Higher Education Act hearing in Senate HELP. As always, committee work can be live-streamed on each committee’s website and select…

May 15, 2015

House Passes NDAA, SASC Releases Senate NDAA

After what was beginning to look like a tough vote for House Leadership, the House today passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill authorizes military operations globally, sets defense policy, and offers a $612 billion spending blueprint for appropriators. Typically, the NDAA easily passes though the House with a wide margin of bipartisan support. The…

What We’re Reading This Week, May 11-15

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has been reading this week. TPA Tanking – The President and the Senate had a bumpy week as the Senate Democratic Caucus bucked the President and came out in opposition to fast tracking trade promotion authority for a pan-Pacific trade pact. Read more at Politico. And here. And…

May 13, 2015

COMPETES Rule Yanked

The House Rules Committee cancelled their hearing to craft a rule for HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act. It is unknown at this time when the House Rules Committee will take up the measure or if this will delay the consideration of the measure last week.

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…

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