Federal Relations

This Week on Capitol Hill, March 8-12

Action on the Floor This week the Senate continues consideration of a bill to extend expired tax provisions, unemployment insurance, flood insurance, and COBRA health care subsidies. On Tuesday the House will consider a number of minor commemorative resolutions.  Later in the week, they will consider measures to encourage debt relief for Haiti, to expedite

Health Insurance and Student Aid Overhauls Likely Headed for Reconciliation

Yesterday, during a speech at the White House, President Obama called on Congress to give health care reform an up or down vote before the Easter congressional recess -beginning March 29th. The message seemed to make clear that the President, along with Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, intend to pursue passage of health insurance reform

Department of Energy Announces $100 Million Available for Innovative Research Projects

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E’s 3rd funding opportunity to focus on grid-scale energy storage, electrical power technology, and building energy efficiency WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit today, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available to accelerate innovation in

This Week on Capitol Hill, March 1-5

The Senate resumes consideration Monday of a bill that would extend several expiring tax provisions and may also extend unemployment and COBRA health care benefits, as well as Medicaid funding.  A relatively light week is planned in the House, with the main floor action being on a bill intended to reduce the use of physical

NIST Announces Funding for Research Facilities

Yesterday, February 25, NIST announced a new competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. NIST has $50 million available for the cost-sharing grants and anticipates funding 3 to 5 projects with grants of $10 to $15 million each. The grants will

This Week on Capitol Hill, Feb 22-26

Last week Congress was in recess for Presidents’ Day District Work Period.  Business was also impeded the week before due to the blizzard that hit Washington DC.  This week brings Congress back to face jobs creation and health care legislation.   MONDAY The Senate laid the way for a vote of the jobs creation bill, which

Arden Bement Leaving NSF

Courtest of the National Science Foundation February 4, 2010 ARLINGTON, VA – Arden L. Bement, the director of the National Science Foundation, has been named to lead Purdue University’s new Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI) in West Lafayette, Ind. Bement will begin his new post as the director of GPRI–which will draw on seven different

Jobs Agenda Replaces Jobs Bill in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), reflecting the reality imposed by the loss of a fillibuster-proof majority, has articulated that he intends to move several small jobs measures through the chamber — as opposed to one large bill — in order to attract some Republican support for non-controversial items. Senator Reid indicated a desire to

FY11 NOAA Below the Surface

Courtesy of the NOAA Research Staff To Friends and Partners of NOAA Research: The President has released the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request for federal agencies. For FY 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requests a total appropriation of $5,554,458,000, an increase of $806,105,000 over the FY 2010 enacted level. NOAA requests

FY11 Budget Overview

Despite an overall spending freeze proposal from the Obama administration, the student aid and research priorities of the higher education community faired relatively well in the President’s Budget Request for FY11. Within the Department of Education, the PBR seeks to increase the maximum Pell grant to $5,710 in FY11 from the current $5,550 level. More importantly,

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