Federal Relations

January 8, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, January 4-8

Happy New Year! Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has been reading this week. Retail Politics – How a politician comes across in ads and in debates can be very different from how they are day-to-day. Here’s one reporter, who’s been traveling with Cruz campaign, take on candidate. Read more in The Washington Post….


January 7, 2016

President’s FY 2017 Budget Delayed

The Office of Management and Budget announced that the President’s FY 2017 Budget proposal will be delayed until February 9th. The President’s budget is statutorily required to be presented to Congress the first Monday of February, which this year is February 1st. A delay on the budget transmission is not a new event for the…


January 4, 2016

Lobbying Disclosure Forms Due Wednesday, January 13

If you engaged in federal lobbying activities between October 1 and December 31, 2015, please complete the federal lobbying disclosure form and return it to the Office of Federal Relations (McKinzie Strait – mckinzie@uw.edu) by close of business Wednesday, January 13.  Background According to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which became…


Happy New Year!

The 114th Congress is back in action this week for the second legislative session. The House reconvenes tomorrow and the Senate will return on Monday, January 11th. The 2016 Congressional calendar boasts roughly 110 legislative voting days with plenty of 4-day weekends and an early summer recess – beginning in July and running through Labor…


December 21, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, December 21-25

Happy Holidays! Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Tax 2.0 – Congressional leadership is saying that passage of a major tax deal has increased the chances that Congress will tackle tax reform in 2017. Read more at The Hill.  Big Boost – Congress passes a 2016 spending and tax bill…


December 18, 2015

Congress Passes $1.8 Trillion FY 2016 Spending and Tax Extension Bill

This morning the House & Senate approved a $1.8 trillion fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown and funding the federal establishment through September 2016. The measure passed with a 316-113 vote in the House followed by a 65-33 vote in the Senate. President Obama is said to sign the measure into…


What We’re Reading This Week, December 14-18

Here is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Long View – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016-2020: Turning Discovery Into Health.   The plan focuses on four essential, interdependent objectives that will help guide NIH’s priorities over the next five years as it pursues…


House Passes Omnibus

House just passed the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill by a vote of 316-113. The omnibus was released earlier this week. It now heads to the Senate for passage later this afternoon.


December 17, 2015

House Passes Tax Extenders

Today, the House passed a $622 billion tax package that permanently renews a number of tax provisions following years of short-term extensions. Seventy-seven Democrats joined 241 Republicans to pass the measure in a 318 to 109 vote. Several tax breaks created under President Obama’s stimulus package are made permanent, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit,…


December 16, 2015

Tax Extenders Bill Released

House Republicans unveiled a $650 billion permanent tax package early Wednesday morning.  Key elements of the package were the permanent extensions of the research and experimentation tax credit and several charitable donation tax breaks. Sections of note include: Section 102. Enhanced American opportunity tax credit is made permanent. The Hope Scholarship Credit is a credit of…


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