Federal Relations

December 11, 2012

Three weeks to “Fiscal Cliff”

“Fiscal cliff” discussions continue to dominate the public airwaves as the White House continues to negotiate with House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) on a possible deal.  The word on the street today is that the Speaker has asked the White House for more details about its position on taxes, and the President’s team has asked the House…


Sequester is “Uncharted Territory”

I was recently interviewed by Scientific American for an article on the impact of sequestration on NIH funding.  My quote: “We are in uncharted territory if the sequester takes effect.”


December 8, 2012

NIH Announces New Director of CSR

On December 3rd, NIH Director Francis Collins announced the selection of Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., as the new director of the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Dr. Nakamura has been serving as the acting director of CSR since September 2011 and has previously been both the scientific director and the deputy director of the National…


December 7, 2012

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in WA State

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has updated its states website to link to EERE resources for each state. The new site is called Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in My State and links to state-specific content published by EERE. The site also publishes graphs of DOE energy…


December 6, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Countdown: 26 Days

Negotiations continue between the Obama administration and congressional leaders on deficit reduction legislation that would need to be approved by Congress before the end of the year to avoid the sequester and tax increases. Last week the President released his proposal, which took a hard line on both taxes and entitlement spending, with increased tax…


November 30, 2012

STEM Jobs Act Approved

By a vote of 245 to 139, the House passed this afternoon the STEM Jobs Act (HR 6429) offered by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Lamar Smith (R-TX).  The bill, which previously failed in September on suspension of the rules, would create 55,000 STEM visas for graduates of Carnegie Foundation rated (very high…


Senate Work Schedule for 2013

Senate 2013 Calendar – 113th Congress, First Session  Convene – 113th Congress – Thursday, January 3 Inauguration – Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) February 18 – 22 State Work Period (Presidents’ Day February 18) March 25 – April 5 State Work Period (Passover March 26-27; Good Friday March 29; Easter March 31)…


Herrera Beutler Joins House Appropriations Committee

The House Republican Steering Committee yesterday named six new GOP members to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress, including one of our own: Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3).  Congratulations Congresswoman Herrera Beutler! Other new GOP members include: Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3) Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) Rep. David Joyce (OH-14) Rep. Thomas…


November 29, 2012

No Deal Yet to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that “no substantive progress has been made” on fiscal cliff negotiations, and warned that if Democrats don’t come up with a better compromise on entitlements and spending then “there’s a real danger of going off the fiscal cliff.”  This confirms that talks to stave off the full range…


November 28, 2012

Alternative to Dream Act Introduced

As the Los Angeles Times is reporting, three republican senators introduced an alternative version of the Dream Act on Tuesday that would give legal status for young immigrants brought to the US unlawfully as children.  The effort, called the Achieve Act and launched by retiring senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and…


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