Federal Relations

President Obama to Propose Discretionary Spending Freeze

Late yesterday, the Obama administration announced an intention to propose a 3 year freeze of domestic discretionary spending -excluding defense/veterans and homeland security. The proposal, an attempt to decrease the federal budget deficit, will be outlined in the President’s State of the Union address this Wednesday night. At present, we know that the proposal would save

This Week on Capitol Hill – January 25-29

The Senate votes Monday on a judicial nomination and is expected to continue debate on a measure to increase the federal debt limit, with votes on amendments beginning Tuesday. The House returns Tuesday to consider a number of commemorative resolutions along with a draft bill to provide emergency aid to U.S. survivors of the eqrthquake

Commerce Secretary Locke Announces Plans for Forum on R&D Commercialization at Universities

US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Tuesday his plans to host a forum with university leaders and key stakeholders on the roles of universities in innovation, economic development, job creation, and commercialization of federally funded research next month in Washington, DC. The forum, to be held February 24, will open a dialogue among administration

Obama’s FY11 Proposal — Details and Leaks

Budget Tracker  at CQ.com is keeping track of the details emerging on the fiscal 2011 budget request from the Obama administration, as well as reports seemingly based on leaks, and requests. The President’s budget will be submitted to Congress on Monday, February 1st.  The following are a few of the details that are beginning to

NIH Will Give Less and Demand More in 2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interesting article on the potential changes being proposed at NIH.  These changes will most definitely change the way universities compete for and conduct NIH-funded research.  Read the entire article here.

Balance of Power in the US Senate will Change Agenda

The first election of 2010 is over and the balance of power in the US Senate has shifted just enough to put the Administration’s policy agenda in jeopardy.  Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R-MA) will be the newest member of the Senate, and will be sworn in as soon as the election is certified.  Clues on how

This Week on Capitol Hill January 19-22

The House returns today, January 19, to consider a number of minor bills and resolutions.  On Wednesday and the rest of the week the House schedule includes a bill to provide tax benefits for contributions to earthquake relief in Haiti, a number of American Indian water resources bills, a bill on domestic nuclear detection and

Energy and Climate Legislative Update

The US Senate returns to Capitol Hill this week to tackle a full agenda starting with a measure to increase the federal debt limit (HJ Res 45).  Likely amendments to the resolution include one by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to halt the EPA rulemaking based on the so-called endangerment finding announced last month.  The endangerment

State of the Union Address set for January 27th

President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday, January 27th, at 9 pm Eastern time (6:00pm Pacific). During his speech, the President will outline his priorities for the coming year as well as recount what he believes are the achievements from his first year in

NSF Announces Oceans Sciences Education Competition

The National Science Foundation Division of Ocean Sciences seeks to establish new and/or renewed Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) Centers in a network of coordinated centers that faciliate collaborations and communications between ocean science researchers and educators.  These Centers foster the integration of ocean research into high-quality educational materials, enable ocean researchers to

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