Federal Relations

September 27, 2012

Sequester Could Cost Washington State Nearly $1.7 Billion by 2017

AAAS just published some new estimates of sequestration impacts on science budgets through 2017. The report gets into individual agencies (in some instances, directorates) and states, and includes both a balanced scenario and a nondefense-only scenario. Washington state could lose nearly $1.7 billion dollars in federal R&D funding over the next five years. You can…


September 26, 2012

Sequester Will Hurt State Budgets

An article in today’s Governing.com details how the sequester will affect state budgets. The news is not good, especially when you consider the sad shape of our state’s budget situation in general. If implemented on January 2nd, the across-the-board cuts at the federal level will likely leave the state legislature with little choice but to…


September 19, 2012

Today in Congress

The Senate’s in at 10:00am and will continue work on a veterans jobs bill. A series of votes are possible. The chamber will recess from 12:30 to 2:15pm for weekly caucus lunches. Then, the senate will hold a procedural vote on the House-passed six-month continuing resolution to fund the government. The House is in at…


September 18, 2012

Joint Update on Sequester

Today the UW Offices of Research, Federal Relations, and Planning and Budget released a joint update on the impacts of the sequester on the UW. This is the first of such updates that we will produce and disseminate to the UW community.


Sequester Details

Schedule: Both the House and Senate are out until Wednesday in observance of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. When they return, the Senate will take action on the 6-month continuing resolution. Both chambers are expected to recess at the end of the week and not return until after the November elections. OMB Sequester Report:…


September 14, 2012

OMB Report on Sequestration Implementation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today released a report mandated by the Sequestration Transparency Act (STA, PL 112-155) that detailed the impact of the $109 billion in cuts that will be imposed by the sequester in January if Congress does meet certain spending targets. According to the report the cuts would result in…


House Approves 6-Month CR

Yesterday, the House easily passed a continuing resolution (CR) that the Senate will likely vote on next week. The House voted, 329-91, to back the CR (H J Res 117) that would fund government through March 27, 2013 at the discretionary limit set by last year’s deal to raise the federal debt ceiling (Budget Control…


September 12, 2012

Sequester “Fix” Discussed

There is growing pessimism on Capitol Hill that Congress will be able to reach a deal to avert the automatic spending cuts, known as sequesters, before – or even after – the November election. The “Gang of 8”, a bipartisan group of senators, continues to work on a comprehensive deficit reduction plan that most likely…


September 11, 2012

Continuing Resolution Released

House Republicans have released a draft of their six-month continuing resolution (CR) that contains few policy riders and would increase spending slightly for most federal agencies by just over half a percent for the first half of FY2013. The House plans to vote on the CR (HJ Res 117) this Thursday, and would run through…


September 10, 2012

Congress Back to Work

Congress is back in session this week after the long August break and political party conventions. There are few legislative priorities on the agenda before Congress breaks again at the end of the month through the November elections. This week, the House will release and then vote on a six-month continuing resolution (CR) for FY2013,…


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