Federal Relations

Department of State Seeks Comment on Exchange Visitors Program

The U.S. Department of State is seeking feedback on proposed regulatory changes in its Exchange Visitor Program, which effects foreign faculty, researchers, and students.  The proposed rules, which are open to public comment through November 23, 2009, amend Subpart A, General Provisions, of the J exchange visitor regulations. The notice can be found at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22822.htm.

This Week on Capitol Hill October 19-23

In the House The House reconvenes on Tuesday at 2:00 pm for legislative business.  On Wednesday, and the balance of the week, the House is expected to vote on a bill to authorize HIV/AIDS treatment programs, as well as a Coast Guard authorization and a bill to boost solar technology research. House Committees On Tuesday, the

Climate Legislation Finds Bipartisan Support in Senate

**Update 10/19** Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) are offering an alternative to the cap and trade portion of the Boxer-Kerry climate bill (described below). The senators are opposed to allowing carbon permits to be traded as commodities. However, they do support proposed caps on carbon emissions. On October 27th, the US

FY10 Energy and Water Appropriations Approved

**10/15 Update: Today, the Senate passed the Energy & Water (E&W) Appropriations Conference Report, sending the legislation to the President’s desk for signature. The E&W Appropriations bill is the third of nine to make it all of the way through the appropriations process. UW projects in the legislation and accounts of interest are noted below** House

Health Reform Legislation Passes Finance and Delays Student Aid Reform

Yesterday, 10/13/09, the Senate Finance Committee approved a health reform package on a largely party-line vote of 14-9, with only Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) crossing the partisan divide. The vote in Senate Finance was the last of the five House/Senate committee (3 House committees, 2 Senate Committees) votes before consideration by the chambers.  Leadership and

This Week on Capitol Hill Octer 12-16

[Please note that times listed are all Eastern Daylight Time.]  Neither the House nor the Senate is in session on Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day.  The Senate: Convenes Tuesday at 2:00 pm (EDT) to consider HR 2847, the fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill.   A procedural vote on a substitute amendment is expected

This Week on Capitol Hill, October 5-9

The Senate reconvenes Monday to take up the fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill.  The Senate is also expected to finiah work on the fiscal 2010 Defense spending bill. The House does not reconvene until Tuesday when it will consider a number of minor resolutions.  Later in the week, the House will vote on a bill

Seen in DC

Since the end of July, Washington DC and the UW Office of Federal Relations welcomed no less than eleven faculty and staff from the Seattle and Bothell campuses.  Almost all were in DC to attend professional association meetings, but they were also able to spend some time speaking to representatives of federal agencies and staff of the

Rep. McDermott Leads House in Congratulating Huskies Softball

Yesterday, September 30th, Congressman Jim McDermott led colleagues in the House in congratulating the UW softball team on their national championship. H.Res. 517, sponsored by Congressman McDermott, passed the House of Representatives unanimously (421-0). In addition to praising the team, Mr. McDermott noted the importance of sports in the lives of young people and highlighted

AAAS and House R&D Caucus Discuss FY10 Funding for Science

Yesterday, September 30th, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in conjunction with the House Research & Development Caucus held a briefing on science and innovation investments in the FY10 budget. The session featured welcoming remarks by Congresswoman Judy Biggert (D-IL) and Congresswoman Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ), as well as a presentation by

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