Federal Relations

Dept. of Commerce Seeking Nominations for Innovation Advisory Council

The Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking nominees for a new Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship whose primary purpose is to “identify and recommend solutions to issues critical to enabling entrepreneurs and firms to successfully commercialize new ideas and technologies into high-growth, innovation-based businesses and to create new jobs.” The deadline for nominations is

Majority Leader Unveils Senate Health Care Bill

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released the long awaited health insurance reform package that merges bills advanced by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), would cost roughly $848

Timeline Slipping for Major Legislation

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) announced this week that a climate bill will not likely emerge before the spring of 2010. The announcement confirms that at least 1 of 3 (and likely all 3) of President Obama’s top legislative initiatives for 2009 will slip into 2010 -the other two being health care and

This Week on Capitol Hill November 16-20

On the House & Senate Floors The House votes Monday on a bill to increase oversight of the financial industry bailout program.  Later in the week, the House will vote on a number of small business bills and a bill to overhaul the Medicare physician pay formula (HR 3961).  The House may also take up

Higher Education Associations Set to Launch Recovery Act Successes Website

Several national higher education advocacy associations — Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and The Science Coalition (TSC) — are preparing to launch ScienceWorksForUS.org; an effort to highlight important research made possible at institutions across the country through funding provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of

This Week on Capitol Hill November 9-13

The House is not in session this week.   Over the weekend, however, the House passed their version of the health care bill, 220-215. The Senate will be in session on Monday and Tuesday only.    The Senate will take up HR 3082, Military Construction – VA Spending. Senate Committee Meetings — Tuesday Budget — full committee hearing

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Approves Climate Legislation

Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee approved its climate change mitigation legislation -despite a boycott of the markup by the minority party. Republicans wanted more analysis from the EPA on the impacts of the legislation. The Senate bill, which requires 60 votes on the floor to move to a final vote, will

Seen in DC

On October 7th, Dr. Joel Berg, Chairman of Pediatric Dentistry, testified before the Oversight and Government Reform’s subcommittee on Domestic Policy.  The hearing was held to examine the steps that state Medicaid programs have taken to improve access to and utilization of dental services by Medicaid eligible children.  Dr. Berg addressed his testimony to the

UW Week Article Features Support for UW Role in Puget Sound Partnership

UW’s newly-formed Puget Sound Institute to advise in the clean-up of the Sound By Sandra Hines News and Information The $50 million appropriated by Congress last week to the Puget Sound Partnership for the clean-up of Puget Sound includes $4 million for the UW to launch an institute to provide expert advice about the Sound,

This Week on Capitol Hill November 2-6

Floor Action The Senate will convene at 2:00 pm to consider HR 3548, Unemployment Aid, a homebuyer tax credit and corporate tax provisions.  Later in the week the Senate may consider two FY 2010 spending bills:  Military Construction-VA and Ecommerce-Justice-Science. The House meets on Monday to consider pending legislation, including S 509, a bill to

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