July 15, 2009

House Budget Reconciliation Package Taking Shape

Today, the House of Representatives will introduce a budget reconciliation package designed to achieve components of the President’s agenda. Budget reconciliation is a special procedure, not subject to a fillibuster in the Senate, that was intended to serve as a deficit reduction tool by forcing spending cuts or tax increases to meet the targets set… Read More


DOE Announces up to $52.5 Million for Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced plans to provide up to $52.5 million to research, develop, and demonstrate Concentrating Solar Power systems capable of providing low-cost electrical power both day and night. Today’s announcement underscores the Obama Administration’s commitment to creating jobs and saving money, making electricity generated from solar energy competitive with conventional… Read More


Federal Relations Brown Bag Lunch Sessions

The UW Office of Federal Relations invites participation in a brown bag lunch to discuss our ongoing FY10 and anticipated FY11 federal strategies. The informal sessions serves as an opportunity to receive an update on developments in DC that impact the higher education community in general and our Institution in particular. Topics for discussion will… Read More


House Democrats Release Health Care Legislation

Yesterday, House Democrats finally unveiled their comprehensive health care overhaul legislation, including details on how they intend to pay for it.  For the most part, the $1 trillion-plus plan would be paid for through a surtax on upper incomes (families with adjusted gross incomes of more than $350,000) and by more than $500 billion in… Read More


July 14, 2009

Obama Unveils Community College Initiative

Today, President Obama will unveil a $12 billion initiative to boost community colleges and move the US toward his goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.  President Obama’s will include the following: $9 billion will go mainly for “challenge grants” awarded on a competitive basis to encourage community colleges to… Read More


July 13, 2009

Seen in DC

Dr. Mari Kitahata, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Epidemiolgy and Health Services Research at the UW Center for AIDS Research was in DC on June 4th to participate in the HIV Medicine Association Advocacy Day.  She was able to meet with several members to discuss health care reform, federal policy positions and… Read More


Week at a Glance on Capitol Hill, July 13-17

MONDAY, 7/13 ·    The House convenes 2 p.m. for a pro forma session. ·    The Senate convenes 2 p.m. to consider HR 627 —Credit card regulation.  No roll call votes expected.   TUESDAY, 7/14 ·    The House convenes 12:30 p.m. to consider several issues under suspension of the rules.  One of the issues is  HR… Read More


July 10, 2009

FY10 Energy Appropriations Advance

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved FY10 funding for the Department of Energy. As previously mentioned on this site, the House provided $880,000 for the UW-OSU Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, as well as $1,000,000 for the UW Washington State Biofuels project. Although the Senate did not provide similar figures, the… Read More


July 9, 2009

OMB to Conduct Recovery Act Reporting Webinars

OMB has scheduled webinars on Recovery Act reporting requirements. Individuals interested in participating must go to the website and register for each session. The webinars will be available for later viewing on the Recovery.gov website.                           **OMB Announcement** The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board announce that webinars… Read More


July 8, 2009

President Obama Nominates New NIH Director

Today, President Barack Obama nominated Francis S. Collins as the new Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins served as Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH from 1993-2008. He is a physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project…. Read More