July 24, 2009

Update from Washington, DC

Congress started off this week with the goal of advancing health care reform financing options in preparation for an overall vote on reform measures before their August recess.  By the end of the week, however, it became clear to House and Senate leaders – as well as the President – that they would not meet… Read More


July 23, 2009

Secretary Chu Issues Statement on Need for Clean Energy/Climate Change Legislation

**Note: Earlier this month, the House passed a comprehensive clean energy/climate change bill. The Senate, led by Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in this area, is expected to take up a bill after the August congressional recess. The higher education community is seeking increased funding for research in the Senate version of the legislation.** NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:                         FOR… Read More


July 22, 2009

Graduate and Professional Loan Subsidy Restored by House

Yesterday, the House Education and Labor Committee passed HR 3221, Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, which was introduced last week. The legislation eliminates the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program and utilizes the $87 billion saved to fund increased Pell grant levels for students (indexed to inflation plus 1%, but subject to… Read More


July 20, 2009

Week at a Glance on Capitol Hill, July 20-24

The House continues to work its way through fiscal 2010 appropriations bills, with votes on Labor-HHS-Education and Transportation-HUD bills this week. The Senate is expected to spend the week debating its defense authorization bill. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a Supreme Court… Read More


July 19, 2009

Update from Washington, DC

In two short weeks, Members of Congress will flee Washington, DC and return to their home states for a 5-week summer break.  The Senate will work one week longer, starting their summer recess period on August 7th.  Both the House and the Senate have set lofty goals for the next two (or three) weeks, which… Read More


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