Federal Relations

April 12, 2016

Senate Approves FAA Reauthorization Amendments

Last night, the Senate approved a number of amendments to the FAA reauthorization measure, including amendments that would provide a five-year extension of the unmanned aircraft system test site program and impose criminal penalties for unsafe operations of unmanned aircraft. The Senate reconvenes this morning and will resume consideration of the FAA reauthorization after morning…


April 11, 2016

FY2017 Budget and Appropriations Status

Congressional leaders have not yet determined topline budget numbers for FY2017 even though Congress is supposed to pass a budget by April 15th under the Congressional Budget Act in order to begin the annual spending process. And it does not appear that House leadership has any plan ahead for passing a budget by Friday’s deadline….


April 8, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Announces Markups

Like the House, The Senate Appropriations Committee has announced will hold full committee markups of the Energy-Water and Military Construction-VA appropriations bills on Thursday, April 14. At that meeting, the committee will also disclose discretionary spending levels for individual subcommittees, known as 302(b)s.  The Senate has yet to pass its FY 2017 Budget, but Majority Leader…


House Appropriations Committee Announces Mark Ups

The House Appropriations Committee announced that they will be marking up three FY 2017 bills next week. The subcommittees for Agriculture and Energy & Water will consider their respective bills and the full committee will consider the FY 2017 Military Construction-VA bill. The committee had released a draft bill of the Military Construction-VA bill prior…


What We’re Reading This Week, April 4 – 8

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is enjoying this week. Everyone is Counted – The Supreme Court is unanimous in its decision that population counts for redistricting purposes should take into account the whole population and not simply registered voters. Read more at CNN.  Soda Tax – When Bloomberg introduced a soda tax in New…


March 31, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, March 28 – April 1

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. It’s Not The Hunger Games – It’s college acceptance letter season, and it’s not all obsessively checking the mailbox (not just because most acceptance comes electronically these days). What’s more college isn’t (despite public and Hollywood perception) all ivy covered walls and…


March 25, 2016

NIH Reinforces Commitment to Basic Science

This week Dr. Francis Collins and senior leadership at NIH published a letter in Science reinforcing the agency’s commitment to basic science and introducing a revision to our grant application instructions. The updated instructions will ensure that the public health relevance statement in grant applications better reflects the full spectrum of the NIH mission and its commitment to support…


March 24, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, March 21-25

The House and Senate headed out for the Easter Recess this week, but the news kept coming. Here is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team enjoyed reading this week. Climate Science in Science – Last week, the House Science Committee held a hearing on NOAA’s FY17 budget proposal. Overall, the hearing did not…


March 22, 2016

House Budget Crunch, Appropriators Roll On

Originally, House Republicans had planned this short work week as one to adopt the FY 2017 budget blueprint passed by the House Budget Committee last week. Passing a FY 2017 budget, despite the two year budget agreement reached last year, was to reinforce the Republican base and broadly that Republicans can rise above and lead in Washington….


House Clears Aviation Extension, Short-term Relief for FAA Reauth

On Monday night, the House cleared  a measure that would extend aviation programs through July 15, 2016, giving Congress another three and a half months for the two chambers to seek an agreement on a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Procedurally, the House  concurred with a Senate amendment to the short-term extension (HR 4721) the House had…


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