March 13, 2014

Senate Confirms New Leadership at NSF

Last night the U.S. Senate confirmed a new director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. France Cordova. She succeeds Subra Suresh, who stepped down from NSF one year ago to become president of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An astrophysicist, Dr. Cordova earned a Ph.D in physics from the California Institute of Technology. She went… Read More


March 12, 2014

Sequestration: We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

In his FY2015 budget request, President Obama is calling for replacing the sequester but Members of Congress see little reason to open that can of worms – at least for this year. Members from both parties are saying that the two-year budget deal Congress approved in December has reduced the urgency to address future mandatory… Read More


March 10, 2014

FY2015 Appropriations Process Takes Shape

Congress returns to Capitol Hill today and will continue to debate what, and how much, help to offer Ukraine in its ongoing confrontation with Russia. The House will attempt to take up a non-binding resolution expressing support for Ukraine, but the fate of that measure is uncertain. In the Senate, members will likely pass a… Read More


March 3, 2014

FY2015 Budget Released Tomorrow

President Obama will release his FY2015 budget tomorrow, a month later than usual due to the late work on the FY2014 omnibus bill approved in January. The document is widely viewed as “dead on arrival” because appropriators already have their discretionary top-line number for the year starting October 1st. No one really expects to see… Read More


February 28, 2014

Possible New Funding to Train Primary Care Physicians

On Tuesday, President Obama will release his FY2015 budget request to Congress. We learned yesterday – while we were on Capitol Hill advocated for more Graduate Medical Education funding to train primary care physicians – that the President’s budget proposal will include: • $5.23 billion over 10 years to train 13,000 primary care residents in… Read More


February 26, 2014

FY2015 Appropriations Season Underway

House and Senate appropriators will begin their FY2015 work this week with the goal of moving all 12  annual spending bills through the legislative process before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. House and Senate appropriators are holding a trio of hearings this week ahead of next Tuesday’s White House budget release… Read More


February 24, 2014

This Week in Congress

Congress returns today from a weeklong recess. Here are a few hearings that may be of interest later in the week. THURSDAY, February 27th  Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee North Pacific Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard 10:30 AM, 253 Russell Building Senate Health, Education, Labor and… Read More


Preview of President’s Budget Request for FY2015

President Obama will release his FY2015 budget request next Tuesday. He is expected to seek a small increase in spending as called for by the December budget deal but he will avoid any “grand bargain” proposals for steep deficit cuts. Obama’s request will stick to the $1.014 billion discretionary spending caps for FY2015 set by… Read More


February 12, 2014

Senate Passes House Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling

With an impending snow storm as a powerful motivator, the Senate passed the House’s bill to suspend the debt ceiling until March 15, 2015 by a vote of 55-42. Earlier this week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas vowed to filibuster the measure since the House Republicans “caved to President Obama” and were unable extract to… Read More


UW Grads Have Huge Participation in Peace Corp

For the second year in a row, the University of Washington has ranked as the second largest Peace Corp volunteer-producing college in the country.  UW was ranked second in terms of the number of graduate= volunteers in the Peace Corp program, tied with Tulane, with 20 student volunteers each. The UW was also tied for… Read More