Federal Relations

House Approves Comprehensive Clean Energy Bill

Late Friday night, before the commencement of a July 4th District Work Period (a.k.a. recess), the House of Representatives approved the American Clean Energy and Security Act by a slim 219-212 vote margin. The legislation; sponsored by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA),

Department of Education Revamps Student Aid Application Process

**The following press release was made available by the Department of Education on June 24th** The Obama Administration today announced a shorter, simpler, and more user friendly Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that will make it easier to apply for college financial aid. The changes—some of which are already in place while others

House FY10 Energy & Water Spending Bill Advances

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water has advanced a spending bill for fiscal year 2010. The legislation funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at the President’s Budget Request of $4.94 billion. The legislation also adds $20 million for fusion energy sciences. At this point, information on the proposed Innovation Hubs and

Senate Advances CJS and Interior-Enviornment Appropriations Bills

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations committee marked up the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill and the Interior-Environment Appropriations bill. The CJS bill funds OSTP, NASA, NSF, NOAA, and NIST among others. Interior-Environment Appropriations bill funds the NEH, NEA, EPA Office of Science, and the US Geological Survey. Highlights of the two bills are provided below. Summary: FY 2010

New OMB Guidance on Recovery Act Reporting Released

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released additional Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (OMB Memorandum M-09-21).  The guidance is available on the OMB website, and on the Recovery Act website.

NOAA OAR FY10 Appropriations Update

Late Thursday of last week, the House passed (by a vote of 259-157) its fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) measure, HR 2847. The House measure provides $4.6 B for NOAA, and strongly supports NOAA research. The request for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) in the FY 2010 President’s Budget (PB) is fully funded,

Week at a Glance: June 22-26

Source: CQ Today Print Edition Monday The House is not in session. The Senate will consider S 1023, Promoting U.S. tourism Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions marks up draft health care legislation Tuesday IN THE HOUSE The House will consider (among other legislation): HR 762            Patent number validation HR 1945          Tule River

APLU Calls for Increased College Degree Attainment

The memorandum below was released today by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). To:          APLU Presidents and Chancellors Cc:          All APLU Councils and Commissions From:      Peter McPherson, President Date:       June 22, 2009 Re:          Goal of 55% of young adults obtaining a college degree by 2025 Saturday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal contained an op-ed

House Committee Chairmen Release Health Care Proposal

SUMMARY OF DRAFT HOUSE BILL DRAFT HOUSE BILL [Provided by the American Hospital Association] House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA) today released their draft health care reform legislation. The AHA is reviewing the language and

House Moving Through FY10 Appropriations Bills

**UPDATE** On June 18th, the House of Representatives approved the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill and the House Appropriations Committee approved the Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill. Congress is currently focused on a war supplemental spending bill, health care reform, energy/climate change, and to a lesser degree student aid reform. However, the FY10 appropriations bills are moving forward in the House of

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