June 19, 2009

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… Read More


June 18, 2009

WA Members Participate in Baseball Game for Charity

On a rainy Wednesday evening in the nation’s capital, Members of Congress took the field at Nationals Park for the 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Democrats faced off against Republicans in a battle no less spirited than is typically seen on the Hill. Heading into the game, Republicans held an impressive 33-14 win-loss record. However,… Read More


June 17, 2009

CBO Analysis Dims Prospects of a Pell Entitlement

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis of the fiscal impact of President Obama’s FY10 Budget Request. The analysis looks at the budget request broadly, as well as focuses in on some of President Obama’s major proposals on health care and student aid. Of particular note, CBO revised down — from $94… Read More


Rep. McMorris Rodgers Possible Ranking Member on Education and Labor

**UPDATE** The new Ranking Member on Education and Labor is John Kline (R-MN). Earlier this week, it was announced that Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon (R-CA), the Ranking Member on the House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, is leaving the panel to take the same position on the House Armed Services Committee. McKeon’s departure… Read More


June 16, 2009

AAMC Conference Materials Available

Last week, June 9-10, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) held a conference of government relations representatives. Several topics were discussed including: health care reform, health information technology funding, and Recovery Act opportunities and challenges. Conference materials have been made available in electronic format, and can be accessed via the links below. ResearchMeansHope.org Campaign… Read More


June 15, 2009

COGR Releases Summer Update

The Council on Government Relations (COGR) has released its summer 2009 update, which details new and proposed federal agency guidelines of interest to the higher education community. Topics discussed include: NIH Stem Cell Guidelines Scientific Integrity IRB Accountability NIH Financial Conflicts of Interest Update on Recovery Act Activities and Issues  F&A Rate Proposals and Negotiations… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hill, June 15-19

Monday, June 15 ·         Senate reconvenes at 1:45pm.  No roll call votes. ·         House reconvenes at 2:00 pm to take up measures under suspension of the rules.   Tuesday, June 16 In the Senate: Senate will be in session. ·         Appropriations Subcommittees hearings for Fiscal Year 2010 on Defense; Energy and Water; Financial Services and… Read More


June 11, 2009

AAU and AAMC Urge Response to Proposed Rule

The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have submitted joint comments (link below) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on strengthening the regulatory framework governing conflicts of interest in federally funded research.  The letter responds to a May 8 Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) issued… Read More


Health Care Providers to Receive Help with Student Debt

[The following is a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services] Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of nearly $200 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support student loan repayments for primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians who want to work at… Read More


June 10, 2009

House and Senate Announce Health Reform Legislation

Senate panel announces health reform legislation Democrats on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today released health reform legislation, saying they will continue to discuss key outstanding issues, including a public plan option and coverage requirement for employers, with Republicans on the committee. Committee Chairman Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) said the legislation… Read More