June 11, 2009

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


VA Medical and Health Centers to Receive ARRA Funding

President Obama and Vice President Biden today released a plan to create or save more than 600,000 jobs over the next 100 days by accelerating implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Roadmap to Recovery plan includes a Department of Health and Human Services project to enable 1,129 health centers to expand access… Read More


June 9, 2009

Secretary of Education Calls for Measurable School Reforms

FOR RELEASE: June 8, 2009  Contact: John White, Press Secretary (202) 401-1576 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today that school reforms should be monitored and judged by results that can be backed up by research proving their effectiveness. Speaking at the fourth annual conference of the Institute of Education Sciences, Duncan told an… Read More


June 8, 2009

Week at a Glance June 8-12

Monday, June 8th ·        Senate resumes consideration of HR 1256, Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  A cloture vote on a substitute amendment to the bill is expected.  ·        The House will take up several measures under suspension of the rules. HR 1736 — International Science and Technology Cooperation    Act of 2009 HR 1709 — STEM… Read More


Senator Feingold Introduces Bill to Help Displaced Workers

Senator Feingold on Helping Displaced Workers Find Health Care Jobs Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold introduced legislation today to help displaced workers in communities hit hard by the tough economy retrain for high-demand health care jobs. Feingold’s Community-Based Health Care Retraining Act specifically targets communities that have suffered job… Read More


June 3, 2009

DOE Issues Grant Solicitation for Wind Energy Consortia between Universities and Industry

June 02, 2009 DOE has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled, “Recovery Act: Wind Energy Consortia between Institutions of Higher Learning and Industry.” This funding was originally announced by Secretary Chu on April 29. The FOA provides $24 million for the development of consortia between universities and industry to focus on critical wind energy… Read More


President Obama Nominates Former Congressman to Chair NEH

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2009 President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate former GOP Congressman Jim Leach as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate former Republican Congressman Jim Leach as Chairman of the… Read More


Seen in DC

Elaine Faustman, UW professor and Director of the UW Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research, met with UW Federal Relations Director Christy Gullion and staff from the offices of Representatives McDermott and Reichert on May 8th. She was in DC to discuss the Center and sources of funding.  The Center was formed to learn… Read More


June 1, 2009

Week at a Glance on Capitol Hill June 1-5

Congress returns this week for a four-week stretch in which Democratic leaders hope for quick progress toward writing the 12 regular appropriations bills and plan to push ahead on sweeping global warming and health care legislation. Monday, June 1 Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. and will begin consideration of the motion to proceed to a… Read More