Federal Relations

August 11, 2011

Deficit Reduction Committee Complete

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has tapped her three choices to serve on the deficit reduction super committee: Representatives James Clyburn (D-SC), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).  Pelosi vowed to appoint Democrats who would protect entitlement programs and push for revenue increases.  All 12 committee members are now in place.


August 10, 2011

More Super Committee Names

House Speaker John Boehner has appointed Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) as the House GOP members of the deficit reduction “super committee.”  Hensarling will be co-chairman of the committee.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also announced Wednesday the Senate…


August 9, 2011

Murray Tapped for “Super Committee”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to tap Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to serve as the co-chair of the deficit reduction super committee, which was created through the debt legislation approved last week.  According to Democratic sources, the other two picks for the Senate Democrats will be Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and John Kerry (D-MA).


August 2, 2011

Debt Deal Done!

The House approved the deficit reduction bill last night by a vote of 269-161; 95 Democrats and 66 Republicans voted against the measure.  Congressmen Adam Smith and Jim McDermott voted no, while the remaining members of our delegation voted in favor of the bill. The Senate is expected to clear deficit reduction legislation at noon today. …


August 1, 2011

NSF Launches New Innovation Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) on July 28 launched a new program to help develop basic scientific and engineering discoveries into new technologies, products, and processes.  The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is a public-private partnership among the NSF, Kauffman Foundation, and Deshpande Foundation.  The goal of the program, according to the NSF press release,…


Finally-A Final Debt Deal

The framework for a final deal to raise the debt ceiling is finally on the table.  The House and Senate will continue working today with a goal of pushing a bill through both chambers by tonight.  The leadership of both parties in both chambers have also agreed to commence their August recess as soon as…


July 29, 2011

House Debt Vote Delayed

House Republicans leaders were left scrambling to rewrite deficit reduction legislation after a widely anticipated vote on the proposal was canceled late Thursday.  The vote on the debt limit and deficit reduction plan could come today (Friday) if the House Speaker is able to modify his bill enough to garner the votes he needs for passage.  However,…


July 28, 2011

Senate Holds Hearing on Department of Ed FY12 Budget

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing yesterday on the Department of Education’s FY12 budget. Secretary Duncan was the witness. In his opening remarks, Duncan expressed concern that America has gone from being a world leader in education to now being “middle of the pack”.  He…


July 27, 2011

State Dept Names New Science & Technology Adviser

Late last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Dr. E. William (Bill) Colglazier as her Science & Technology Adviser.  Congress established the position of Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State in 2000; Dr. Colglazier is the fourth individual to hold the position.   Dr. Colglazier’s most recent position was Executive Officer of the…


July 26, 2011

FY12 State & Foreign Ops Bill Released

The House Appropriations Committee today released their FY12 State & Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow.  The bill includes a total of $39.6 billion in regular discretionary funding, which is $8.6 billion or 18 percent below FY11 levels and $11.23 billion below the President’s FY12 request.  Included in these reductions…


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