Federal Relations

December 8, 2009

ARPA-E Fellowship Opportunity Announced

December 8, 2009 Department of Energy Announces Fellows Program for Advance Research Energy Projects Announcement comes on the heels of ARPA-E’s 2nd Funding Opportunity Cambridge, MA – The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced today the creation of the ARPA-E Fellows Program at an event with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s

New ARPA-E Grant Opportunities Announced

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that a second round of funding opportunities for transformational energy research projects is available through ARPA-E. At a joint event with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Secretary Chu reported that $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available to accelerate innovation in green technology,

December 7, 2009

This Week on Capitol Hill December 7-11

IN THE HOUSE The House convenes at noon on Monday to consider a number of parks and lands bills. Tuesday and The Balance Of The Week  —  The House convenes at 10 am for legislative business. Members will consider a number of bills under suspension of the rules, including an FAA extension, bills on consumer

December 2, 2009

Congressional Schedule

The Senate is off to a slow start on debating their health reform measure this week, which may force the Senate to return to DC the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day to wrap up work on a the bill. While no decisions have been made yet, Senate Leadership is warning members of the

November 30, 2009

Seen in DC in November

The pace of visitors coming to Washington DC slowed quite a bit in November, which is typical for this time of year.  In fact there were only three from campus.  The first was Randy Hodgins, Vice President of External Affairs, who was here the first week of November.  Randy and the Federal Relations team of

This Week on Capitol Hill Nov 30 – Dec 4

The Senate reconvened Monday, November 30, to begin formal debate on the health care legislation; the debate will most likely last through the month of December. The House will reconvene Tuesday at 2:00 pm, with votes postponed until 6:30 pm.  It will consider measures under suspension of the rules, including HR 3598, the Energy and Water

November 23, 2009

Dept. of Commerce Seeking Nominations for Innovation Advisory Council

The Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking nominees for a new Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship whose primary purpose is to “identify and recommend solutions to issues critical to enabling entrepreneurs and firms to successfully commercialize new ideas and technologies into high-growth, innovation-based businesses and to create new jobs.” The deadline for nominations is

November 19, 2009

Majority Leader Unveils Senate Health Care Bill

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released the long awaited health insurance reform package that merges bills advanced by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), would cost roughly $848

November 18, 2009

Timeline Slipping for Major Legislation

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) announced this week that a climate bill will not likely emerge before the spring of 2010. The announcement confirms that at least 1 of 3 (and likely all 3) of President Obama’s top legislative initiatives for 2009 will slip into 2010 -the other two being health care and

November 16, 2009

This Week on Capitol Hill November 16-20

On the House & Senate Floors The House votes Monday on a bill to increase oversight of the financial industry bailout program.  Later in the week, the House will vote on a number of small business bills and a bill to overhaul the Medicare physician pay formula (HR 3961).  The House may also take up

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