Federal Relations

April 25, 2014

Appropriations Bills Set for House Floor Consideration Next Week

House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced today that the House will consider the first of its 12 appropriations bills for FY15 next week. The bills up for consideration are Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (H.R. 4486) and Legislative Branch (H.R. 4487).  The next appropriations bill in line is Commerce-Justice-Science, which is expected to be marked up in…


April 7, 2014

This Week in Congress

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Biofuels and the Economy Full Committee Hearing 10 AM; 328-A Russell Building Senate Armed Services Defense Science and Technology Enterprise Subcommittee Hearing 2:15 PM; 222 Russell Building WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation S 2030 – Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2014 Full…


April 3, 2014

First Two FY 2015 Bills to Advance

The first two FY 2015 bills are set to move through the House Appropriations subcommittees today: Military Construction-VA and Legislative Branch. The Military Construction-VA bill proposes $71.5 billion in discretionary spending for the VA and the military construction accounts of the Defense Department, a decrease of $1.8 billion from the FY 2014 enacted level, with…


April 1, 2014

Ryan Reveals House FY15 Budget

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled the House FY15 Budget today. The measure proposes to cut $5.1 trillion over a decade in a bid to erase the federal deficit, while calling once again for dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the tax code. The House proposal would significantly reduce federal support for college access. The Ryan…


March 31, 2014

This Week in Congress

Here are a few hearings that we’re looking forward to this week. The appropriations process is moving forward and a full list of appropriations hearings can be found on the Senate Appropriations Committee website and the House Appropriations Committee website. TUESDAY, APRIL 1 Senate Budget Economic Mobility and Inequality Full Committee Hearing 10 AM, 608…


This Week: Doc Fix, Unemployment Benefits, and Budget

The House is not in session today, but the Senate is and is expected to advance another short-term fix to Medicare’s payment system, or the “doc fix.” The yearlong patch (HR 4302) would extend Medicare payments to physicians and prevent cuts to Medicare payment rates that were expected to take place in April without congressional intervention….


March 24, 2014

House Budget Resolution Emerging

Congress returns work today after a one-week recess. They face a full agenda that includes figuring out how to respond to the situation in Crimea and deciding if a deal can be found to permanently address the “doc fix,” or if another short-term patch is needed (likely). Lawmakers have also scheduled a number of appropriations…


March 13, 2014

Senate Confirms New Leadership at NSF

Last night the U.S. Senate confirmed a new director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. France Cordova. She succeeds Subra Suresh, who stepped down from NSF one year ago to become president of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An astrophysicist, Dr. Cordova earned a Ph.D in physics from the California Institute of Technology. She went…


March 12, 2014

Sequestration: We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

In his FY2015 budget request, President Obama is calling for replacing the sequester but Members of Congress see little reason to open that can of worms – at least for this year. Members from both parties are saying that the two-year budget deal Congress approved in December has reduced the urgency to address future mandatory…


March 10, 2014

FY2015 Appropriations Process Takes Shape

Congress returns to Capitol Hill today and will continue to debate what, and how much, help to offer Ukraine in its ongoing confrontation with Russia. The House will attempt to take up a non-binding resolution expressing support for Ukraine, but the fate of that measure is uncertain. In the Senate, members will likely pass a…


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