March 30, 2009

The Week at a Glance: March 30-April 3, 2009

March 30- April 3- House and Senate to debate and vote April 3 on the fiscal 2010 budget resolution. March 30 – House to debate and vote on national service legislation (HR 1388). March 31 – Election in New York’s 20th District to replace Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. April 1-3 – House to debate and vote… Read More


March 27, 2009

US Department of Energy Announces Key Administrtation Post

The President made the following announcement this afternoon regarding Department of Energy nominations. Cathy Zoi, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy In January 2007, Cathy Zoi joined the Alliance for Climate Protection as its founding CEO. Established and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore, the Alliance is… Read More


FY10 Budget Resolution Moves Forward

Yesterday, the Senate Budget Committee approved its FY10 budget resolution following similar action in the House the day before.  The White House Budget Director applauded House and Senate committee approval of their budgets, noting they include the administration’s top priorities.   Both the House and Senate will take floor action on their proposals sometime next week…. Read More


March 26, 2009

First Confirmation Hearing Set for Sebelius

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee scheduled the first of two confirmation hearings on the nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.  That hearing will take place on March 31.  The second hearing will be in the Senate Finance Committee, which also has jurisdiction… Read More


Senator Murray Will Introduce Bill to Aid Trauma Centers

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) held a press conference today to announce the introduction of the National Trauma Center Stabilization Act.  She was accompanied by two representatives from the National Foundation for Trauma Care, Dr. Ronald Maier from Harborview Hospital in Seattle, and trauma surgeons from the Medical College of South Carolina, Ohio State University, University… Read More


Omnibus Lands Measure Ready for Obama’s Signature

The House yesterday passed HR 146, which contains more than 150 measures to designate more than 2 million acres of new wilderness areas, including wild and scenic rivers, historic sites, scenic trails and protected lands.  This should have been a non-controversial bill, but disagreement arose over the issue of gun rights in national parks.   The… Read More


March 25, 2009

Locke Confirmed as Commerce Secretary

The Senate confirmed former Washington State Governor Gary Locke as Commerce Secretary yesterday. As Secretary, Locke will oversee National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service, as well as the census, some international trade issues, and the switch to digital TV. Read more


March 24, 2009

AAU Provides Humanities Advocacy Materials

The Association of American Universities has posted on its website materials for advocacy on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The materials include a document on the importance of NEH and the humanities—with a focus on the restoration of funding for core program divisions and the creation of a new graduate education program—with… Read More


NSF Provides Details on Recovery Act Spending Plans

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released details on how it will spend funding provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Key points of the NSF plan include the following: NSF will use a large share of its ARRA funding to address the backlog of existing proposals.  The notice states, “With the… Read More


NOAA and OSTP Heads Confirmed by Senate, Agency Developing Spending Plans

On March 19th, the Senate confirmed John Holdren as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Jane Lubchenco as Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Both nominations had been placed on hold. Some senators attempted to bring about changes in unrelated legislative issues by blocking the… Read More