Federal Relations

May 9, 2016

Interesting Week Ahead

The House and Senate return to work this week, including former Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz. The Senate will try for the third time on Monday to advance its $37.5 billion fiscal 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill, but there is no indication that leaders will find the 60 votes needed to break the logjam caused by…

May 6, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, May 2-6

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Crumbles and Cracks, Cruz’s Demise – When Senator Ted Cruz emerged as Donald Trump’s sole serious challenger, Cruz needed to pivot and win over the same Republican Party insiders he had built his career running against; he needed them to rally around him….

May 4, 2016

New Lay of the Land

After a shocking defeat last night in Indiana, Senator Ted Cruz announced his withdrawal from the 2016 presidential election. The move all but assures Trump the Republican presidential nomination in July. Trump is now on course to be the first standard-bearer of a political party, who has not previously served in office, since President Dwight D….

April 29, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, April 25-29

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Federal “Affordability” Conundrum  –  The crisis of college affordability may not be solvable by the federal government: It has had much less control over tuition than state policies. Read more in The Atlantic.  On the Rise, But More to Go – Meanwhile, higher education…

April 22, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, April 18-22

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations Team is enjoying this week. M-O-N-E-Y – An initial concern about Paul Ryan becoming Speaker was the sheer quantity of fundraising that the position requires and the amount of travel that will entail. Ryan, with two school-aged kids, was honest about not wanting to spend his weekends traveling…

April 21, 2016

Senate Full Committee Approves C-J-S and T-HUD Appropriations Bills, Plus Emergency Zika Funding

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a draft FY 2017 C-J-S spending bill with $56.3 billion in discretionary spending that includes funds for efforts to combat heroin use. The FY 2017 amounts would be about $563 million above the currently enacted level, and $1.6 billion more than the Obama Administration request. Overall, it is a 1 percent increase…

April 20, 2016

Energy & Water Moves Forward with a Veto Threat

Last night, the House Appropriations Committee cleared its FY 2017 Energy & Water Appropriations legislation by voice vote, clearing the measure for Floor consideration. The bill includes $37.4 billion for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies and programs. House Democrats and Republicans sparred over language in the bill…

April 19, 2016

Senate Moves C-J-S Forward

Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science approved its $56.3 billion FY 2017 legislation on a bipartisan voice vote, boosting the spending allocation by 1 percent over current levels. The full bill text is expected to be released when the legislation is marked up by the full committee Thursday. Overall, the bill would provide a $71 million boost, to…

OSTP Internship

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Fall Policy Internship Program.  The application deadline is June 17, 2016.  Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be enrolled in, or have just graduated from, an academic program should feel free to apply. More information and application instructions are available…

April 18, 2016

Senate Moves Forward on Budget

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) filed a budget motion in the Senate today to establish discretionary spending topline numbers, known as 302(b)s for FY2017. The move allows appropriations work to begin in earnest as the Seante prepares to take up its Energy-Water measure (S 2804) this week. Enzi set the budget limits at $551 billion…

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