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June 9, 2017

National Academies Report Highlights Importance of SBE

The National Academies earlier today released a report that highlights the contributions that social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences make to the mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Among its other recommendations, the report calls on the NSF to conduct a systematic review of SBE define its priorities and the resources needed more clearly.


New Class of Astronauts Announced

On June 7, NASA announced its 2017 class of astronaut candidates. More than 18,300 individuals applied and a dozen were chosen by NASA. Read more here and here.


What We’re Reading, June 5- 9

Here is a selection of news articles the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. Well, That Didn’t Work Out the Way It Was Supposed To – After calling for a snap election that was intended to enhance their control of the British Parliament ahead of the “Brexit” negotiations, the Conservatives in Britain suffered quite a…


June 8, 2017

It’s Comey day in the Senate Intelligence Committee

All eyes are on the US Senate this morning as former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Russian collusion with the Trump Campaign. Comey’s written testimony can be viewed here, or you may watch the…


June 7, 2017

Trump Nominates Christopher Wray for FBI Director

This morning President Trump tweeted that he intends to nominate Christopher Wray to replace James Comey as FBI director. Wray served in the George W. Bush administration as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division. More recently and in the private sector, Wray represented New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the “bridgegate” scandal.


Collins to Stay On as NIH Director

Yesterday, the White House announced that Dr. Francis Collins will continue to serve as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Collins has led the NIH since 2009 and previously led the NIH Human Genome Research Institute. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders wrote a letter to the President asking him…


June 5, 2017

This week in Congress, June 5-9

Here is a selection of committee meetings this week. United States Senate Senate Armed Services DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION/FUTURE YEARS June 6, 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing Senate Appropriations EDUCATION BUDGET June 6, 10 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Appropriations DEFENSE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION/FAMILY HOUSING BUDGET June 6, 2:30 p.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg….


May 30, 2017

This Week in Congress, May 30 – June 2

This week both chambers are in recess. The Senate returns to DC on Monday, June 5th, and the House returns Tuesday, June 6th.


Memorial Day Recess, Health Care & Tax Reform Slowly Move, Omnibus Already?

The House and Senate are in recess to observe Memorial Day this week. Members returned to their home districts to work as efforts continue behind the scenes in DC on health care and tax reform. Health care continues to be a big unknown in the Senate. According to the most recent impact analysis released by the Congressional…


May 26, 2017

What We’re Reading, May 22-26

Here is a selection of article the Office of Federal Relations is reading this week. Montana Special Election – The special election to fill Montana’s U.S. House seat took a weird turn on Wednesday night when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, reportedly body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. What effect all this will have on today’s special…


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