Federal Relations

January 14, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, January 11-15

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Anti Trump – As the campaign trail gets evermore hostile in rhetoric, House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to convey a different type of Republican party during the election season. Read more in The Washington Post.  Blame Canada – Presidential candidate and…


January 13, 2016

Final Obama State of the Union

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama hit a range of topics, from climate change, curing cancer, reforming criminal sentencing, campaign finance reform, and Cuba. The President made a pointed appeal for congressional cooperation this year on only a handful of legislative matters. None were the sort of bold new proposals that would have…


January 12, 2016

State of the Union, Tonight

President Obama will address a joint session of Congress this evening in the annual State of the Union Address. It will be Obama’s seventh and final State of the Union address. Typically, the final address is used as a roadmap for the party and the presidential election to come (or already in full swing), and…


January 8, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, January 4-8

Happy New Year! Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has been reading this week. Retail Politics – How a politician comes across in ads and in debates can be very different from how they are day-to-day. Here’s one reporter, who’s been traveling with Cruz campaign, take on candidate. Read more in The Washington Post….


January 7, 2016

President’s FY 2017 Budget Delayed

The Office of Management and Budget announced that the President’s FY 2017 Budget proposal will be delayed until February 9th. The President’s budget is statutorily required to be presented to Congress the first Monday of February, which this year is February 1st. A delay on the budget transmission is not a new event for the…


January 4, 2016

Lobbying Disclosure Forms Due Wednesday, January 13

If you engaged in federal lobbying activities between October 1 and December 31, 2015, please complete the federal lobbying disclosure form and return it to the Office of Federal Relations (McKinzie Strait – mckinzie@uw.edu) by close of business Wednesday, January 13.  Background According to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which became…


Happy New Year!

The 114th Congress is back in action this week for the second legislative session. The House reconvenes tomorrow and the Senate will return on Monday, January 11th. The 2016 Congressional calendar boasts roughly 110 legislative voting days with plenty of 4-day weekends and an early summer recess – beginning in July and running through Labor…


December 21, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, December 21-25

Happy Holidays! Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Tax 2.0 – Congressional leadership is saying that passage of a major tax deal has increased the chances that Congress will tackle tax reform in 2017. Read more at The Hill.  Big Boost – Congress passes a 2016 spending and tax bill…


December 18, 2015

Congress Passes $1.8 Trillion FY 2016 Spending and Tax Extension Bill

This morning the House & Senate approved a $1.8 trillion fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown and funding the federal establishment through September 2016. The measure passed with a 316-113 vote in the House followed by a 65-33 vote in the Senate. President Obama is said to sign the measure into…


What We’re Reading This Week, December 14-18

Here is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Long View – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016-2020: Turning Discovery Into Health.   The plan focuses on four essential, interdependent objectives that will help guide NIH’s priorities over the next five years as it pursues…


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