Federal Relations

September 9, 2011

President Obama Annouces $447 Billion American Jobs Act

Last night in a joint address to Congress, President Obama laid forth a $447 billion plan designed to put Americans back to work and jumpstart the struggling economy. The proposed package includes $245 billion in tax cuts, $140 billion in investments in infrastructure and local aid, and $62 billion in continued unemployment benefits. To ensure…

September 7, 2011

Congress Back in Session

Congress returns to work this week after a long August recess period.  Appropriations measures will move quickly over the next few weeks, and the deficit reduction committee will begin their work.  Adding to an already busy first week back, President Obama is scheduled to release a new jobs package during an address to a joint…

Early Details of Obama’s Jobs Package Released Ahead of Tomorrow’s Speech

In light of a stalled and bleak economic recovery, President Obama is set to annouce an aggressive “Jobs” proposal in a speech before Congress tomorrow evening. While officially unconfirmed by the White House, the package apparently contains approximately $300 billion worth of tax credits, school renovation projects, job training for the unemployed, and a program…

August 31, 2011

Appropriations Outlook for Next Week

The Association of American Universities (AAU) released the following outlook today for the appropriations process scheduled to resume next week when congress returns from recess:   The Senate Appropriations Committee will begin moving its FY12 bills next week as soon as the Senate returns from the August recess on September 6.  Two bills will be marked…

August 11, 2011

Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: Timeline & Deadlines

Timeline August 16, 2011:  members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to be appointed. September 16, 2011:  Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction must hold its first meeting.   September 22, 2011:  Congress must consider a resolution of disapproval for first tranche ($900 billion) of debt limit increase.   October 1-December 31, 2011:  the House…

Deficit Reduction Committee Complete

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has tapped her three choices to serve on the deficit reduction super committee: Representatives James Clyburn (D-SC), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).  Pelosi vowed to appoint Democrats who would protect entitlement programs and push for revenue increases.  All 12 committee members are now in place.

August 10, 2011

More Super Committee Names

House Speaker John Boehner has appointed Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) as the House GOP members of the deficit reduction “super committee.”  Hensarling will be co-chairman of the committee.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also announced Wednesday the Senate…

August 9, 2011

Murray Tapped for “Super Committee”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to tap Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to serve as the co-chair of the deficit reduction super committee, which was created through the debt legislation approved last week.  According to Democratic sources, the other two picks for the Senate Democrats will be Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and John Kerry (D-MA).

August 2, 2011

Debt Deal Done!

The House approved the deficit reduction bill last night by a vote of 269-161; 95 Democrats and 66 Republicans voted against the measure.  Congressmen Adam Smith and Jim McDermott voted no, while the remaining members of our delegation voted in favor of the bill. The Senate is expected to clear deficit reduction legislation at noon today. …

August 1, 2011

NSF Launches New Innovation Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) on July 28 launched a new program to help develop basic scientific and engineering discoveries into new technologies, products, and processes.  The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is a public-private partnership among the NSF, Kauffman Foundation, and Deshpande Foundation.  The goal of the program, according to the NSF press release,…

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