Federal Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Week at a Glance: March 23-27, 2009

March 23-27 — Senate is expected to debate and vote on national service legislation (HR 1388). March 25 — House and Senate Budget committees are likely to mark up their respective versions of a fiscal 2010 budget resolution. March 25-26 — House is expected to debate and clear public lands legislation (HR 146). In the

House Science Committee Holds Oversight Hearing on Recovery Act Funding

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) has prepared the following summary of the March 19th House Science Committee Hearing on the use of funding for science provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. NASULGC Summary The House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing on Thursday,

NIH to Air Videocast on ARRA/Recovery Act Construction Programs

The National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health, will hold a videocast on Monday, March 23, 2009, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT, to respond to questions about the application process for core facilities improvement projects (RFA-RR-09-007) and construction, renovation and repair improvement projects (RFA-RR-09-008). This session will replace the previously

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