March 6, 2009

FY09 Omnibus Delayed

The Senate was unable to pass the FY’09 Omnibus bill last night and now plans to approve a short-term continuing resolution (CR) sometime today.  The current CR expires midnight tonight (March 6).  The new CR is expected to run through midnight Tuesday, by which time Democratic leaders hope to clear the nine-bill, $410 billion spending… Read More


March 5, 2009

House and Senate Judiciary Committees Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

On March 3rd, the House and Senate judiciary committees introduced bipartisan patent reform legislation. The legislation has been considered by the previous two Congresses with little result to date. The Patent Reform Act of 2009 was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and by Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Lamar Smith… Read More


Federal Agencies Create Websites for Recovery Act Funds

Several federal agencies have created websites that will be utilized to provide guidelines/ updates on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding. See below for access. Federal Government Recovery Act Overview National Institutes of Health    Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research    Overview Information    Review Criteria and Processes for Recovery Act… Read More


March 4, 2009

NIH Announces ARRA Challenge Grant RFA

Introducing the NIH Challenge Grant RFA OD-09-003 NIH has received new funds for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (Recovery Act). The NIH has designated at least $200 million in FYs 2009 – 2010 for a new initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in… Read More


March 3, 2009

Senator Cantwell Issues Statement on Nomination of Gary Locke

Cantwell Welcomes Governor Gary Locke’s Appointment as Secretary of Commerce As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, and a Washingtonian, I am excited that former Governor Gary Locke has been nominated for Secretary of Commerce. As the country begins to tackle the tough… Read More


Education Stimulus Funds Scrutinized

A leading Congressional Republican is asking Education Secretary Arne Duncan for significantly more information about how the department plans to spend $100 billion in new funds from the economic stimulus package and to monitor how the money is used. Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon wrote to Duncan last week to ask how the department will… Read More


FY09 Budget in the Senate

The Senate will begin voting today on amendments to the FY’09 omnibus spending bill.  One amendment, offered by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), would simply extend the current continuing resolution (CR) for the remainder of the year.  The current CR, which funds most all domestic agencies and the State Department at 2008 levels, expires midnight Friday,… Read More


CBO Says Stimulus Will Create Jobs

The economic recovery law enacted last month could create up to 3.6 million jobs by the end of 2010, equaling the Obama administration’s claim the measure will create 3.5 million jobs in that time, according to a final cost estimate of the legislation released Monday by CBO. For job creation, CBO estimates the bill could… Read More


UW FY10 Federal Agenda Project Sheets Available

Below, please find individual projects information sheets for the initiatives selected for the UW Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda. The projects identified below combined with a forthcoming set of federal agency/program funding recommendations constitute the University’s primary federal advocacy plan for the coming year. Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)… Read More


March 2, 2009

President Obama Rounds Out Cabinet

Today, President Obama nominated Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to serving as Governor of Kansas, Sebelius served as the state’s insurance commissioner for eight years. The Sebelius pick has, thus far, drawn bipartisan praise from the Senate. If Sebelius and Commerce Secretary-designate Gary Locke (D-WA)… Read More