Federal Relations

February 21, 2011

House Passes Largely Symbolic FY11 Budget

Early Saturday morning, the House of Representatives passed a spending plan (H.R. 1) for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. The legislation would sharply reduce spending across the spectrum of government, including within research and student aid agencies. The measure passed despite unanimous Democratic opposition joined by three Republican votes against. The House vote sets…

February 16, 2011

Department of Education FY12 Budget Summary

The Department of Education has released the following summary of the President’s FY12 budget request for the agency: U.S. Department of Education Information Release 2/14/11 Deep cuts and efficiencies in several key education programs will help fund new education investments to keep American students competitive in the global economy under the proposed 2012 Obama administration…

President Issues Veto Threat on House FY11 Budget

Yesterday, Preisident Obama issued a veto threat on the spending proposal (H.R. 1) that is advancing in the House to cut $100 billion from the FY11 request. As widely reported, H.R. 1 would result in severe reductions for nearly all agencies -including those that provide research and student aid support. The Statement of Administration Policy…

February 14, 2011

President’s FY12 Budget Request

Today, President Obama released a $3.73 trillion budget request for FY12. The White House estimates that the request and projections for spending in the out-years would reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next decade. Despite reductions in overall spending, the request contains significant increases for research and development as well as some education programs….

House Proposes Deep FY11 Cuts, President Looks to FY12

The leadership of the House of Representatives has come forward with a second version of proposed cuts for fiscal year 2011. The new continuing resolution (CR) proposal is in response to criticism from deficit hawks within the Republican caucus who seek to fulfill a 2010 promise to reduce federal spending by $100 billion from what…

February 9, 2011

House Appropriations Releases List of Proposed Reductions

Today, the House Appropriations Committee released a list of 70 agencies/programs targeted for reductions from the President’s FY11 budget request. The list contains several agencies of importance to the higher education community, including: National Institutes of Health:  $1 billion below President’s request (level-funded when compared to FY2010) National Science Foundation:  $139 million below President’s request (an increase of approximately…

February 7, 2011

Congress Works to Finalize FY11 Budget

The Republican effort to roll back non-security discretionary spending to FY08 levels officially gets started this week with the return of House lawmakers from their one-week recess.  On Tuesday, House Republicans will set their new, enforceable spending limits for FY11, and later in the week unveil their package to cut spending for the remainder of…

February 2, 2011

Senate Joins Earmark Moratorium

Yesterday, Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) announced that the Senate will not advance earmark requests during the FY11 and FY12 appropriations cycles. The annoumcement follows decisions by the House of Representatives and President Obama to oppose the inclusion of special member projects in appropriations bills. Senator Inouye’s statement affirms his belief that Members of Congress should be able to direct…

January 31, 2011

Startup America Partnership

As part of the Obama Administration’s innovation agenda, the White House today announced the launch of the Startup America Partnership, a “public/private effort to promote entrepreneurship with new initiatives to encourage private sector investment in job-creating startups and small firms.”  The effort “brings together an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations,…

January 26, 2011

State of the Union Offers Encouraging News for Research

In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama urged Congress to invest in critical priorities, reorganize the government, and begin addressing growing debt and deficits in order to ensure US success in the future. Obama proposed increased spending on education, infrastructure, and research and technology — particularly clean energy technology — that…

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