February 17, 2009

President Signs Economic Recovery Package as Agencies Prepare

Today, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As previously discussed on this site, the legislation provides critical funding for research and student aid. Additionally, assistance is included for state governments so that they are able to lessen the severity of cuts to education and other critical services. At present, the… Read More


Brookings Institution Releases Energy R&D Proposal

Last week, the Brookings Institution released a proposal to establish a network of regional energy discovery and innovation institutes (e-DIIs). According to the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the e-DIIs would support the overarching goals of renewing America’s economy, promoting energy independence, and addressing climate change. Cities that are currently leaders in innovation, like Seattle, would… Read More


February 13, 2009

Senator Cantwell Picked to Head Energy Subcommittee

The scope of the subcommittee includes such issues as climate change and renewable energy. Senator Cantwell intends to focus much of the subcommittee’s efforts on advancing clean energy initiatives. According to a news release from the Senator’s office, “Renewable energy, smart grid technologies, research at national labs, energy market regulation and nuclear waste cleanup are… Read More


Economic Recovery Package Finalized

House and Senate negotiators have finalized an economic recovery package conference report, which passed the House on a largely party-line vote Friday afternoon and will pass the Senate in the late evening. The $787 billion package includes significant funding for research and student aid, but does not provide resources desired specifically for higher education infrastructure… Read More


February 12, 2009

Speaker Pelosi Releases Fact Sheet on Economic Recovery Package Conference Report

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the fact sheet below on the economic recovery package conference report that is being prepared for a final vote in the House and Senate. The information below should be treated as preliminary. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. The conference report on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act… Read More


February 11, 2009

House and Senate Reach Agreement on Recovery Package

House and Senate negotiatiors, in collaboration with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, worked throughout Tuesday night and well into Wednesday to reach an agreement on a $789 billion economic recovery package. The proposed bill is less than the figures that emerged from the House and… Read More


February 10, 2009

Office of Federal Relations Launches New Website and Blog

The Office of Federal Relations (OFR) is pleased to present a new website and blog, which will help increase the level of connectedness between campus and Washington, DC. The new website features links that will enable you to  navigate the higher education associations, review background information on the legislative process, obtain current legislative information and… Read More


Senate Approves Economic Recovery Package

As expected, late Monday afternoon, the Senate voted to advance the “Nelson-Collins Amendment” to the proposed economic recovery package. The amendment, drafted primarily by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME), trimmed the size of the underlying economic recovery bill by approximately $100 billion and garnered enough support (on a 61-36 vote ending debate)… Read More


Cabinet Nominations Create Difficulties for President

The confirmation process for President-elect Obama’s remaining cabinet nominees went somewhat off track last week; as Tom Daschle’s nomination was derailed due to federal income tax issues. Mr. Daschle’s decision to withdraw from the confirmation process was seen as a significant setback by those seeking to advance health care reform later this year. The former… Read More


February 9, 2009

Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda

Project Title Project Description Amount Funding Mechanism Appropriations Bill and Account Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) Supports the development of new methods for deployment training and reset training of soldiers in the Madigan Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Unit, as well as reintegration training of physicians and civilian reservists in the Pacific Northwest;… Read More