Federal Relations

November 22, 2019

What We’re Reading this Week (November 18th-22nd, 2019)

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has read this week. Public Impeachment Hearings: The House Intelligence Committee has been holding public hearings related to the impeachment inquiry. Key figures have had the chance to testify publicly regarding what they knew and heard in the events surrounding the infamous Ukraine call. The…

November 20, 2019

House Approves 2nd CR

The House approved yesterday afternoon the second continuing resolution by a vote of 231 to 192. It must now be cleared by both the Senate and the President before midnight Friday morning in order to prevent a government shutdown.

November 19, 2019

2nd CR Teed Up

The House is scheduled to take up a second continuing resolution (CR) later today that would keep the federal government funded past midnight Friday morning, when the current CR expires. It must be passed and signed into law by Thursday night to avoid a shutdown. The new CR would extend current funding for all federal agencies…

November 18, 2019

UW Professor Testifying Before House Committee

On Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 Dr. Cliff Mass from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences will testify before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The hearing is titled A Task of Epic Proportions: Reclaiming US Leadership in Weather Modeling and Prediction. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 EST, and you can watch it here.

November 15, 2019

What We’re Reading this Week (November 12th-15th, 2019)

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has read this week. House Begins Public Impeachment Hearings: On Wednesday the House Intelligence Committee began public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The former US Chargé d’affaires in Ukraine Bill Taylor and the former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and…

November 13, 2019

Don’t Forget, the Current CR Expires Next Week

While a large swath of Washington is preoccupied with the public impeachment hearings, which started earlier today, senior appropriators met yesterday to figure out a path forward on how to keep the government open past next Thursday.  The current continuing resolution, which has kept the federal government open since October 1, expires at midnight, November…

Opposing the EPA “Transparency Rule”

On November 13th, UW signed onto a letter circulated by the Michael J Fox Foundation to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The letter opposes the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule, which would require raw data to be made publicly available when it is used to formulate new regulations. UW is joined by over…

November 12, 2019


The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments for Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California (18-587). Consolidated with similar cases, the Court will hear arguments related to the Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Considered one of the major cases…

November 8, 2019

What We’re Reading this Week (November 4th-8th, 2019)

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has read this week. US and China to Rollback Tariffs: The US and China have entered “extensive and serious discussions” to rollback tariffs. This would be done in phases, and is expected to greatly improve global economic output. More at Politico. Republicans Seek Whistleblower Testimony:…

November 7, 2019

Idea Floating for New Research-Funding Entity

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is considering a draft proposal for a new entity which would spend $100 billion over five years on research related to artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and 5G technology. The tentative name for the proposed organization is the “National Science and Technology Foundation”. It would be a subsidiary of the National…

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