Federal Relations

116th Congress


July 27, 2020

Will We See More Appropriations and Senate “COVID 4.0” This Week?

After adopting a four-bill spending package for FY2021 last week, the House is currently scheduled to take up an even larger seven-bill “minibus” later this week, H.R. 7617.The legislation combines the FY2021 Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Labor-HHS-Education, Financial Services-General Government, Homeland Security, and Transportation-HUD measures.  As we noted last week, the Senate has yet…


July 24, 2020

First Batch of Spending Bills Clears House Floor

As expected, the House cleared its first package of FY2021 spending bills earlier this afternoon.  The four-bill batch, H. R. 7608, combines four separate pieces of legislation:  State-Foreign Operations; Agriculture; Interior and Environment; and Military Construction- Veterans Affairs.  It was adopted by a vote of 224 to 189.  A summary of H. R. 7608 is available here….


July 21, 2020

Spending Bills Move to the House Floor

After a flurry of activities in subcommittee and full committee the last two weeks, the vast majority of FY2021 spending bills is scheduled to move to the House floor this week and next for consideration by the full chamber.  Rather than considering them individually, the bills will be grouped into two different “minibus” legislative packages….


July 15, 2020

Defense, CJS Bills Approved; Last Two Bills Slated for Today

The House Appropriations Committee cleared three more FY2021 spending bills yesterday, all by votes of 30 – 22:  Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-Housing Urban Development.  Yesterday’s action leaves the last two bills for FY2021 for committee action today, the Homeland Security and Financial Services-General Government measures. The Senate has yet to take up any of its…


July 13, 2020

CJS and Defense Up Next

The House Appropriations Committee just completed its markup of the Labor-HHS and Energy and Water Development bills.  It is scheduled to take up tomorrow the FY2021 Commerce-Justice-Science and Defense bills. NSF Within the CJS bill, NSF would be funded at $8.55 billion, an increase of $270.0 million The Research and Related Activities would receive $6.97…


House Appropriations Process Marches On

The FY2021 appropriations process continues to march on in the House, for now, with two more bills slated for committee action today. This afternoon, the Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the Labor-HHS-Education and Energy and Water Development bills. Labor-HHS-Education As part of the  overall level of $47 billion for NIH, the Labor-HHS-Education bill…


July 10, 2020

House Spending Bills Continue to Move Along

The House Appropriations Committee cleared this morning two more FY2021 spending bills:  Legislative Branch and Interior.  The committee has now approved five of the 12 bills for the year.  It is slated to take up the remaining seven measures next week, with the Energy and Water Development and Labor-HHS-Education bills teed up for Monday.  On…


July 9, 2020

Appropriations Details Begin to Emerge

With a number of bills moving to the full committee stage, details contained in various appropriations bills are beginning to emerge.  For example, the House Interior Appropriations bill would provide: $25 million for the USGS Cooperative Research Units (an increase of $1 million); $41.3 million for the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers program ($3-million increase);…


July 8, 2020

FY2021 Appropriations Bills Finally Moving

With schedules and logistics thrown into complete disarray by COVID-19, progress on the FY2021 spending bills had been stalled.  The logjam has been partially broken, at least for now, in the House, with all 12 bills scheduled for markup this week. Office of Federal Relations will provide additional details as they become available.  The following…


June 18, 2020

NSF Director Confirmed by Senate

Today, the US Senate unanimously confirmed Sethuraman Panchanathan to be Director of the National Science Foundation.



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