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September 16, 2019

UW Joins Call for Congressional Action on DACA

On Friday, August 30th UW signed a letter, alongside nearly 600 other US higher education institutions, urging Congress to take swift, bipartisan action on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The letter was circulated by The American Council on Education and is addressed to leadership in both the House and Senate. DACA provides a two-year…


August 2, 2019

Spending Deal Signed Into Law

After clearing the Senate yesterday by a 67-28 margin, H. R. 3877, the two-year spending deal, was signed into law earlier today by the president. The law increases the discretionary spending levels for FY2020 and FY2021, effectively ending the last two years of potentially draconian spending cuts called for by the Budget Control Act of…


July 23, 2019

Budget and Debt Limit Agreement Reached

Following a series of phone calls and in-person negotiations, an agreement was reached last evening that would, if signed into law, raise both the debt limit and the spending levels for next year and FY2021.  Shortly after President Trump announced that a deal was agreed to, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck…


May 16, 2019

White House to Unveil New Immigration Plan

In a speech later today at the White House, President Trump is expected unveil a new immigration plan, one that is expected to be opposed by those on the left and the right.  The biggest part of the proposal is a move to a “merit-based” immigration system, one that moves away from the family-based immigration…


May 10, 2019

Patrick Shanahan To Be Nominated as Defense Secretary

The White House announced yesterday that the President intends to nominate Patrick Shanahan as the next Secretary of Defense.  Shanahan, the former Boeing executive and University of Washington regent, has been serving as the acting secretary since the beginning of the year after the resignation of Jim Mattis.  While he is expected to face a…


April 30, 2019

NIH Slated for $2-billion Increase in House Bill

With their first spending bill for FY2020, the House Democrats clearly signaled that they have no interest in going along with many, if not most, of the proposed cuts from the Trump Administration, especially in the social welfare arena.  The FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education bill is scheduled to be marked up by the subcommittee this afternoon. The bill would…


March 22, 2019

Executive Order on Colleges and Universities Issued

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that seeks to address two allegations made against higher education:  1) colleges and universities stifle the free speech rights of conservative students and organizations; and, 2) institutions of higher education do not provide enough useful data about themselves to students and the public with respect to a host of issues,…


March 13, 2019

Additional Information About FY2020 Budget Proposal Available

Additional details about the President’s FY2020 budget requests for various agencies are becoming available.  In the bigger picture, this additional level of information is not as detailed as what we expect to see later this spring. For example, the top line USGS budget document shows that the Administration proposes to eliminate the Cooperative Research Unit program…


March 11, 2019

President’s FY2020 Budget

Today, the Administration released its FY 2020 President’s budget request (PBR) to Congress. This budget is the first step in the annual Congressional appropriations cycle. The annual PBR is a political and policy document indicative of the goals of the  Administration for the coming year. The $4.7 trillion FY 2020 budget released today would sharply reduce spending…


March 4, 2019

Senate Likely to Disapprove National Emergency Declaration

Over the weekend, a fourth Republican Senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, expressed his support for the resolution disapproving the president’s declaration of a national emergency on the Southern border.  Paul joins Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina in publicly declaring their support for the resolution.  A number…



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