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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

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…


October 29, 2019

House Ed & Labor Marks Up HEA

The House Education and Labor Committee is scheduled to mark up this morning the HEA reauthorization legislation that was introduced approximately two weeks ago.  Yesterday, an amendment to the bill that would essentially serve as the substitute to the original at the markup session was filed.   We expect the markup to be fairly partisan,…


October 4, 2019

What We’re Reading this Week (September 30th-October 4th, 2019)

Here is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has enjoyed reading this week. California to Allow Athletes to Profit from Image: California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill which would allow athletes at California universities to enter into brand deals, and profit from their image and likeness. The NCAA objects to this…


June 20, 2019

First Spending Package Adopted

The House adopted yesterday by a vote of 226 to 203 H.R. 2740, the first set of spending bills for FY2020. Shortly after its passage, the chamber started debate on the next set of measures, a five-bill package, which includes the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture, Interior and Environment, Transportation and Housing, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bills.  Due…


May 15, 2019

Appropriations Process Marches On In House

As scheduled, three different subcommittees approved their respective FY2020 appropriations bills earlier today.  No full committee markup date has been for the three measures– the Defense, Energy and Water Development, and Interior bills. Detailed reports for the bills have not yet been released. The full Appropriations Committee is slated to take up the State-Foreign Operations…


May 8, 2019

More Details of House Labor-HHS Bill Available

When the House Appropriations Committee convenes later this morning, it will take up a Labor-HHS-Education measure that includes increases for myriad programs of importance to the University of Washington. Biomedical/health-care In the arena of biomedical research and health-care related matters, as previously noted, the bill would increase funding to NIH by $2 billion to $41.1…


January 16, 2019

House Democrats Announce Appropriations Subcommittee Membership

Today the House Democrats announced subcommittee membership for the House Appropriations Committee. Of note, Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will serve on the Defense, Energy-Water, and Interior-Environment subcommittees. The full list is below. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Sanford Bishop Jr. (GA) – Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT) Chellie Pingree (ME) Mark…


June 6, 2018

Trump to Announce Sweeping Reorg of Federal Gov’t

Today Politco is reporting that “The Trump administration is preparing to release a sweeping plan for reorganizing the federal government that includes a major consolidation of welfare programs — and a renaming of the Health and Human Services Department. The report, set to be released in the coming weeks by the White House OMB, seeks…



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