Federal Relations

January 31, 2020

What We’re Reading this Week (January 27th-31st, 2020)

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has read this week. Senate Impeachment Trial: Despite recent revelations of possible damaging evidence from Ambassador John Bolton, former National Security Advisor to President Trump, it appears Senate Republicans will move to swiftly acquit President Trump as early as Friday afternoon or Saturday. The key question…

January 17, 2020

What We’re Reading this Week (January 13th-17th, 2020)

Below is a selection of articles the federal relations team has read this week. Impeachment Goes to the Senate: The House of Representatives sent articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate. Seven House Democrats were selected as prosecutors in the case, including Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold…

January 10, 2020

What We’re Reading this Week (January 6th-10th, 2020)

Congress Back: Congress is back in session for 2020 as of January 7th. Catch live updates at Roll Call. Trump Battling Iran: Tensions with Iran escalated over the past few days after President Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Qasem Soleimani. Iran retaliated by launching missiles at military bases in Iraq which…

December 23, 2019

It’s Official

The president signed the two FY2020 appropriations package late Friday, officially averting a shutdown. There are approximately only nine months left in the current fiscal year, as FY2021 starts October 1, 2020.

December 20, 2019

What We’re Reading this Week

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team read this week. President Trump Impeached- President Trump was officially impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening. Now, he must face a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate which will determine if he is removed from office. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)…

December 19, 2019

Now, They’re Ready to be Signed

Earlier today, the Senate cleared the two packages of FY2020 spending bills, which were approved by the House on Tuesday. The Senate approved the eight-bill “non-security” measure first and then followed that up with the four-bill “security” package. The bills will now be sent to the President for his signature.

New NSF Director to be Nominated

Today, the President announced the intent to nominate Sethuraman Panchanathan of Arizona State University, to be the director of the National Science Foundation. Currently, Panchanathan serves as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at ASU. The NSF director serves a 6 year term. Current director, Dr. France A. Córdova, has served since March…

December 17, 2019

House Passes FY2020 Appropriations Measures

The House passed two spending packages of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund federal agencies through FY20. The current federal funding continuing resolution expires at midnight Friday. The Senate is expected to clear the pair of bills for President Donald Trump’s signature later this week. The bipartisan agreement provides $49 billion in extra funding across the government and includes…

The FY2020 Deal

After weeks of negotiations, Congressional leaders released last evening the long-awaited texts of the FY2020 appropriations bills. As we noted before, the 12 bills were combined into two massive legislative packages.  The first package is the “defense” package and consists of the Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Financial Services-General Government, and Homeland Security measures.  The second “non-defense”…

December 16, 2019

What Do the Details Look Like?

While the details have yet to be released, a deal on the 12 spending bills for FY2020 has been reached among the Congressional leaders themselves and, apparently, with the White House.  The deal would provide the Trump Administration $1.375 billion for a Southern wall, much less than the $5 billion it wanted; funding for the…

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