Federal Relations

September 29, 2021

Negotiations Still Continue on Infrastructure, Reconciliation Packages

Even with the deadline to keep the government open past Thursday quickly approaching, furious negotiations are still taking place among Democrats over both the infrastructure and budget reconciliation packages.  Thursday is also the day when the House is scheduled to vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill.  Whether that deadline– set by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)–…

September 28, 2021

Clocks Continues to Tick on Shutdown, Debt Ceiling

As predicted, the Senate yesterday was not able to adopt the House-passed legislation that would keep the government funded past midnight Friday and raise the debt ceiling through mid-December 2022.  As promised, no Senate Republicans voted to move the measure forward for a vote.  While Senate Republicans have publicly supported keeping the government open and…

September 27, 2021

House to Start Debate on Infrastructure Bill Today

After nonstop negotiations with different factions of her own party late last week and through the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) scheduled the floor debate on the bipartisan infrastructure package f to start today. The House leadership finds itself in a tough spot, as a group of Democratic progressives have insisted that they would not…

September 22, 2021

White House Releases PCAST Membership

Earlier today, the White House announced the members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  PCAST is tasked with offering policy recommendations to the President in the areas of science, technology, and innovation. The list of members and their backgrounds are available here.

House Passes CR But Debt Ceiling Remains Uncertain

As expected, the House passed yesterday by a vote of 220 – 211 the continuing resolution package that would keep the government funded through December 3 while also lifting the debt ceiling through mid-December, 2022.  Like most of their Senate counterparts, House Republicans voiced strong opposition to the lifting of the debt ceiling and voted…

September 21, 2021

Continuing Resolution Introduced

With FY2022 scheduled to start October 1 and no funding bills yet signed into law, a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government funded through December 3 has been unveiled.  It also includes a host of “anomalies,” minor changes and corrections that are needed to ensure that no major changes in federal programs are…

September 20, 2021

Immigration Reconciliation Provisions a No-Go in Senate

As noted previously, whether provisions that would make sweeping changes in immigration law, including those around DACA, would be allowed under budget reconciliation instructions would depend on a ruling by he Senate Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian ruled last night that they would not be allowed in the reconciliation package. In essence, the Parliamentarian ruled that massive…

September 17, 2021

House Committees Do Their Part on Reconciliation

As instructed by their budget reconciliation instructions, 13 House committees wrapped up by yesterday their respective portions of the $3.5 trillion budget package.  The different pieces will be combined into a single vehicle by the House Budget Committee.  The package represents one of the center pieces of the Biden Administration’s domestic agenda.  There has not…

September 1, 2021

White House Outlines FY23 R&D Priorities

White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Shalanda D. Young and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander issued a memorandum outlining the Administration’s FY23 R&D priorities for agencies submitting budget requests to OMB. The memo focuses heavily on pandemic preparedness, climate change, national security, and emerging technologies.

August 10, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

The Senate voted 69-30 to pass a $1 trillion, bipartisan, infrastructure bill. The legislation includes numerous provisions for rail, roads, water pipes, ports, combatting pollution, and electric vehicle charging stations among other things. Read more here. The bill now heads to the House, which is in recess until the end of the month. And coming…

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