Week in Review, or Onward and Upward!

December 23rd 2013  |  Week in Review

As NEWScience Policy closes out its third year, the federal research and development scenario is much different than it was when the blog was founded in early 2011. We have shifted from applauding the opportunities provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to highlighting the impacts of cuts imposed by the Budget Control Act, […]

Week in Review, or Let’s Make a Deal

December 8th 2013  |  Week in Review

As we approach the December 13th goal date, leaders of the bicameral Budget Conference Committee seem optimistic about delivering a spending plan that will set levels for both FY 2014 and FY 2015. There is bipartisan support for a topline spending level above the current post-sequester amount of $987 billion and as high as $1.01 […]

Week in Review, or Going Nuclear

November 25th 2013  |  Week in Review

Happy Thanksgiving! Both Chambers are in recess this week and NEWSciencePolicy will be taking next weekend off. Keep an eye out for our next Week in Review update on December 9th. Washington wonks are reeling from a vote in the Senate on Thursday that would reduce the threshold of votes needed to overcome a filibuster […]

Week in Review, or Still Agreeing to Agree on an Overdue Budget

November 17th 2013  |  Week in Review

The 29 members of the joint budget committee, which first met on October 30th, met again Wednesday with the continuing goal to deliver a spending plan for FY 2014 by December 13th.  During the meeting, the committee heard from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf who commented on the impact of ongoing budget stagnation. On […]

Week in Review, or All Quiet on the Budget Front

November 11th 2013  |  Week in Review

Joint Budget Committee set to meet again this week; OMB releases report on government shutdown; House Science Committee releases controversial FIRST Act; President nominates new ARPA-E Director, climate advisor.

Week in Review, or Your 19th Committee Countdown

November 4th 2013  |  Week in Review

The joint budget conference committee charged with finding a resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 spending by December 13th met for the first time this week. As reported last week, members of the committee have backed away from predictions of a “grand bargain” and instead are focused on solving the most immediate challenge–finalizing FY 2014 appropriations […]

Week in Review, or Dodging Default

October 21st 2013  |  Week in Review

Last Wednesday evening, just hours away from when the Treasury warned it would exhaust its borrowing capacity and risk default, Congress reached a last minute deal to raise the debt limit and re-open the government after a three-week shutdown. The final continuing resolution (CR) emerged from negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and […]

Week in Review, or Hanging in the Balance

October 14th 2013  |  Week in Review

We are about to enter the third week of the government shutdown and ongoing issues associated with lagging federal reimbursements and furloughed staff across the country are starting to sting. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on The Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Our Economic Security on Friday. The […]

Week in Review, or Steering Clear of a Shutdown

September 23rd 2013  |  Week in Review

With just over a week to go before the beginning of the next fiscal year, the House on Friday passed a short-term FY 2014 continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government funded at FY 2013 levels (about $988 million) through mid-December. Also included in the bill, however, was a provision that would defund The […]

Week in Review, or Welcome Back Washington!

September 9th 2013  |  Week in Review

After another quiet and relatively cool August here in Washington, I find myself once again in denial that September is not only already here, but is also almost one-third over! If the back-to-school frenzy and significant uptick in traffic doesn’t force me to accept this reality, then the annual return of Congress from its five-week […]