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 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 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 Party Like It’s 1995

September 29th 2013  |  Week in Review

Unless you’ve been hiding in your lab, (which I would heartily recommend), you know by now that Congress struggled last week and this weekend to discern the path forward for the government at the end of the fiscal year, a.k.a. tonight (Monday) at midnight. Before leaving town on Friday, the Senate responded to the House’s […]

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 […]

Week in Review, or “Whac-A-Mole” Sequester Cuts

August 5th 2013  |  Week in Review

NEWSciencePolicy will be on recess along with Congress until September 9, 2013. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and look for our next update on the 9th with a peek into Congress’ first week back. Also, big thanks to CU’s Carly Robinson for all her help with NSP this summer! The onset of August recess, […]

Week in Review, or Much Ado About Something

July 22nd 2013  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

As reported last week, Senators were close to changing Senate rules to strip the minority party’s right to filibuster executive branch nominees, a practice which had stranded seven of President Obama’s nominees in a “nomination no-man’s land”. In part due to the significance of the filibuster for the minority party, Democrats and Republicans brokered a […]

Week in Review, or Going Nuclear

July 15th 2013  |  Week in Review

Members of Congress returned to DC last week from their 4th of July recess and began the mad rush to get things done before the August recess. Appropriations subcommittees in both chambers moved important FY 2014 spending bills for research and development (R&D). The House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Subcommittee moved its bill which funds NSF, […]