Week in Review, or Finishing up before the Fourth

July 1st 2013  |  Week in Review

The week of July 4th is one of my favorite in DC, as the city essentially clears out for the holiday. As is custom before such a break, all three branches of government rushed to accomplish/announce big things before everyone left town on Friday. The Senate, after weeks of debate, passed its comprehensive immigration bill […]

Week in Review, or Sensing a Spending Stalemate

June 17th 2013  |  Week in Review

Congress is taking advantage of this relatively lengthy “work period” (weeks in session between recess) to tackle some big legislation. The Senate began debate on a massive comprehensive immigration reform bill, marked up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and passed the “Farm Bill,” while the House passed its version of the NDAA and moved […]

Week in Review, or Starting Off Easy

June 10th 2013  |  Week in Review

The House passed its first two FY 2014 spending bills last week, the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs  and Homeland Security bills, each with a significant increase over FY 2013 post-sequestration funding levels. The House Appropriations Committee also released and passed out of subcommittee two additional FY 2014 spending bills for the Department of Defense (DoD) and […]

Week in Review, Selling Out Science

May 28th 2013  |  Week in Review

Despite the significant (about $90 billion) difference between the top line FY 2014 spending numbers that the House and the Senate are using for FY 2014, the House Appropriations Committee approved a plan this week on 302(b) allocations, or the funding levels for the 12 individual appropriations bills. Unfortunately, sequester is playing a significant role […]

Week in Review, or Tragedy of the Commons

May 20th 2013  |  Week in Review

Little changed this week in the overall funding picture for FY 2014. A $90 billion dollar chasm still exists between what the House is willing to grant and what the Senate is willing to work with as a topline funding level for the FY 2014 budget. Republican House Appropriators did indicate that the 302(b) allocations, […]

Week in Review, or Top Line Tug-of-War

May 13th 2013  |  Week in Review

Members of Congress returned from recess to a rainy spring week in DC and immediately resumed bickering over how to move forward on funding the government in the next fiscal year. While both chambers have passed budget resolutions providing top-line spending numbers for FY 2014, the focus has now shifted to whether or not they […]

Week in Review, or Picking on Peer Review

April 29th 2013  |  Week in Review

As the impacts of sequestration continue to emerge, mounting airport delays due to the across-the-board spending cuts spurred Congress into action last week. The Senate and House both passed bills (S.853/H.R. 1765) which would give the Department of Transportation additional flexibility to move funding between accounts and restore some of the furloughs (days off without […]

Week in Review, or Micromanaging Research Budgets

April 22nd 2013  |  Week in Review

Amidst the tragedies in Boston and Texas this last week, Congress debated gun safety, immigration, and whether the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) should have to certify all NSF research grants as “in the national interest.” Regarding the FY 2014 budget, new information emerged this week about the President’s budget request, including the […]

Week in Review, or FY 2014 Budget – The Sequel

April 15th 2013  |  Week in Review

On Wednesday April 10th, the President delivered his FY 2014 budget request to Congress. You may recall that this delivery normally takes place the first week of February, but has been delayed this year due to uncertainties surrounding the “fiscal cliff” deal and sequestration, the across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in back on March 1st. […]

Week in Review, or Tackling the Budget

April 8th 2013  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

Welcome back after what we hope has been a lovely break. The cold is finally departing and we’re looking forward to a bit of spring here inside the beltway. As reported in our last edition, both Houses of Congress agreed on a (hybrid) spending bill for FY 2013. The President signed the spending bill (H.R. […]