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 Hope Floats for FY 2014

March 11th 2013  |  Week in Review

On Saturday, the President made his weekly address calling for an end to sequestration and throughout the week more information continued to bubble to the surface about the impact of sequester at, for instance, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Washington Highlights offers an overview [...]

Week in Review, or Settled on the Sequester

March 4th 2013  |  Week in Review

After months of declarations from both parties about how sequestration is just plain bad policy that could be devastating to the economy, the White House and Congress were unable to be broker a deal to avoid the automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal discretionary spending. On Thursday, one day before the March 1st deadline, the Senate [...]

Week in Review, or Sizing up the State of the Union

February 19th 2013  |  Week in Review

The President kicked off this Valentine’s Day week by delivering his first State of the Union (SOTU) speech of his second term. While the SOTU would normally be delivered to Congress in tandem with the President’s FY 2014 budget request, as previously reported that submission won’t take place until at least March due to delays [...]

Week in Review, or Fighting Sequester Fatigue

February 11th 2013  |  Week in Review

Last week, as people were digging out in the Northeast from what NASA is calling a historic blizzard, President Obama attempted to thaw efforts to move forward and avert the sequester. On Monday, President Obama signed the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 into law, which, as Abby reported last week, officially suspends the [...]

Week in Review, or Super Bowl Surprise

February 4th 2013  |  Week in Review

Fans and players enjoying the Super Bowl last night were caught by surprise early in the third quarter when half of the electricity in the New Orleans Superdome went out. While waiting for the power to come power back on, I had my eye on Twitter, which was flooded almost immediately with tweets about improving [...]

Week in Review, or Closing in on the Cliff

December 3rd 2012  |  Week in Review

Despite an optimistic start to “fiscal cliff” talks at the beginning of the lame duck session, Democrats and Republicans appear to once again find themselves at an impasse. Democrats are digging in their heels on protecting lower tax rates for the middle class while raising taxes for the wealthy, while Republicans are pushing to keep [...]

Week in Review, or Turkey Time Out

November 26th 2012  |  Week in Review

With the threat of the “fiscal cliff” still looming, members of Congress left town last week for Thanksgiving recess. They are expected back this week for the final stretch of the lame duck session that will likely last until the wee hours of December. Despite the optimism coming out of White House recently after meetings [...]

Week in Review, or Cautiously Optimistic

November 19th 2012  |  Week in Review

Negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” began in earnest this week as President Obama hosted a series of meetings with labor unions, industry CEOs, and members of House and Senate leadership at the White House. The three main pots of money under debate continue to be revenues (including taxes), spending cuts, and entitlements, with Democrats [...]

Week in Review, or Sticking Out Sandy

October 29th 2012  |  Week in Review

I joked last week about how quiet it has been in DC thanks to the election, but this Monday morning I can hear a pin drop. This isn’t because of the election, but rather thanks to Hurricane Sandy which is cruising offshore and about to take a left turn in our direction. In preparation for [...]