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

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. [...]

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 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 Setting the Stage for 2013

January 28th 2013  |  Week in Review

Last week, as Washington experienced freezing temperatures and an inaugural hangover, the House managed to pass legislation (H.R. 325) to suspend the debt ceiling until May 18th, which the Senate is expected to approve and the White House is expected to sign. While this action could postpone at least one pressing issue for Congress this [...]

Week in Review, or Hoping for Some Holidays

December 17th 2012  |  Week in Review

During a week that would normally involve winding down for the holidays, negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” appear to be heating up. Late last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) indicated that he would be willing to consider some tax hikes on the wealthy, a concession for Republicans on an issue that [...]

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 Reviewing Research Universities

June 18th 2012  |  Week in Review

The National Academies released their much-anticipated report “Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security” last week in a public briefing at their headquarters in Washington, DC.  The report, requested by Congress and overseen by an all-star committee of university and industry leaders, outlines a number [...]

Week in Review, or Examining Energy

June 4th 2012  |  Week in Review

The Senate continued its Memorial Day recess last week, but the House returned mid-week for two days of activity. During that short time, the House debated the FY 2013 spending bills for Military Construction/Veterans Affairs (which ultimately passed) and Energy and Water. The debate on Energy and Water, which funds research programs at the Department [...]