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 Battling Budgets

March 18th 2013  |  Week in Review

It was a productive week on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers working to wrap up the FY 2013 appropriations process while at the same time kicking off the FY 2014 process by introducing contrasting budget resolutions in each chamber. As reported last week, the House has already passed its version of the FY 2013 continuing resolution (CR) [...]

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 Science and the Second Term

January 22nd 2013  |  Week in Review

Hundreds of thousands of people descended on DC yesterday to celebrate President Obama’s second inauguration. Not surprisingly, science and research featured prominently in the President’s inaugural speech at the Capitol - firstly regarding climate change, saying “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires [...]

Week in Review, or Dissing the Death Star

January 14th 2013  |  Week in Review

As we head into NEWScience Policy’s third year (!), I am pleased to announce a new partner in crime. Amanda Arnold, Senior Policy Advisor in MIT’s Washington DC Office, will join me this year in editing the Week in Review.  I’m sure her policy expertise and sense of humor will be a great addition to [...]

Week in Review, or Still Standing Still

December 10th 2012  |  Week in Review

With only three weeks left before the end of the year, no discernible progress has been made on how to avoid the “fiscal cliff” the country is expected to face on January 1st when individual tax breaks expire and massive spending cuts (a.k.a. sequestration) kick in. Democrats and Republicans traded proposals last week, but each [...]

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 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 Praising the Golden Goose

September 17th 2012  |  Week in Review

I had the pleasure last week of attending the inaugural Golden Goose Award ceremony on Capitol Hill. The GGA was the brainchild of Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who wanted to offer a counter-point to former Rep. William Proxmire’s (D-WI) Golden Fleece Award from the 1970s and 1980s which called out examples of alleged government waste, [...]

Week in Review, or Rovers and Recess

August 6th 2012  |  Week in Review

I’ll be taking a cue from Congress and enjoying a recess of my own over the next five weeks. Follow me on Twitter (@NEWSciPol) for timely updates, and keep an eye out for my next Week in Review on September 10th. I’m a bit bleary eyed this morning, as I spent the wee hours glued [...]