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 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 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 Cliff Countdown

December 27th 2012  |  Week in Review

I hope you all had a great holiday and that you’re looking forward to ringing in 2013! Below is a brief update on fiscal cliff negotiations as we head into the final days of the year. Keep an eye out for my next regular update on Wednesday January 2nd. When I left you last week, [...]

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 Fêting Science

April 30th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

Washingtonians had another opportunity to celebrate science last week, when the second annual U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival took place at the Washington Convention Center. The festival included hundreds of scientific exhibits and opportunities to meet real live researchers, as well as celebrity appearances the likes of the Discovery Channel’s Myth Busters. On Capitol Hill, [...]

Week in Review, or Returning from Recess

February 27th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

With the payroll tax cut extended and both chambers of Congress in recess, it was a quiet week on the Hill.  Things will pick up this week as Members of Congress return to DC and the FY 2013 budget resolution and appropriations process soldiers on. Keep an eye out for Congressional hearings on research budgets [...]

Week in Review, or Projecting the Budget

February 6th 2012  |  Week in Review

With one week to go before the President releases his FY 2013 budget, the House and Senate Budget Committees heard from Doug Elmendorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), last week on that office’s Budget and Economic Outlook. This testimony is given annually by the CBO director and offers insight into what the next [...]

Month in Review, or Year in Preview

January 16th 2012  |  Week in Review

As Washington slowly wakes up from its holiday nap, I find myself looking forward to the year ahead. The relief of finally having the FY 2012 appropriations cycle completed—on a positive note for research funding—will be short-lived, as the President readies to give his State of the Union on January 24th and to deliver his [...]

Week in Review, or Relief from Disaster

October 3rd 2011  |  Week in Review

When I left you last week, the fate of government operations was hanging in the balance due to a dispute between Democrats and Republicans over disaster relief spending and potential offsets to pay for it. Time was of the essence, with the fiscal year set to end on Friday, September 30th, and no agreement in [...]