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 Calling their Bluff

June 25th 2012  |  Week in Review

With Congressional legislative days dwindling, and no obvious solution to the looming fiscal crisis in sight, buzz in DC last week turned to a law requiring that layoff notices go out to employees 60 days before termination. Defense contractors and others who rely on federal funding to support their employees seem to have realized that [...]

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 [...]

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 a Bipartisan Bravo

May 9th 2011  |  Week in Review

The capture of Osama Bin Laden announced by the White House last Sunday night dominated the news this week in Washington, as I’m sure it did across the country. Members of both political parties took advantage of this opportunity to take a break from the endless budget debates and offer praise for President Obama’s leadership [...]

Week in Review, or Countdown to a Shutdown

April 11th 2011  |  Week in Review

State of Play A government shutdown was narrowly averted last week when, hours before the midnight April 8th deadline, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) finally announced a deal had been reached to cut $38 billion in spending from current Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 levels.  [...]

Week in Review and Return of the Cherry Blossoms!

April 4th 2011  |  Week in Review

State of Play The cherry blossoms returned to Washington last week, along with members of Congress after their spring recess.  While negotiations on federal spending levels continued, Democrats and Republicans appeared to be coalescing around a spending bill with $33 billion in cuts from current levels, much less than the $61 billion in cuts included [...]