Week in Review, or Moving Forward with FY 2013

March 25th 2013  |  Week in Review

We will be taking a cue from Congress and enjoying a recess of our own over the next two weeks. Follow NSP on Twitter (@NEWSciPol), and keep an eye out for the next Week in Review on April 8th. After what has been a very busy few weeks with members of Congress and the President [...]

Week in Review, or First of the Fiscal Year

October 1st 2012  |  Week in Review

On this, the first official day of Fiscal Year 2013, most political action has moved outside the beltway as members of Congress and the Administration prepare for the November election.  Last week in Washington, however, the President signed the continuing resolution (CR), which will allow the government to continue functioning from today through March 2013 [...]

Week in Review, or Health Care Upheld

July 2nd 2012  |  Week in Review

Last week in Washington, pundits waited breathlessly for the long-awaited verdict from the Supreme Court on whether or not they would uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as “Obamacare,” in honor of its place at the top of President Obama’s legislative priority list). The court issued its 5-4 decision on [...]

Week in Review, or Dragon Docking

May 29th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

I was sitting in a public meeting of the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on Friday when the big screen shifted from the standard Powerpoint deck to CNN. We watched live as the Dragon spacecraft connected with the International Space Station, representing the first feat of its kind by a commercially [...]

Weeks in Review, or Spring has Sprung

April 16th 2012  |  Week in Review

It’s been lovely and quiet in Washington, with schools on spring break, Congress in recess, and the cherry blossoms already come and gone. When both chambers return to the capitol this week, they will continue on with the appropriations process, despite the looming election impasse expected later in the year. Contrary to previous reports, CQ [...]

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 [...]

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 Organizing the Omnibus

December 12th 2011  |  Week in Review

Congressional appropriators continued to work behind the scenes last week to formulate an FY 2012 “omnibus” package which would  include the nine remaining spending bills that have yet to be passed by Congress. According to CQ, however, two of these bills remain especially contentious—Labor/Health and Human Services (HHS)/Education, due to policy riders regarding health care [...]

Week in Review, or Some Room to Breathe

October 10th 2011  |  Week in Review

Congress bought itself some breathing room this week, when the House passed an FY 2012 continuing resolution (CR), a spending bill that will keep the government running through just before Thanksgiving. This bill, passed last week by the Senate, funds the government at about $7 billion below the FY 2011 level, bringing the spending level [...]

Week in Review, or Wheels in the Sky

July 18th 2011  |  Week in Review

The House had a productive week in the appropriations arena, with the full Appropriations Committee reporting out the FY 2012 Commerce, Science, and Justice and Interior-Environment spending bills and the House passing the FY 2012 Energy and Water spending bill (more below). The Senate is still holding off on moving the majority of their spending [...]