Week in Review, or Micromanaging Research Budgets

April 22nd 2013  |  Week in Review

Amidst the tragedies in Boston and Texas this last week, Congress debated gun safety, immigration, and whether the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) should have to certify all NSF research grants as “in the national interest.” Regarding the FY 2014 budget, new information emerged this week about the President’s budget request, including the [...]

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 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sequester

February 25th 2013  |  Week in Review

From all indications last week, Congress will not act to postpone the sequester currently on schedule to go into effect in less than 100 hours on March 1st. Instead, members seem to be hedging bets on the constituent response to what has been called on both sides of the aisle a “poison pill”. The strategy [...]

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 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 Let the Jockeying Begin

October 8th 2012  |  Week in Review

Washington is quiet on this Columbus Day, as electoral politics continue to swirl around the country. Despite the calm facade, the jockeying has begun to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” expected in January as tax breaks are slated to expire and major spending cuts in the form of sequestration are slated to begin. With Fiscal [...]

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 [...]

Week in Review, or Winding Down

July 30th 2012  |  Week in Review

Heading into the last week before the August recess, Politico reports that leaders in the House and Senate are approaching a deal on a FY 2013 continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government from October 1st, when FY 2012 ends, through March  31st. This CR would allow lawmakers to put off any tough spending [...]

Week in Review, or Contemplating the Cliff

July 23rd 2012  |  Week in Review

Speculation continued last week in Washington on what effects the “fiscal cliff” might have, when spending cuts (a.k.a. sequestration), the expiration of certain tax cuts, and the FY 2013 appropriations process collide at the end of the year. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve appeared before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee with [...]