Week in Review, or Politicizing Science

May 6th 2013  |  Week in Review

In betwixt ongoing budget battles, and even during recess break, research continued to get politicized this week with House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith again vocal in his bid to overhaul the peer review process at NSF. On Monday, Chairman Smith released the text of the draft bill — the High Quality Research Act. As [...]

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 Reconciliation Revisited

May 7th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

Members of Congress return to Washington this week after a week long recess.  Today, the House Budget Committee will mark up two bills —The Sequester Replacement Act of 2012 (H.R. 4966) and The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012—aimed at replacing sequestration, the mandatory cuts scheduled to begin in January 2013. CQ reports that the [...]

Week in Review, or Budget Backtracking

March 26th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) broke from the bipartisan agreement reached in the Budget Control Act (BCA) when he released a proposed FY2013 budget that would reduce the top-line spending number by $19 billion. The budget also proposed reforms to the U.S. tax code and entitlements, and offered alternatives to dealing with [...]

Week in Review, or Widening the Gap

March 12th 2012  |  Week in Review

Both the House and Senate were in session last week, with their attention largely focused on passing the JOBS Act and continuing to debate the contentious transportation bill. On the appropriations front, as reported last week, House Republicans have been mulling over enacting a top-line spending number for FY 2013 that is less than what [...]

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 Finally Finishing FY 2012

December 19th 2011  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

I’ll be taking a cue from Congress and enjoying a recess of my own over the next few weeks. Follow me on Twitter (@NEWSciPol) for timely updates, and keep an eye out for my next Week in Review on January 16th. The research community breathed a collective sigh of relief last week as Congress passed [...]

Week in Review, or Let the Conferencing Begin

November 7th 2011  |  Week in Review

The Senate passed it’s first FY 2012 “minibus” spending bill last week, which includes the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Transportation-HUD, and Agriculture spending bills. This bill lays out funding for several research agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic [...]

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 [...]

Week in Review, or Hanging in the Balance

September 26th 2011  |  Week in Review

Last week started out on a positive note on Capitol Hill, with more Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 appropriations (spending) bills scheduled to move forward, but ended up in another political stalemate that could lead to a government shutdown on Friday. First, the positive. After last week’s activities, the Senate and House Appropriations Committees have now [...]