Week in Review, or Budget Crystal Ball

June 11th 2012  |  Week in Review

Last week kicked off on an ominous note, with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releasing its 2012 long-term budget outlook. The CBO is a non-partisan, independent organization that provides analysis to Congress on all things economic and budgetary. The long-term budget outlook analyzed two scenarios, one in which current laws stay in place (e.g., tax [...]

Week in Review, or Replacing Sequestration

May 14th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  3 Comments

Members of the House and Senate were back in DC last week after their previous one-week recess. As I reported in my last update, the House considered a reconciliation bill, which has been marketed as a replacement for “sequestration,” the process by which significant spending cuts will begin in January 2013. The bill, which identifies [...]

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 [...]

Week in Review, or Requesting Research

February 20th 2012  |  Week in Review

A week ago today, the President delivered his FY 2013 budget request to Congress. The overall budget request is $3.8 trillion, which takes into account the $1.047 trillion cap on domestic spending as agreed to in the Budget Control Act. Included in this overall number is $64 billion for basic and applied research, a 3.3 [...]

Week in Review, or Wrapping It Up

November 21st 2011  |  Week in Review

It was a big week for research on Capitol Hill, as most members of Congress wrapped up their business before the Thanksgiving holiday.  The House passed and the President signed the first FY 2012 “minibus” spending bill. This bill provides funding for research at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Standards and [...]

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 Regarding Research Reductions

June 6th 2011  |  Week in Review

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 appropriations process moved forward in the House of Representatives this week, with the full chamber passing the Homeland Security bill, the full Appropriations Committee passing the Agriculture bill, and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee passing its bill. Each of these bills included varying degrees of cuts to research [...]

Week in Review, or Research and the Royals

May 2nd 2011  |  Week in Review

It was another quiet week in Washington, which allowed for plenty of time to anticipate the royal wedding that took place on Friday in London. Some highly scientific research conducted by The Telegraph revealed the most joyous moments of the spectacle, as experienced by both men and women. For those of us watching on the [...]

Week in Review, or Back to the Drawing Board

March 14th 2011  |  Week in Review

State of Play The budget debate continued on Capitol Hill this week, with the Senate voting on two proposals to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year (FY 2011). The Senate first voted on H.R.1, the bill passed by the House on February 19th that would slash $61 billion in spending, including [...]