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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Week in Review, or Patent Progress

June 27th 2011  |  Week in Review

The House of Representatives marked up its financial services FY 2012 appropriations bill last week and was expected to vote on the FY 2012 DoD appropriations bill, but ended up delaying the vote until the House comes back from recess the week of July 4th.  The House also passed the long-awaited patent reform bill, the [...]

Week in Review, or All Hat and No Cattle

May 16th 2011  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

I wish I could report on concrete progress made last week in the deficit and debt limit discussions taking place in Washington, but unfortunately the week was heavy on hat, without much cattle (sometimes it helps to imagine I’m out west on a ranch, instead of stuck inside the beltway). The deficit reduction group convened [...]

Week in Review, or Can Kicked

March 21st 2011  |  Week in Review

State of Play Congress this week failed to reach a spending agreement for the remainder of the year, instead passing a three-week spending measure (H.J. Res 48) that funds the government through April 8th at a level $6 billion less than current spending.  The additional three weeks will get Congress through their week-long recess that [...]