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 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 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 December Dallying

December 5th 2011  |  Week in Review

With the Super Committee’s failed deadline now in the rear view mirror, Congress has turned its focus to other business such as considering extension of the payroll tax, passing the defense authorization bill, and finishing up FY 2012 spending bills. The government is currently operating under a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that lasts until December [...]

Week in Review, or Standing with Science

November 14th 2011  |  Week in Review

It’s now less than two weeks away from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s (a.k.a. “Super Committee”) November 23rd deadline, and the details of any potential deal remain murky.  The Committee Republicans last week offered up a plan that would raise revenue through some tax reforms, but some Democrats dismissed the plan, saying that [...]

Week in Review, or Defending Silly Sounding Science

May 31st 2011  |  Week in Review

We’ll get to the shrimp on a treadmill later, but first an update on the FY 2012 appropriations process. The full House Appropriations Committee met for the first time last week to formally approve its Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 subcommittee allocations, which divides the total budget pie among subcommittees. The full committee also reported out [...]

Week in Review, or a Bipartisan Bravo

May 9th 2011  |  Week in Review

The capture of Osama Bin Laden announced by the White House last Sunday night dominated the news this week in Washington, as I’m sure it did across the country. Members of both political parties took advantage of this opportunity to take a break from the endless budget debates and offer praise for President Obama’s leadership [...]

Week in Review, or What’s Behind Door #3?

April 18th 2011  |  Week in Review

After a seemingly endless game of Let’s Make a Deal, last week House and Senate appropriators finally revealed the details of how they plan to cut federal spending by some $38.5 billion. Despite some snags, such as when a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis showed the bill would only cut $352 million, versus the promised [...]

Week in Review, or Countdown to a Shutdown

April 11th 2011  |  Week in Review

State of Play A government shutdown was narrowly averted last week when, hours before the midnight April 8th deadline, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) finally announced a deal had been reached to cut $38 billion in spending from current Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 levels.  [...]

Week in Review, or Recess Reprieve

March 28th 2011  |  Week in Review

State of Play Last week’s recess allowed members of Congress to retreat to their home states, where they surely received feedback from their constituents on the spending battles still being waged inside the beltway.  Members return to DC this week, kicking off the two-week countdown to April 8th when current federal spending runs out.  If [...]