Week in Review, or Moving Forward with FY 2013

March 25th 2013  |  Week in Review

We will be taking a cue from Congress and enjoying a recess of our own over the next two weeks. Follow NSP on Twitter (@NEWSciPol), and keep an eye out for the next Week in Review on April 8th. After what has been a very busy few weeks with members of Congress and the President [...]

Week in Review, or Sizing up the State of the Union

February 19th 2013  |  Week in Review

The President kicked off this Valentine’s Day week by delivering his first State of the Union (SOTU) speech of his second term. While the SOTU would normally be delivered to Congress in tandem with the President’s FY 2014 budget request, as previously reported that submission won’t take place until at least March due to delays [...]

Week in Review, or Fighting Sequester Fatigue

February 11th 2013  |  Week in Review

Last week, as people were digging out in the Northeast from what NASA is calling a historic blizzard, President Obama attempted to thaw efforts to move forward and avert the sequester. On Monday, President Obama signed the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 into law, which, as Abby reported last week, officially suspends the [...]

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 Hoping for Some Holidays

December 17th 2012  |  Week in Review

During a week that would normally involve winding down for the holidays, negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” appear to be heating up. Late last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) indicated that he would be willing to consider some tax hikes on the wealthy, a concession for Republicans on an issue that [...]

Week in Review, or Closing in on the Cliff

December 3rd 2012  |  Week in Review

Despite an optimistic start to “fiscal cliff” talks at the beginning of the lame duck session, Democrats and Republicans appear to once again find themselves at an impasse. Democrats are digging in their heels on protecting lower tax rates for the middle class while raising taxes for the wealthy, while Republicans are pushing to keep [...]

Week in Review, or Nobel Calling

October 15th 2012  |  Week in Review

Well, I wasn’t one of the lucky ones woken up at O’Dark-thirty last week to be informed they had won the Nobel Prize, but several U.S. government-funded scientists were! Congratulations go out to Robert J. Lefkowitz of Duke University and Brian K. Kobilka of Stanford University for their Nobel Prize in chemistry and to David [...]

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 Election Evacuation

September 24th 2012  |  Week in Review

Members of Congress left Washington late last week, not to return until after the elections in mid-November. Although the official Congressional schedule planned for another week in session, it became clear last week that both chambers would recess early to allow more time for campaigning back home. Before departing on Saturday, the Senate passed the [...]

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 [...]