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Federal Update: President Obama Releases FY17 Budget Request

February 9, 2016

The broad strokes of the President’s State of the Union address received their fine print today with the release of the White House’s fiscal year 2017 budget request. The Obama Administration’s last budget comes with the freedom from the political pressures of reelection to propose aspirational policies and the opportunity to steer the national discourse in a presidential election year, but it does not come with the time to accomplish much of significance. Illustrating the true depths of Congressional Republicans’ hostility to the President’s proposals and the mechanisms used to fund them, neither Senate Budget Chairman Enzi (R-WY) nor House Budget Chairman Price (R-GA) invited OMB Director Shaun Donovan to testify on the Hill—a government tradition since 1975.

Federal Update: President Obama Delivers His Last State of the Union Address

January 13, 2016

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his last State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Traditionally, the State of the Union provides the President with a primetime, national audience to present his legislative agenda and tout recent accomplishments. However, this being President Obama’s final address, and with the speech marketed as a “non-traditional” State of the Union, the President offered a closing argument for his time in office and a prologue to “The future we want…”

Federal Update: Congress Wraps-up for the Year Completing Action on FY16 Funding and Tax Bills

December 18, 2015

Winning approval in the House and Senate, a combined package of fiscal year 2016 appropriations and tax extenders is headed to the President for his signature in the coming days. As previously reported here, this legislation includes significant progress on University priorities from the largest NIH funding increase in more than a decade to the permanent extension of IRA Charitable Rollover.  

Federal Update: Congress Heads into Home Stretch with Release of FY16 Funding and Tax Bills

December 16, 2015

After weeks of intense private negotiations, Congressional leaders late last night released two major bills – an omnibus FY16 funding bill and a tax bill.  Significant progress is made on several of the University’s priorities, including a nearly 7 percent boost in funding for NIH and enactment of the IRA Charitable Rollover to encourage additional charitable gifts.  Although everyone, including most members, are still learning the details of these bills, it is expected the House will consider and pass these measures on Thursday (for the tax bill) and Friday (for the spending bill), followed by Senate action late in the week or over the weekend.  Because the current continuing resolution funding the government expires later today, Congress will quickly pass another CR through December 22 to ensure that there is no lapse in government funding and to provide adequate time to approve the final bills.

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Close The Innovation Deficit

The innovation deficit is the gap between actual and necessary federal investments in research and higher education. At a time when other nations such as China, India and Singapore are dramatically boosting research funding to develop the next great technological and medical breakthroughs, the share of the US budget devoted to research has been declining. This video explains the link between basic research and economic growth, and the risk that recent cuts pose to the United States' role as the global innovation leader.