Washington Updates

Federal Update: Two-Year Bipartisan Budget Agreement Relieves Sequester, Avoids Default

October 27, 2015

With two important fiscal deadlines looming, Congressional leaders and the Administration unveiled a bipartisan budget agreement that would provide two-years of relief from the constraints of sequestration as imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act, suspend the risk of default, and pave the way to avoid a government shutdown. Read more about Federal Update: Two-Year Bipartisan Budget Agreement Relieves Sequester, Avoids Default

Federal Update: President's FY16 Budget Request

February 2, 2015

The White House today sent President Obama’s FY16 budget request to Congress beginning the annual budget and appropriations process to set spending for the federal fiscal year that begins on October 1. Unlike in the recent past, the President’s budget arrived to Capitol Hill on time this year. Overall, the budget proposes eliminating sequestration and boosting total discretionary spending levels by 7 percent. Among the initiatives that the budget supports are many of the priorities that the President announced in his State of Read more about Federal Update: President's FY16 Budget Request

Harvard on the Hill: Genetic Privacy and Law Enforcement Issues

March 19, 2015

GENETIC PRIVACY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUES

Noon March 19, 2168 Rayburn Bldg. New

Harvard Personal Genetics Education Project congressional briefing titled "Personal Genetics and Law Enforcement: Improving Public Safety, Ensuring Justice and Balancing Civil Rights."

Contact: Marnie Gelbart at 617-432-1797;

Note: Register online.

Participants:

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

House and Senate Pass CR, Measure Advances to President

September 19, 2014

The Senate last night, in a bipartisan 78-22 vote, passed a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government through December 11. The House approved the same measure earlier in the week. In addition to keeping the government up and running at close to current levels for the October 1 start of the 2015 Fiscal Year, the measure also includes provisions to temporarily fund the training and equipping of Syrian rebels and keep the Export-Import Bank open through June 2015.

The House and Senate will recess today to allow Members to return to the campaign trail Read more about House and Senate Pass CR, Measure Advances to President

House and Senate Expected to Move Temporary Funding Bill, Little Else Before Breaking for Campaign Stretch

September 9, 2014

Following a five-week summer recess, the Congress returned to Washington yesterday for a short work period with adjournment in both houses expected no later than September 23. The congressional agenda will be limited to a temporary spending bill and, with control of the Senate to be decided in November, a number of political messaging bills important to House and Senate leaders but with little chance of consideration in the other chamber. The temporary spending bill, or continuing resolution (CR), is the only time sensitive, must-do item, as the 2015 Fiscal Year begins on October 1 Read more about House and Senate Expected to Move Temporary Funding Bill, Little Else Before Breaking for Campaign Stretch

Congress Adjourns for Summer With Work Still To Do

August 4, 2014

The House and Senate adjourned late last week for their annual August recess, leaving no shortage of legislative to-do items to address later in the year. With Congress’s summer work period now over, we wanted to provide a brief overview of the post-August landscape as well as a quick review of the current status of issues of interest to the University.

Looking Ahead to September and the Lame Duck

Congress returns to work on September 9 with just two weeks of legislative work scheduled before another long recess ahead of the November mid-term elections.  Read more about Congress Adjourns for Summer With Work Still To Do

Economists Behind The FCC's Spectrum Auctions To Receive Golden Goose Award

July 17, 2014

ECONOMISTS BEHIND THE FCC’S SPECTRUM AUCTIONS TO RECEIVE GOLDEN GOOSE AWARD

3rd Annual Golden Goose Award Ceremony to be held Sept. 18 at the Library of Congress; Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien to be Master of Ceremonies

Robert Wilson, Paul Milgrom and R. Preston McAfee, whose basic research on game theory and auctions enabled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Read more about Economists Behind The FCC's Spectrum Auctions To Receive Golden Goose Award

DOE Awards $100 Million for Innovative Energy Research, Harvard One of Grant Recipients

July 2, 2014

DOE Awards $100 Million for Innovative Energy Research, Harvard One of Grant Recipients

The Department of Energy recently announced the awarding of $100 million for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) meant to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to build a 21st-century energy economy.

The 32 projects receiving funding were competitively selected from more than 200 proposals. Twenty-three of the projects receiving funding are headed by universities, eight are led by the Energy Department’s National Laboratories Read more about DOE Awards $100 Million for Innovative Energy Research, Harvard One of Grant Recipients

Ryan Budget Passes House, Senate Will Not Consider, but FY15 Appropriations Move Forward

April 10, 2014

The House of Representatives adopted a FY15 budget today on a 219-205 party line vote. Budget resolutions set overall spending caps to guide the appropriations process. Since overall caps for FY15 were previously agreed to in the December 2013 budget deal that softened the impact of the sequester for two years, a new budget is unnecessary for appropriators to begin their deliberations and the Senate has no intention of taking the House-passed budget or crafting an alternative Read more about Ryan Budget Passes House, Senate Will Not Consider, but FY15 Appropriations Move Forward

President's FY15 Budget Released

March 4, 2014

The White House submitted the President’s FY15 Budget Request to Congress today, marking the official start to the budget and appropriations process for the fiscal year beginning on October 1. Though non-binding on the Congress, the President’s budget outlines the Administration’s policy and spending priorities for the coming year and serves as a starting point from which lawmakers develop spending plans and potentially a longer budget blueprint. Unique to this year, the President’s request was not submitted in full, and many of its specific details will not be known until next week. Yet Read more about President's FY15 Budget Released

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