Oakland University
Monday, April 14, 2014




To:       CGA

From:   A۰P۰L۰U Congressional and Governmental Affairs Staff






Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) is circulating the attached "Dear Colleague" letter in support of $7.5 billion in funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The deadline for Senators' signatures is COB April 10th. The point of contact in Senator Markey’s office is John Phillips, who can be reached at john_phillips@markey.senate.gov. CGA are encouraged to reach out to members and encourage them to sign on.




APLU and other higher education associations sent the attached letter to Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) in response to provisions in the comprehensive tax reform discussion draft impacting student tax benefits.  While the discussion draft has a much broader impact on universities than just the student benefits, the associations chose this area as the first response to the discussion draft as Chairman Camp previously expressed interest in potentially moving that piece separately.  The letter notes that the associations will be in further contact regarding areas affecting higher education.



Be sure to register for the CGA Spring Meeting coming up on May 7-8, 2014.  After Friday, April 11 the $125 early registration fee will increase to $150.  Register today and take advantage of the discount. Click here for more information and to register.




Floor Activities


The Senate reconvened this afternoon to resume consideration of HR 3979, to extend unemployment insurance benefits; a final vote is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


The House reconvened this afternoon to consider HR 1871, a bill to remove the annual inflationary increase in the discretionary spending baseline. The House is also expected to take up other measures. Votes are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.  On Thursday, April 10, the House is scheduled to complete consideration of the FY15 House Budget Resolution (HConRes 96), to establish the federal budget for FY2015 and set for budgetary levels for FY2016-24.


Legislative Activities



Senate Appropriations Committee

            State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Hearing – FY2015 Budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

            Witness: Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID

            10:15 am, 138 Dirksen


Senate Armed Services Committee

            Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Hearing - The role of the Department of Defense science and technology enterprise for innovation and affordability

2:15 pm, 222 Russell


Senate Judiciary Committee

Full Committee Markup - S1720, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act

            2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen


House Appropriations Committee

            Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee Hearing – FY15 NASA Request and NASA Security Oversight

Witnesses: Charles Bolden Jr., NASA Administrator, Richard Thornburgh, Expert Witness on NASA Security, and Joseph Thompson, Expert Witness on NASA Security

9:30 am, 2359 Rayburn


            Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Hearing - FY15 Appropriations for the Department of Education

            Witness: Arne Duncan, Education Secretary

            10:30 am, 2358-C Rayburn


            State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Hearing - FY15 Appropriations for USAID

            Witness: Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator

            1 pm, H-140 Capitol


House Education and the Workforce Committee

Full Committee Markup - HR 4366, the Strengthening Education through Research Act

            10 am, 2175 Rayburn


House Energy and Commerce Committee

            Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Hearing - Trolling for a Solution: Ending Abusive Patent Demand Letters”

            10 am, 2123 Rayburn




Senate Appropriations Committee

            Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee Hearing – FY2015 Budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Witnesses: Gina McCarthy, Administrator, EPA and Maryann Froehlich, Acting CFO, EPA

9:15 am, 124 Dirksen


            Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Hearing – Review of the President’s FY2015 funding request and budget justification for the Department of Energy

Witnesses: Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy and Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy

2:30 pm, 192 Dirksen


Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

            Science and Space Subcommittee Hearing - Space Exploration

            10 am, 253 Russell


House Appropriations Committee

Full Committee Markup - 302(b) Allocations

            10 am, 2359 Rayburn


Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Hearing - FY15 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill

            2 pm, H-309 Capitol Building


House Science, Space and Technology Committee

Space Subcommittee Markup - NASA Authorization Act of 2014

            9 am, 2318 Rayburn




Senate Appropriations Committee

Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Hearing – FY2015 Budget Request for the Department of Commerce

Witness: Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

10 am, 192 Dirksen


Senate Finance Committee

Full Committee Hearing - FY 2015 Appropriations: Health and Human Services (HHS)

            Witness: Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary

            10 am, 215 Dirksen


Senate Foreign Relations Committee,

Full Committee Hearing - FY15 Budget for International Development Priorities

            Witness: Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator

            9:30 am, 419 Dirksen


House Science, Space and Technology Committee

Full Committee Hearing - Department of Energy science and technology priorities

            Witness: Ernest Moniz, Energy Secretary

            9 am, 2318 Rayburn



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