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July 2017 STEM Ed Update

This is a monthly publication by Washington Partners LLC to provide a snapshot of policy developments in the STEM Education field.

This Week in Washington - July 31, 2017 Edition

This Week in Washington - July 31, 2017 Edition​

Senate Panel Approves FY2018 Science Funding Levels, Rejects Scope of President’s Proposed Cuts

Only modest cuts to science funding are proposed in the FY 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.



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This resource is valuable refresher to use to understand the legislative process, has tips for meeting with your legislators, and additional resources.
Post-Election Politics and the Fiscal Cliff
The PowerPoint slides from the December 13, 2012 Webinar presented by Washington Partners and Kris Andrews, Chair of the CUR Advocacy Committee.
This video includes a short commentary on the do's and don'ts of speaking to legislators.
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WPLLC follows research and education programs at:
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • NASA
  • Department of Education
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Endowment for the Arts
Please see a list of current allocations of federal funding streams of interest to CUR.
Government Relations 101:
Thomas: http://thomas.loc.gov This website is the most comprehensive site for congressional information. It contains the full text of bills, bill summary and status, hearing testimony, recorded notes, committee reports, and other useful information about a particular piece of legislation.
Congressional Record: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord/index.html The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. It provides daily summaries of action in each chamber, committee hearings, bills introduced, bills signed, and a schedule of committee meetings for the following day.
U.S. Senate: http://www.senate.gov This is a useful portal to the U.S. Senate and includes a number of features, including links to individual Senator's web pages. The "Legislation & Records" link provides information about bills and resolutions being considered in the Senate. The site allows viewers to track bills and see how individual members voted on a particular bill. The site also provides a schedule for upcoming legislative activity.
U.S. House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov This is a useful portal to the U.S. House of Representatives and includes a number of features, including a tool to identify your Congressperson. The "Legislative Resources" section provides information about bills and resolutions being considered in the House. The site allows viewers to track bills and see how individual members voted on a particular bill. The site also provides a schedule for upcoming legislative activity.
Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com This newspaper's website includes a "Today in Congress" section, where you will find pertinent information on Congressional action items, which can be sorted by date.
Congress.org: http://www.congress.org This resource is valuable when attempting to locate information about a particular Member of Congress.
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) retained Washington Partners, LLC (WPLLC) to provide research, guidance, support and counsel as CUR seeks to increase its Washington, DC profile, activities and efficacy. The principals and staff at WPLLC have national reputations for their effectiveness and integrity in working with clients to represent them and promote their interests in the education and research communities, before policymakers, and in the media. This experience includes providing strategic communications advice and planning; identifying key audiences and urging the participation of stakeholders; formulating position statements and supporting materials; identifying critical issues; monitoring and reporting on relevant legislative and community developments; as well as working with key Congressional and Federal Agency staff. CUR's team at WPLLC includes its President, Ellin J. Nolan, and Vice President for Legislative and Public Affairs Della Cronin, as well as other talented staff. WPLLC staff qualifications in education and public relations are broad and deep. The firm has been called upon by education interests large and small to convey priorities and goals and ultimately, to engender support and action on their behalf. WPLLC will do this for CUR through in-depth research, message development, hosting public events, bringing together like-minded interests, identifying and addressing critical challenges and capitalizing on any and all-expected and unexpected-opportunities.