FYI is an objective, authoritative digest of science policy developments in Washington impacting the physical science community.

Energy Critical Elements Bill:

FYI #136 reviewed the provisions of H.R. 1022, the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act of 2014 as introduced in March 2013.  The bill considered on the House floor differed from this original version, following bipartisan discussion, in several ways:

22 Aug 2014

Indicative of the awareness of Washington policy makers about the importance of critical materials are an announcement from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, action on the House floor on energy critical elements legislation, and a House subcommittee hearing.

20 Aug 2014

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) has sent a letter to his Senate colleagues asking them to sign a letter to Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), asking them to provide $5.99 billion to the National Science Foundation in FY 2007.

The deadline for signatures for this letter is Monday, January 22. Constituents wanting to contact their senators’ offices to alert them to this letter can reach the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121.

19 Aug 2014