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About one month after the Senate Appropriations Committee reported legislation with middling spending for four of the main science agencies in fiscal year 2017, the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week cleared its bill and committee report. Like in the Senate, the House committee includes no significant spending increases for the four agencies’ research accounts.

26 May 2016

Directors from the Department of Energy’s national labs descended on Capitol Hill last month for a fourth lab day, this time with a focus on science.

20 May 2016

At a White House ceremony, the president awarded the National Medal of Science to nine recipients, including physicist and president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Shirley Ann Jackson.

19 May 2016

At a budget hearing for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the chairman of the House Science Committee grilled the agency’s head with aggressive questions about a 2015 scientific paper the agency led which concluded that the slowdown in global warming observed since 1998 has been overstated.

12 May 2016

Although the House and Senate remain supportive of the Office of Nuclear Energy overall, they continue to stake out divergent stances on nuclear waste disposal via appropriations bills for the Department of Energy – with the House still pushing for approval of the Yucca Mountain repository and the Senate again advancing a pilot program to consolidate waste at an interim storage site.

12 May 2016