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28 Apr 2016

A controversial amendment which would prevent the U.S. from purchasing excess heavy water from Iran has dimmed hopes for smooth passage of the Senate appropriations bill which funds the Department of Energy.

27 Apr 2016

The House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2017 spending bill which would boost fusion and high energy physics research within a nearly flat overall budget for the Office of Science.

26 Apr 2016

After commending retiring vice chairwoman Barbara Mikulski for her years of effective service, Senate appropriations committee members unanimously approved a bill which would provide close to flat funding for NASA, NSF, NIST, and NOAA in fiscal year 2017. 

22 Apr 2016

The Senate approved its first major energy policy bill in nine years, and it includes a slew of provisions which are relevant to the science community.

20 Apr 2016

The Senate is moving rapidly to pass a Department of Energy appropriations bill which would provide a $50 million increase to the Office of Science and zero out funding for the ITER fusion project.

19 Apr 2016

The House and Senate are kicking off the congressional budget process this year with unprecedented speed, as the appropriations committees begin historically early consideration of key science spending bills.

 
19 Apr 2016

To further our mission of serving as an objective and authoritative source of policy news for the physical sciences community, AIP is introducing the Federal Science Budget Tracker, a tool to help you monitor federal budgets and appropriations relevant to the physical sciences.

8 Apr 2016

Two individuals who played key roles in supporting the Hubble Space Telescope and shepherding numerous other high-profile NASA science projects are retiring this year—former astronaut and NASA's associate administrator for science John Grunsfeld and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.

7 Apr 2016

Recent reports of terrorists attempting to acquire nuclear materials have given greater urgency to efforts to secure and reduce nuclear materials, including the development of non-radioactive alternatives to certain radioisotopes used widely in the civilian sector.

1 Apr 2016

Rep. John Culberson, the powerful chairman of the House subcommittee that doles out and directs funding each year for NASA, convened a hearing focused on NASA’s quest to discover extraterrestrial life on a set of moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn known as “ocean worlds.” Culberson is betting on Jupiter’s moon Europa as a likely candidate for a second home for life within our solar system.

1 Apr 2016

In a letter addressed to attendees of the Nuclear Security Summit occurring this week, a group of 35 Nobel laureates urge transition away from use of highly enriched uranium in naval and research reactors and encourage development of non-radioactive alternatives to certain radioisotopes used in medical and research applications.

 
29 Mar 2016

A report accompanying the pending House budget resolution devotes more space than usual to opining on the federal role in supporting research and development and proposes restructuring the federal research apparatus, namely through eliminating the Department of Commerce and reducing support of applied research.

25 Mar 2016

Amidst a thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba, scientists from both nations spoke at the American Physical Society March Meeting about the prospects for collaboration in physics and nanotechnology.

25 Mar 2016

The House easily cleared legislation sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock that would call on NASA to continue three initiatives supporting women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and aerospace, and develop a plan to leverage NASA’s workforce to inspire girls to enter these fields.

24 Mar 2016

At a hearing to review the Department of Energy budget request, multiple members criticized the administration’s proposed cuts to Fusion Energy Sciences, advocated for rethinking the department’s portfolio of fusion research, and asked questions about the status of ITER, the National Ignition Facility, the Advanced Photon Source, and the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility.

22 Mar 2016

Representatives from both sides of the aisle offered varying levels of praise for the standards science and technology agency, although the chairman criticized the proposed funding source for expanding the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and highlighted the committee’s continuing investigations following the discovery of a meth lab at the agency last year.

18 Mar 2016

The Senate confirmed John King, Jr. as education secretary, promoting the former teacher and New York education commissioner from acting secretary to cabinet official. King will be responsible for implementation of the newly minted K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

 
17 Mar 2016

After largely dismissing the president’s budget request, the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee in charge of National Science Foundation appropriations voiced both their strong support for the foundation and their opposition to allocating money at the research directorate level, with the chairman indicating his preference for making greater use of decadal surveys to decide on research priorities.

14 Mar 2016

Members of Congress are circulating a series of “Dear Colleague” letters on Capitol Hill to round up support for the Department of Energy Office of Science and specific user facilities in fiscal year 2017. The scientific community is also requesting increased funding for the office.

 
10 Mar 2016

At recent hearings on the Department of Energy budget request for fiscal year 2017, key appropriations leaders largely dismissed the president’s proposal for large funding increases to clean energy research and development as unrealistic and / or unbalanced. They then took familiar stances on research priorities, including support for basic energy research as well as skepticism about certain fusion energy projects.

9 Mar 2016

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova has announced national searches to identify candidates to become the next assistant directors for three of the foundation’s six research directorates: Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Geosciences, and Engineering.

9 Mar 2016

In a letter being circulated in the House, Representatives G.K. Butterfield and David McKinley are asking their colleagues to sign onto a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter calling on appropriators to fund the National Science Foundation at a level of $8 billion in fiscal year 2017.

8 Mar 2016

Members of a House appropriations subcommittee did not appear to oppose any major thrusts of the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for the Office of Science. Rather, members of both parties largely focused on longer-term efforts, expressing keen interest in the Department of Energy’s plans for upgrading user facilities, developing exascale computing capabilities, and improving technology transfer.

 
4 Mar 2016

In recent hearings, congressional and agency leaders highlighted their consensus on the need to modernize the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal and discussed concerns about the impending costs, including private concerns expressed by Energy Secretary Moniz that projected funding levels for future fiscal years are not sufficient to support needed improvements to National Nuclear Security Administration infrastructure.

2 Mar 2016

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are backing, with near unanimity, a bill that would promote collaboration on research and development of advanced fission and fusion energy reactors across the Department of Energy’s national labs, universities, and the private sector.

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