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FYI covers House and Senate activity related to the physical sciences, including their oversight of the federal science agencies as well as the development and consideration of legislation that sets policy for science and funds the science agencies.

 

 
15 Jan 2014

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a December 12 hearing to consider a potential national manufacturing innovation network and to discuss H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013.  The significant influence that manufacturing has on the U.S.

 
15 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  On Monday evening the text of an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  The omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, is expected to pass the House and Senate and sent to President Obama within the next few days.

 
14 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  Yesterday evening the text of an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  The omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, is expected to pass the House and Senate and sent to President Obama within the next few days.

 
8 Feb 2013

The first hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the 113th Congress was held February 6. It focused on the impacts of research and development as well as the outlook for America’s science and technology enterprise. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the new chairman explained that the committee’s goal is to help define how to “ensure that America continues to be the leader of global innovation.” He highlighted the need to work on policies that will affect American competitiveness saying “some nations are creating environments so attractive to global manufacturers that companies h

 
8 Feb 2013

“It’s my hope that we will be considered a bipartisan committee, working together for the best interests of our country,” declared Lamar Smith (R-TX), the new chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Smith’s comments came at the outset of the first meeting of the committee to introduce its new members, adopt committee rules, and, of note, to agree to an expansive oversight plan for the next two years. Nineteen of the committee members have previously served on the committee; twenty are new.

 
16 Jan 2013

The House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee held a November 28 hearing to discuss the work being performed by the National Aeronautic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NASA) Heliophysics Division, focusing on operational aspects of this research and how it affects space weather research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  During this hearing, Members of the subcommittee examined the requirements for a robust space-based solar and space physics research program and the recommendations outlined by the National Research Council’s decadal survey, “Solar and Spac

 
23 Dec 2013

After Congress returns on January 6 it will need to vote on legislation to fund the operations of the federal government through September 30.  The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will be working through the holiday recess to have final legislation ready for a vote in the House and Senate.  Current funding expires on January 15.

 
19 Dec 2013

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee easily approved two important weather bills during a quick mark-up session on December 5.  In contrast to other committee markups that have reflected significant partisan differences, Republican and Democratic members commented on the bipartisan nature of the negotiations regarding the bills, acknowledging important input from the weather community in the development of the legislation.

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