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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.


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.

27 Nov 2013

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a November 13 hearing to discuss the role that manufacturing hubs play in strengthening the innovation economy.

14 Nov 2013

Last  week’s two-hour hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and  Transportation revealed much support for federal funding of basic research but  few details about the committee’s plans to reauthorize the America COMPETES  Act.

26 Nov 2013

Last  week’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science,  Space, and Technology had twin objectives.   It offered the opportunity for subcommittee members, a senior official  of the DOE Office of Science, and two other witnesses to describe the  importance of the research that the Office supports.  It also gave the Members and witnesses a  chance to offer first comments on a draft discussion bill to authorize programs  and funding levels for the Office of Science in FY 2014 and FY 2015. 

23 May 2013

This week the full House Appropriations Committee issued its versions of two of twelve FY 2014 funding bills.

24 Apr 2013

Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren appeared before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee last week to answer questions about the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 request for several important science agencies.