House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

26 Jun 2020

Acting head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Neil Jacobs and other top agency officials are at odds over an independent investigation that concluded he violated the agency’s scientific integrity policy during the controversy that erupted last fall over Hurricane Dorian forecasts.

12 Mar 2020

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s long-awaited energy innovation legislation is in limbo after a dispute broke out during floor debate over proposed add-on provisions.

20 Feb 2020

Legislative efforts are under way in the House and Senate to advance broad policy legislation for NASA, with potential implications for scientific activities. In the House, lawmakers are seeking to exert particularly strong control over the agency’s plans for the Moon and Mars.

13 Feb 2020

New policy proposals circulating in Congress and floated on the campaign trail suggest that politicians in both parties have an appetite for significantly increasing federal R&D spending.

26 Nov 2019

The House Science Committee approved legislation this month dedicated to supporting rural students and educators, the latest in a series of bills it has advanced that aim to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

20 Nov 2019

Members of the House Science Committee pressed EPA for details last week on how its proposed science transparency rule will affect regulations already in place after a New York Times report suggested the rule could apply retroactively.

29 Oct 2019

For the first time, legislation aiming to bolster scientific integrity policies across federal agencies has advanced out of the House Science Committee and gained Republican support. Meanwhile, a report from a bipartisan task force of former government officials recommends that Congress take strong actions to protect government research and the appointment of qualified agency officials from political interference.

3 Oct 2019

The House is proposing steady funding for the Department of Energy’s nuclear and fossil energy R&D programs and significant increases for renewable energy and grid-related R&D. The Senate, meanwhile, is proposing generally larger increases across all of DOE’s applied R&D programs, including initial funding for an advanced nuclear reactor demonstration program.

11 Sep 2019

Multiple investigations are being opened into a NOAA statement criticizing a National Weather Service social media message that contradicted one from President Trump about the track of Hurricane Dorian. The White House reportedly pressured the agency via the Commerce Department to repudiate its forecasters' messaging.

7 Aug 2019

The leaders of the House Science Committee have introduced competing reauthorization bills for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy. The Democratic majority’s bill calls for the agency’s budget to increase from its current level of $366 million to $1 billion over five years, while the Republican-backed bill recommends more moderate growth.

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