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.

22 Apr 2016

The House passed legislation that would make it easier and faster for mining companies to get approval from the federal government to develop minerals on federal lands, although opponents are concerned that the bill would undermine key environmental protections

13 Nov 2015

Earlier today the House of Representatives started its consideration of the FY 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.  Roll call votes on amendments to the bill will not occur until July.

The bill provides $30,170.0 million in base funding, down $246.0 million from this year’s appropriation, and $3,092.4 million less than the Administration’s request. 

24 Jun 2015

The House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee met this morning to mark up its FY 2016 appropriations bill.  Yesterday the full committee issued a short press release and the draft version of the 134-page bill.   The all-important committee report providing specific funding levels and policy guidance for individual programs has not been released.

10 Jun 2015

The Senate Interior, Environment Appropriations Subcommittee meet for two hours on March 4 to review the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of the Interior.  A number of topics were discussed with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell; however there were no questions about the Administration’s request for the U.S. Geological Survey.

13 Mar 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has requested $1,194.8 million for FY 2016.  This request provides an increase of $149.8 million or 14.3 percent over the FY 2015 appropriation of $1,045.0 million.  The USGS falls within the Department of the Interior. 

The USGS FY 2016 budget highlights document is available here.  The document notes:

6 Feb 2015

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015. 

17 Dec 2014

Federal funding of scientific research is currently a hot topic in
Washington for those with an interest in science policy.  Both
Congress and the White House, as well as numerous private
organizations, are examining how and why the federal government
supports research, and how the nation benefits by those efforts.
Numerous reports have studied the issue, one of the most notable
being the "Report of the Task Force on the Health of Research" of
the House science committee (for more information on this report,
see FYI #129, 1992.)

3 Sep 1993

As a service to AIP's Member Societies and the physics community, the following positions statements adopted or reaffirmed by the American Geophysical Union are provided below:


Adopted by AGU Council December 1981
Reaffirmed in May 1990, May 26, 1994, and on May 28, 1998.

"The Council of the American Geophysical Union notes with concern the continuing efforts by creationists for administrative, legislative, and juridical actions designed to require or promote the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory.

6 Jul 1998

The Bush Administration has requested an FY 2002 budget for the U.S. Geological Survey of $813.4 million. This is a reduction of 7.9%, or $69.4 million, from the FY 2001 budget of $882.8 million.

20 Apr 2001


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