Share This

Share/Save
 

Congress

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.

 

28 Apr 2017

This week, the House Science Committee held a hearing to discuss new developments in the field of astrobiology, a favorite subject of Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX). Committee members praised work in the field and agreed with the witnesses’ appraisal of its popular appeal and inherent importance.

21 Apr 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has new congressional guidance for its weather research, forecasting, and observations programs, including authorizations for a new seasonal forecasting program, a greater focus on research-to-operations, and improved coordination across the U.S. weather enterprise.

20 Apr 2017

This week, the Department of Defense launched a comprehensive review of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. The review comes at a time when members of Congress have become increasingly concerned about the state of the nation’s nuclear weapons enterprise and have begun to debate whether the weapons labs should conduct R&D on new types of nuclear weapons.

7 Apr 2017

At the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee’s first hearing of the year, committee members and weather community leaders highlighted the importance of integrated water forecasting and raised concerns about the impact of the administration’s NOAA and NASA budget proposals.

6 Apr 2017

Congress is currently advancing four bills that would support the commercialization of new nuclear reactor designs by enhancing R&D at the Department of Energy and instituting a new licensing framework at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

5 Apr 2017

The House has passed two bills to overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses and reviews science. Proponents say the legislation would increase public trust and stakeholder participation in EPA’s decisions, but critics assert the bills would prevent the agency from using the best available science and academic expertise.

31 Mar 2017

At a House Science Committee hearing on climate science this week, participants debated the validity of the scientific consensus on the subject. Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) also used the event to further articulate the view that many scientists are not routinely following proper scientific method — an increasingly prevalent theme in the committee’s work.

27 Mar 2017

At the second of two hearings this month on the National Science Foundation, the House Science Committee looked primarily at the health of cross-directorate funding and at the public availability of data and other research inputs. The hearing also addressed the question of reproducibility in research, which is emerging as a major theme in the committee’s work.

23 Mar 2017

At a Senate hearing, appropriations subcommittee members stressed the importance of sustaining federal investment in STEM education programs during a time of uncertainty for education funding.

22 Mar 2017

Last week, experts in advanced materials testified before a House subcommittee on the potential of their work and the challenges they face. Warning of declining U.S. leadership in their field, they urged increased federal support for R&D as well as policy changes to speed technology commercialization.

Pages