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11 Jun 2015

This morning the full Senate Appropriations Committee met and approved by a vote of 27-3 their FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  The $51.1 billion bill provides funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.  The House passed its version of this bill earlier this month.

8 Jun 2015

“We have also prioritized the work the Department of Justice is doing in enforcing our laws. We have made sure that scientific research, space exploration are prioritized, and America will preserve its leadership in the world in space exploration.    We have made sure that weather forecasting is funded and taken care of” said Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) when describing his FY 2016 funding bill on the House floor. 

15 May 2015

It took about one hour yesterday for the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee to approve its FY 2016 bill providing funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.  The 100-page bill was passed by voice vote without any amendments being offered.

13 May 2015

The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee meets tomorrow to consider its FY 2016 funding bill.  The subcommittee issued a three-page release this morning providing summary information on the 100-page draft bill. 

31 Mar 2015

“The bill before us today will help us reclaim superior weather prediction and forecasting capabilities.  Our citizens deserve this” said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) at last week’s markup of H.R. 1561, “The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2015.” 

Lucas made his comments during a thirty minute session of the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  The bill was passed by a bipartisan voice vote with no apparent opposition.

26 Mar 2015

“Weather forecasting is so vital and the work that you're doing in ocean mapping and exploration is absolutely essential. And we'll do our very best to protect you” said House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) at the start of last week’s hearing on the FY 2016 request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

10 Mar 2015

House and Senate appropriators have held important hearings in the last two weeks on the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of Commerce.  Among the topics discussed at these hearings were the weather satellite program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and manufacturing programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

19 Feb 2015

A joint hearing last week by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee provided an update on the status of a program to replace key aging satellites providing critical data used in weather predictions.  Among the witnesses was Alexander MacDonald, President of the American Meteorological Society, a Member Society of the American Institute of Physics.

16 Dec 2014

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. 

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