From climate monitoring, to diabetes, maternal care, water quality, coral reefs, and HeLa Cells- 7 House Committee Bills to Follow Today

*A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.*

1. H.R. 6321: To reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 and for other purposes.

This bill will promote basic and applied research to develop, test, and deploy innovations and improvements in coastal and ocean observation technologies, including advanced observing technologies needed to address critical data gaps, modeling systems, other scientific and technological capabilities to improve the understanding of weather and climate, ocean-atmosphere dynamics, global climate change, and the physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of the ocean, coastal and Great Lakes environments.

Sponsor: Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9] (member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.)

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration. Related bill S. 1886 (identical), Passed Senate Last Action: Sep 26, 2016

 

2. H.R. 6311: National Opportunity for Lead Exposure Accountability and Deterrence Act of 2016  this bill will amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve transparency under the national primary drinking water regulations for lead and copper, and for other purposes.

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

3. H.R. 1209: Improving Access to Maternity Care Act this bill will amend the Public Health Service Act to distribute maternity care health professionals to health professional shortage areas identified as in need of maternity care health services.

This bill passed in the House on November 14, 2016 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Sponsor:  Rep. Michael Burgess (Member, Subcommittee on Health)

4. H.R. 1192: National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act

This bill will amend the Public Health Service Act to foster more effective implementation and coordination of clinical care for people with a complex metabolic or autoimmune disease, a disease resulting from insulin deficiency or insulin resistance, or complications caused by such a disease, and for other purposes.

Sponsor:  Rep. Pete Olson

This bill passed in the House on November 14, 2016 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

5. H.R. 6331: Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2016 this bill will authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

 

6. H.R. 3387: Open and Transparent Smithsonian Act of 2015  this bill will amend the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act to apply the requirements of such Acts to the Smithsonian Institution, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Eleanor Norton

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on November 16, 2016.

7. H.Res. 926: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President should award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously, to Mrs. Henrietta Lacks, in recognition of her invaluable contribution to modern science 

Sponsor: Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]

This resolution was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

 

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