S&T Bills to Watch: Increasing Research for Weather and Forecasting, Great Lakes, Plumbing, Marine Mammals, and NASA Authorization and more.

*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. 1561: Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2016

To improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, to expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather data, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Frank Lucas

Last Action: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

This bill has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on December 1, 2016.

2. H.R. 6424: To require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish a premise plumbing research laboratory, and for other purposes.

To require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish a premise plumbing research laboratory, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]

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

3. H.R. 6430: To require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to conduct an assessment of cultural and historic resources in the waters of the Great Lakes, and for other purposes.

To require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to conduct an assessment of cultural and historic resources in the waters of the Great Lakes, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]

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

 

4. S. 3059: Marine Mammal Research and Response Act of 2016

To reauthorize and amend the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue and Response Grant Program and for other purposes.

This bill’s text for status Reported by Senate Committee (Nov 28, 2016) is now available.

 

5. S. 2058: Metropolitan Weather Hazards Protection Act of 2015

A bill to require the Secretary of Commerce to study the coverage gaps of the Next Generation Weather Radar of the National Weather Service and to develop a plan for improving radar coverage and hazardous weather detection and forecasting.

Last Action: Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Unanimous Consent.

Explanation: This bill passed in the Senate on December 1, 2016 and goes to the House next for consideration.

 

6. S. 3346: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2016

*Note: The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which directs how federal funds should or should not be used. (It does not set overall spending limits, however, which are the subject of appropriations bills.) Authorizations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year) but are often renewed in subsequent law.

This bill’s authorizes the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and for other purposes, the text for status Reported by Senate Committee (Dec 5, 2016) is now available.

7. S. 3495: A bill to amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to designate certain research and extension grants to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering

Sponsor: Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]

This bill amend s the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to designate certain research and extension grants to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as “Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Grants”.

It  was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.

 

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