On March 9, the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology held the first of two hearings related to NSF, focusing on “overview and oversight” of NSF programs by the science committee’s research panel.
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has released the committee’s top priorities for the 115th Congress.
5 Science and Technology House Bills to Watch- Nuclear Energy, Energy Research, FDA and Cosmetics, Development of Mineral Resources, and Fetal Tissue Donations.
Federal science agencies in general will be barred from starting new programs or stopping old ones and from implementing funding increases submitted in the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request.
Both the House and Senate have passed the fiscal year 2017 “National Defense Authorization Act." The NDAA is a bill, passed annually, that authorizes and sets policy for defense programs at the Defense and Energy Departments, including defense R&D.
S. 612 Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation (WiiN) Act, S.612, with a vote of 78-21 drew a mix of Republications and Democrats on each side. A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then signed by the President to become law.
21st Century Cures Act PASSES Senate 94-5 . More than $192 million in lobbying expenses have been spent on the 21st Century Cures Act and other legislative priorities by 58 pharmaceutical companies, 24 device companies and 26 biotech companies, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of lobbying data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.