Latest News

April 2017

March 2017

  • Weather Bill Passes Senate: The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), passes the Senate without objection. (29 Mar 2017)
  • HONEST Act Passes House: A revamped version of the Secret Science bill, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act, passes the House. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), aims to make scientific research and data at EPA more transparent, but draws criticism from scientific organizations. Read AGU’s transparency position statement. (29 Mar 2017)
  • Nuclear Energy Bill Introduced: Senator Barasso (R-WY) along with a bipartisan group of 10 senators introduced S.512 Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act. The bill is currently being considered in the Senate. (20 March 2017)
  • President’s Budget Released: The White House released the President’s budget, entitled “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again“, a “skinny” or outline of the President’s budget. The Administration is slated to release a more detailed budget in May. Read AGU’s response here.
  • House Republicans’ Science Priorities: Today, the Republican members of the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee sent their fiscal year 2018 views and estimates to the House Budget Committee. This document outlines the GOP’s views on the agencies within it’s jurisdiction, including: Department of Energy’s Office of Science, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). (13 March 2017)
  • Senate Democrats’ Science Priorities: Today, some Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Space, and Transportation Committee sent their fiscal year 2018 views and estimates to the Senate Budget Committee.  This document outlines the GOP’s views on the agencies within it’s jurisdiction, including: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. (10 March 2017)
  • Scientific integrity bill introduced in the House: Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduces  the Scientific Integrity Act, a companion to the Senate bill introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL). (3 Mar 2017)
  • New Secretary of Energy: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) was confirmed by the Senate to be the new Secretary of Energy. (2 Mar 2017)
  • New Secretary of Interior: Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was confirmed by the Senate to be the new Secretary of Interior. (1 Mar 2017)

February 2017

  • INSPIRE ACT Becomes Law: The law directs NASA to encourage women and girls to pursue STEM education opportunities and careers in aerospace. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and in the Senate by Dean Heller (R-NV). (28 Feb 2017)
  • Earth and Space Science 101: Missed the first briefing of the House Earth and Space Science Caucus? Check out storify for a great recap of the event! (28 Feb 2017)
  • New Commerce Secretary: In a 72-27 vote, the Senate confirmed Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary. To learn more about Secretary Ross and the other nominees, read our Bridge blog post here. (27 Feb 2017)
  • Member’s day is February 28th: While only 52 out of 435 members of the House of Representatives sit on the Appropriations Committee, which writes the yearly federal discretionary spending bills, every Representative can make a public statement to the committee, stating their priorities for federal spending. Ask your Representative to stand up and speak out for Earth and space science. Deadline for Representatives to request time for testimony is 21 February, so act now. (15 Feb 2017)
  • Science Adviser Petition Update: We reached 10,000 signatures. Thank you to all who signed, shared, and supported our efforts. (13 Feb 2017)
  • Senate introduces bill to protect scientific integrity: Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and over 20 other senators introduce the Scientific Integrity Act, which aims to protect science at federal agencies from political interference. (7 Feb 2017)

January 2017

  • President Trump signs immigration ban executive order. Stand against the immigration ban, and tell your legislator that science has no borders. (27 Jan 2017)
  • Scientific Integrity: AGU issues letters to U.S. federal agencies addressing recent developments, where directives have been given for the agencies to cease public communications. Stand up for scientific integrity by sharing an AGU letter (25 Jan 2017)
  • Space Weather Bill: Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) introduces the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act, which would establish a national, coordinated plan to better understand and forecast space weather events (12 Jan 2017)
  • Science Policy Events at 2016 Fall Meeting: Did you miss a science policy event at Fall Meeting. Catch-up here. (10 Jan 2017)

December 2016

  • Heading to San Francisco for Fall Meeting? Learn more about science policy events. (1 Dec 2016)