The First 40 Days of the Trump Administration

3 March 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-5

How the Federal Spending Process Works & What it Means for Science

Join us for our webinar next Thursday, 9 March 2017 from 2 to 3 pm ET to learn everything you need to successfully navigate the federal spending process and help ensure funding for science remains robust. Register here!

Can’t attend? Don’t worry, you can watch the recorded webinar and past webinars here.

Engagement Update

On 24 February 2017, AGU delivered a petition, with 10,028 signatures, to the Administration calling for the President to appoint a qualified science advisor. Over 794 AGU members wrote to their legislators urging them to protect scientific integrity and scientists’ ability to share their science. AGU members also sent over 231 letters in support of keeping science a global enterprise in response to concerns about the chilling effect the Administration’s immigration ban could have on science. Thank you to everyone who took a few minutes to participate!

New Science Legislation

Congress has already introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at influencing science policy. Our latest Bridge post details some of the bills currently being considered by Congress.

Trump’s Cabinet Appointments Advance

The Senate is moving quickly to confirm Trump’s cabinet nominees. In the past few weeks, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Wilbur Ross became Secretary of Commerce, which oversees NOAA, Ryan Zinke became Secretary of Interior, which oversees USGS, and Rick Perry was confirmed as Secretary of Energy. Check out AGU’s response to the nominees.