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U.S. Capitol
Federal Register - August 2014
A list of notices from the federal register for August 2014 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
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IES Oceans Glyph
Bipartisan House bill would improve tsunami forecasting and preparedness in U.S.
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Before the August recess, a bipartisan coalition of members from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014 (H.R. 5309), a bill which would reauthorize the Tsunami Warning and Education Act of 2006. The bill is intended to enhance coordination among coastal states to improve tsunami research and mitigation.
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The White House
EPA announces new acting officials while appointees await confirmation
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
On August 7, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the names of several new acting officials to fill vacancies in the agency’s administration. President Obama has nominated six officials, but the positions remain open while these individuals await hearings in the slow confirmation process.
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Montana senator introduces legislation to fund CCS projects
Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Senator John Walsh (D-MT) introduced legislation on August 1 that calls for funding of CCS units across the country and follows recent regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that mandate a reduction in carbon emissions.
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Western Democrats introduce water bill to address drought crisis
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
On July 31, a group of Democrats from Western states introduced the Water in the 21st Century Act, which includes a number of programs intent on conserving and managing diminishing water supplies in drought-stricken states.
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U.S. Capitol
Senate committee passes bill restricting agency conference travel
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Conference Accountability Act of 2014 to limit the travel of federal employees to conferences.
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U.S. Capitol
Senate committee releases draft of Interior and Environment appropriations report
Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
The Senate Committee on Appropriations released a committee report to accompany their Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill on August 1. Committee reports allow legislators to make their views on funding levels public at a time when the Senate appropriations process has come to a halt, and it is unclear whether specific appropriations bills will be voted on in committee and on the Senate floor.
Document Type: News Brief

 

U.S. Capitol
Federal Register - July 2014
A list of notices from the federal register for July 2014 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
Document Type: News Brief

 

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Critical minerals bill fails to pass House without Republican support
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
On July 22, the House failed to achieve the two-thirds majority vote required to pass the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act of 2013 (H.R. 1022), which supported federal investment in research and development for energy critical materials.
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Mammatus clouds that are usually associated with thunderstorms.
Senate subcommittee examines future of the National Flood Insurance Program
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on July 23 to discuss the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is up for reauthorization in 2017. The hearing covered recent changes to legislation aimed at increasing the NFIP’s solvency and plans to update Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) across the country.
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