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The current status of the Paris Climate Agreement
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Document Type: News Brief


Capitol at night
Budget update for September
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The House and Senate successfully passed a short-term spending bill on September 28 that will fund the federal government through December 9, 2016.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol with flag
Federal Register - September 2016
A list of notices from the federal register for September 2016 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Water Glyph
Senate and House pass Water Resources Development Act
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
On September 15, the Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) (S. 2848), marking a major milestone in the two-year water policy bill. The bill passed with a final vote of 95-3. The House version of the bill was voted upon once an amendment authorizing funding to aid Flint, MI, was approved, and it passed on September 28 with a final vote of 399-25.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Astronomy Glyph
Senate meets to markup NASA reauthorization bill
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
On September 21, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation (CST) Committee convened a full committee markup on several bills, including a bill to reauthorize NASA, known as the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016 (S.3346).
Document Type: News Brief


Flow of data
House Subcommittee on Space holds hearing on commercial remote sensing
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space held a hearing on September 7, which assessed how previous legislation has impacted the private sector’s ability to obtain licenses and data for commercial remote sensing purposes.
Document Type: News Brief


Mount Saint Helens
Volcano early warning and monitoring bill discussed in Senate hearing
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
On September 17, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources Chairman Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced their National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act (S.2056). On September 22, they discussed the bill in a hearing with the committee.
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Congressional briefing held on ocean acidification
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) held a briefing on the economic impacts of ocean acidification (OA), or the process in which the ocean absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere, making its pH slightly more acidic.
Document Type: News Brief


The White House
President Obama signs climate change memorandum
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
On September 21, 2016, President Obama signed a memorandum addressing national security concerns posed by variations in Earth’s climate.
Document Type: News Brief



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