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IES Water Glyph
Bureau of Reclamation sends $50 million to water starved Western states for water conservation
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Department of the Interior announced on May 20 that $50 million from the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART grants will be sent to 12 drought-stricken states for water reclamation and reuse facilities, recycling and desalination programs, and water and energy infrastructure and efficiency initiatives.
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Mammatus clouds that are usually associated with thunderstorms.
House passes Weather and Forecasting Innovation Act
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
On May 20, the House passed the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R.1561) which would fund the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) research on storm forecasting and early warning systems.

 

Capitol at night
Senate bill aims to revise COMPETES legislation from House
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A Senate bill introduced on May 20 proposes revisions to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, which passed the House on May 19.
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Capitol at night
Federal science bill passes House amid funding debate
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
On May 19, the House voted to approve the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806).
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Drilling rig
Murkowski, Heitkamp introduce Senate bill to allow crude oil exports
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
One week after introducing the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015 (S. 1312), which would lift the US ban on exporting its crude oil to other nations, Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have introduced a second, more focused bill on the issue.
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Asteroid mining bill passes the House
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
The House passed the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act (SPACE) of 2015 on May 21, which is designed to facilitate exploration and exploitation of space resources by American businesses.
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Drilling rig
Bicameral push would give DOI discretion over pipeline permits through national parks
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Members of the House and Senate have introduced bills that would give the Department of the Interior (DOI) authority over natural gas pipeline permitting on federal lands in lieu of congressional oversight.
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U.S. Money
Senate appropriations committee approves FY 2016 energy and water development bill
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Senate Appropriations Committee met on May 21 to mark up the fiscal year (FY) 2016 energy and water development funding bill. The bill that passed the committee totals $35.4 billion, $1.2 billion above the FY 2015 enacted level and $668 million below the President’s request.
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U.S. Capitol
GAO releases report on oil and gas monitoring and venting
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) regulations regarding royalty payments and measurement standards for onshore oil and gas production.
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Capitol at night
House Appropriations Committee passes CJS FY 2016 spending bill with cuts to NOAA and NSF
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The House Appropriations Committee passed the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2016 by voice vote on May 20. The bill includes cuts to NOAA and NSF-GEO and -SBE Directorates.
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