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Atlean Lake in British Columbia.
California senators unveil drought relief bill
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Document Type: News Brief


Technology background
House Committee reviews success of Helium Stewardship Act
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
On July 8, the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing reviewing the year-old Helium Stewardship Act’s (HSA) implementation.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Water Glyph
House passes California drought relief bill despite Administration veto threat
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015
On July 16, the House passed the Western Waters and American Food Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 2898), largely along party lines. The bill addresses drought by laying the groundwork for new water storage projects in California and loosens environmental restrictions in the state.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Water Glyph
House Committee hears testimony on Administration’s proposed “social cost of carbon” rule
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on July 22 to assess a proposed standard from the Environmental Protection Agency known as the social cost of carbon (SCC).
Document Type: News Brief


Technology background
House bill would require NSF research grants to provide national interest justification
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced the Scientific Research in the National Interest Act (H.R. ___) on July 30. The bill would require all National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to provide a non-technical explanation of the purpose of their research and explain how it serves the national interest.
Document Type: News Brief


Icebergs in Greeland
House Committee hears Coast Guard testimony on Arctic icebreakers
Date: Monday, July 27, 2015
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing on July 27 on the National Icebreaker Fund Act (H.R. 3214), which would fund construction and renovation of icebreakers as well as government leases on privately owned vessels.
Document Type: News Brief


Flow of data
Senate Committee seeks stakeholder input in preparation for COMPETES reauthorization
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Following the House’s move in May to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, the Senate has announced their intention to draft a version of the bill by this fall.
Document Type: News Brief


Capitol at night
Federal Register - July 2015
A list of notices from the federal register for July 2015 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.
Document Type: News Brief


Mammatus clouds that are usually associated with thunderstorms.
Oversight hearing on "the Helium Stewardship Act and the path forward”
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Document Type: Hearing Summary


The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
OCS seismic surveying hearing underscores differences in scientific opinion
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard testimony from industry representatives and academics on the permitting process for seismic surveys to prospect for oil and gas.



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