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U.S. Capitol
Congress passes short-term continuing resolution for FY 2017
On April 28, Congress passed a short-term measure to fund the government through May 5, 2017, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown.
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Atlean Lake in British Columbia
Senate EPW committee hearing reviews Clean Water Act rule
On April 26, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held an oversight hearing to review the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
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Atlean Lake in British Columbia
Early warning and management can minimize impacts of harmful algal blooms
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hosted a briefing on April 4 to discuss the economic and public health impacts of harmful algal blooms.
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Earth
Hazards Caucus briefing conveys the importance of geologic mapping and monitoring
The Hazards Caucus Alliance, a network that supports the Congressional Hazards Caucus, hosted a briefing on April 6 about how geologic and hazards mapping and monitoring are used to prepare and protect communities from natural hazards.
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NASA hurricane satellite image
President signs comprehensive weather research and forecasting bill into law
The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R.353) was signed into law by President Trump on April 18.

 

The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
Executive order targets offshore leasing plans and regulations
President Donald Trump released an executive order targeting the five-year oil and gas leasing plan finalized under the Obama administration.

 

Earth
House committee hearing considers nuclear waste legislation
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on April 26 to examine a discussion draft of a bill that would amend certain provisions of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA) to streamline management and licensing processes for nuclear waste disposal.
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The White House
Group of senators urge President Trump to fill key science positions
Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a group of senators on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in urging President Donald Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science positions within his administration.
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U.S. Capitol
House science committee member questions DOE on reports of withholding ARPA-E funds
On April 26, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Energy Rick Perry requesting information regarding program management at the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
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