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Natural gas pump
Hearing assesses social cost of carbon
How should the federal government price carbon in its assessments?
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The White House
President’s FY2018 budget request cuts science agency funding
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Today, President Trump released his FY 2018 budget request outlining funding priorities and top-line spending levels for federal agencies.
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Trump Nominates Gorsuch to fill Supreme Court vacancy
On January 31 President Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
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The White House
President Trump issues executive order requiring two rules to be recalled for every new one
President Trump issued the “Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” on January 30.
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Regulatory Accountability Act Passes House
The House passed the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R.5) on January 11.
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House introduces amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act
On February 15, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-6) introduced an amendment (H.R.1068) to t the Safe Drinking Water Act, which was last amended in 1996.
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Senate passes NASA Transition Authorization Act
On February 17, the Senate unanimously passed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act (S.442).
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House Committee holds hearing on NASA’s past, present, and future
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on the future of NASA on February 16, 2017.
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REAL Space Act Introduced
Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL-8) introduced the Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act (H.R.870) on February 3.
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