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U.S. Capitol
Federal Register - October 2017

A list of notices from the federal register for October 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, and more.

 

Flow of data
United States and Taiwan scrap mission for next generation radio occultation satellites
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) agreed in a joint memorandum that the two agencies would halt plans to develop a second set of Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) 2 satellites, known as COSMIC-2B. However, for FY18, President Trump’s budget did not include a funding request for COSMIC 2B.   

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U.S. Capitol
Senate hearings on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill canceled
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has four major appropriation bills remaining to consider during the current Congressional session, including an appropriations bill for the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, which will determine the FY 2018 budget for the U.S. 

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Atlantic waves
Climate Solutions Caucus hits 60 members
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

On October 4, 2017 the Climate Solutions Caucus hit a record 60 members, with the addition of California representatives Mimi Walters (R-CA-45) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31).

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U.S. Money
Budget resolution requires natural resource committees to find $1 billion in increased revenue
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

On October 19, the Senate passed a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget resolution (H.Con.Res.71) with an amendment in the nature of a substitute (S.Amdt.1116), which sets the stage for passing tax reform legislation. Part of the Senate amendment includes instructions for both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to write legislative recommendations by November 13 that would result in $1 billion in new revenue over ten years to offset federal tax cuts.

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The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
Lawmakers consider expanding oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

On October 11, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources met to review a draft of the Accessing Strategic Resources Offshore (ASTRO) Act. Modeled after the successful revenue sharing scheme GOMESA, the ASTRO Act seeks to improve access to oil and gas resources and to provide more reliability in the federal management of OCS exploration and development.

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Books and Apple
Senator Rand Paul introduces bill to reform the federal grant review process
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On October 17, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the BASIC Research Act, a bill that would fundamentally change how the federal government reviews research grant proposals. The bill seeks to make several changes to peer review processes and broaden public access requirements for grant applications and research results.

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The White House
President Trump taps his picks to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Army Corps of Engineers; others nominees confirmed
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Setting a new record for waiting longer than any other president to nominate a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator, President Donald Trump officially tapped Barry Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, to lead the federal agency in charge of weather and climate predictions, ocean and coastal research, and fisheries management.  

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