All posts by Jyotsna Pandey

HR 5685: Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act of 2020

The legislation would create a long-term strategy for investment in basic research and infrastructure to safeguard American scientific leadership and address climate change.  It aims to tackle two challenges: competition for global scientific leadership that the US is facing from China, which has expanded public R&D funding by more than 50 percent between 2011 and 2016, and climate change. 

The bill would double federal investments in basic research over the next ten years at the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The bill would also authorize investments in research infrastructure and support “an increase in key programs to grow the American pipeline of STEM-capable workers.”

S.3397: INSPIRES Act

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 by establishing a program to support the modernization, renovation, or repair of career and technical education facilities, to enable schools serving grades 6 through 12 that are located in rural areas or that serve Native American students to remodel or build new facilities to provide STEM classrooms and laboratories and support high-speed internet, and for other purposes.

HR 1865: Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020

This bill provides Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations for several federal departments and agencies. It includes 8 of the 12 regular FY 2020 appropriations bills for:

  • Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
  • Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
  • Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • Legislative Branch
  • Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  • State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
  • Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Read more at: https://www.aibs.org/public-policy-reports/2019_12_23.html#067093

HR 3742: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2019

This bill would provide funding for (1) the conservation or restoration of wildlife and plant species of greatest conservation need; (2) the wildlife conservation strategies of states, Indian tribes, or territories; or (3) wildlife conservation education and recreation projects.

The legislation also states that the Department of the Interior must use a portion of the funding for a grant program. The grants must be used for innovative recovery efforts for species of greatest conservation need, species listed as endangered or threatened species, or the habitats of such species.

HR 3115: Living Shorelines Act of 2019

The bill would direct the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make grants to State and local governments and nongovernmental organizations for purposes of carrying out climate-resilient living shoreline projects that protect coastal communities by supporting ecosystem functions and habitats with the use of natural materials and systems. The legislation has been approved by the House Natural Resources Committee.