Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

April 19, 2016

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office


The House and Senate Energy Appropriations Subcommittees marked up their FY2017 spending bills but failed to meet the administration’s request for a 20% increase in clean energy technology R&D, essentially flat funding these programs. The White House issued a veto threat on the bill because “it underfunds critical energy research and development activities and fails to put us on an achievable path toward doubling clean energy research and development by FY 2021.” (Sources: American Institute of Physics, White House)


Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) introduced the American Space Renaissance Act on April 14th.  Birdenstine’s key objectives are to clarify NASA’s mission, encourage commercial space innovation, and protect space-based defense capabilities. (Source: Space Policy Online)


As part of the Science Policy Initiative, twenty-six MIT students participated in this year’s Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day: STEM on the Hill, held April 12th and 13th. STEM on the Hill is an annual event that encourages interaction between members of the scientific community and Congress to raise visibility and support for STEM. (Source: SETWG CVD)

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