Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

July 20, 2015

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


The success of the New Horizons fly by of Pluto last week reignited debate about NASA spending priorities. (Source: National Journal)


Ernie Moniz, Secretary of Energy and former MIT physics professor, continues to play a key role in the Iran nuclear deal pending Congressional approval. Some are concerned that an extended Congressional review period past the August recess will further delay budget negotiations required to avert a government shutdown this fall. (Source: Wall Street Journal)


Senate appropriators advanced the FY2016 agriculture spending bill with cuts to R&D funding. The bill includes the USDA, FDA, Forest Service and more. The bill is unlikely to be considered on the Senate floor. (Source: AAAS, Senate Appropriations Committee

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