Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

November 9, 2015

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


Appropriations chairmen issued funding allocations on November 3rd, reflecting the increased spending caps afforded by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Congress still faces the December 11th deadline to pass appropriation legislation and keep the government open.


The House passed a transportation bill that authorizes $261 billion for highways and $55 billion on transit over 6 years. The bill was passed after representatives voted on nearly 130 amendments, and debated raising the gas tax. The bill now awaits conference with the Senate. (Source: The Hill)


The White House hosted a summit on November 6th highlighting the role of nuclear energy in the nation’s climate strategy. The summit featured innovators in nuclear energy including MIT alumna, Leslie Dawn, CEO of Transatomic Power, a company developing reactors to safely consume spent nuclear fuel to release carbon-free electricity at competitive prices. (Source: White House)

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