Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

September 28, 2015

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

Appropriations

A surprise announcement from Speaker of the House, John Boehner, of his retirement in October stuns Congress and increases the chances that a clean continuing resolution (CR) will pass this week to avoid a Government shutdown. The CR will keep the government open until December 11th, when Congress will have to negotiate the budget again. (Source: Politico)

Energy

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a Chinese cap and trade program with President Obama at the White House on September 25th. The joint announcement also included a pledge of $3 billion from China in climate aid, similar to one Obama pledged previously. This is the second joint announcement from the two presidents to bolster climate agreement talks taking place in Paris this December.  (Source: Washington Post)

Research

The National Academies released a report on university and research regulations, Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century. MIT Professor, Claude Canizares, was on the report committee and spoke at the release event on September 22nd. (Source: National Academies)


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