The Senate voted 90 to 7 in favor of moving the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943) to conference committee, where senators will meet with representatives to create one bill from this and the previously-passed House version, H.R. 4909.
Since the Consortium for Ocean Leadership Legislative Tracker was last updated on March 4th, 20 bills of interest to the ocean sciences community were introduced in Congress.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has received an application from Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to the installation of the Block Island Wind Farm Export and Inter-Array Cables.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing to review the Administration’s budget request for defense innovation and research in FY17 to learn more about the U.S.’s role as the world’s leader in technology and innovation.
During the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works oversight hearing to examine the President’s FY 2017 budget request, Chairman James Inhofe (OK) was highly disparaging of the requested budgetary increases for climate change, while Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (CA) lauded EPA’s efforts to protect human health and the environment.
The House of Representatives and the Senate passed the two-year bipartisan budget deal raising the debt ceiling until March 2015, and increasing federal spending by about $80 billion over the next two years.
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) reintroduced as a stand-alone measure, H.R.3293, the most controversial section (Section 106) of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, H.R. 1806.