The Oceans Caucus Foundation, with support from a number of organizations, hosted a Congressional briefing to discuss ongoing issues associated with marine debris and how to solve this global problem.
At a hearing in front of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, the discussion centered not only the need to build more submarines but on the technological advances that will be required.
Representative Sam Farr (CA-20) opened the Marine Technology Society and the House Oceans Caucus Congressional briefing this week by noting his attempts over 28 years in Congress “trying to develop as much interest in the ocean as there is in space.”
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing on the Coast Guard’s implementation capabilities in the Arctic to outline the state of play in the region.
Presidential Innovation Fellows Program And National Institute Of Standards And Technology Reauthorization Passed By House
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Improvement Act of 2016 (H.R. 5639), which passed by voice vote, would reauthorize NIST through Fiscal Year 2017. The House also passed H.R. 5658, the Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional National Talent (TALENT) Act of 2016 by an overwhelming margin of 409 to 8.
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.
Rules will require extensive contingency plans in event of oil spill.
Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.
Technology has changed almost every aspect of American life, and some think it’s time for offshore leasing to receive an update as well. The Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act (H.R. 5577) would modernize the process, originally defined by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
The Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine current and future U.S. weather satellite systems, as well as the partnerships that facilitate accurate and timely forecasting.