The latest proposed budget cuts are receiving a cold reception from Cognress. (Credit: Pexels)

Latest Trump Budget Cuts At A Glance

The Trump White House is proposing to cut $18 billion from a variety of domestic programs and foreign aid accounts in ongoing talks on a wrap-up spending package for the ongoing 2017 budget year....

Emissions from coal fired power plant. (Credit: Emilian Robert Vicol/Flickr)

Trump Dramatically Changes US Approach To Climate Change

President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency, which officials said looks to curb the federal government’s enforcement of climate regulations by putting American jobs above addressing climate change. The order represents a clear difference between how Trump and former President Barack Obama view the role the United States plays in combating climate change, and dramatically alters the government’s approach to rising sea levels and temperatures — two impacts of climate change.

Summary of this month’s ocean and science related legislation. (Credit: Brocken Inaglory / Wikimedia)

Congress’s March Madness

While the budget, health care, and Supreme Court hearings dominated the news this month, members of Congress were also busy introducing bills and passing the first science-related acts of the new year.

Coast Guard Commandant discusses funding and future missions before Senate Commerce Committee. (Credit: Jacob J. Kirk/U.S. Navy)

U.S. Coast Guard’s Role In Maritime Security

The passenger cruise ship Crystal Serenity, with more than 1,700 passengers onboard, became the largest commercial cruise ship to navigate the Northwest Passage in August 2016. As a result of increasing maritime traffic and human activity in the Arctic, the U.S. Coast Guard is keeping a close eye on their ability to maneuver in the region.

Deficiencies in offshore drilling management highlighted in House committee hearing. (Credit: Adam Dean/New York Times)

Government Accountability Office Gives Bad Grades To BSEE

When children receive a bad report card they must face their parents. The same is true for government agencies, only they appear before Congress. Last week, the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) listed the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on their 2017 High Risk List (an evaluation at the start of every new Congress calling attention to programs most in need of transformation).

(Click to enlarge) D.C. streets during the snowstorm.

Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst

When a snowstorm closed airports across the northeast last week, two congressmen stranded in Texas devised a creative travel scheme, opting for a cross-country road trip to D.C. instead of waiting for airports to reopen. While their adventure received significant attention, the subject of natural disasters was also receiving attention in several congressional hearings. In the House and Senate, hearings focused specifically on flood insurance, and members of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing to discuss the future of the National Preparedness System (NPS).

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FEMA Flood Insurance Program Underwater

Ninety percent of natural disasters in the United States involve a flood. Want to check if your home’s location is in a high-risk flood zone? Thanks to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), you can. NFIP, which is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), identifies and maps flood risks, provides flood insurance for 5.1 million policyholders, and runs programs to incentivize flood risk reduction.