Representative Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands (Credit: Rmotta / wikimedia)

Successes And Challenges With Endangered Species Listings

A joint hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and Interior Subcommittees examined the barriers to removing federal protections, or delisting species from the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA).

Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Credit: http://www.darpa.mil/)

In Defense [Of] Innovation And Research

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.

US Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. (Credit: Kevin Burkett/Flickr)

Spare No Expense On Defense

On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Subcommitee on Seapower and Projection Forces marked up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA; H.R. 4909).

Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator (Credit: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/images/GinaMcCarthy-th.jpg)

Committee Clashes On Increasing EPA Funding

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 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a confirmation hearing for Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump’s Department of Commerce secretary nominee. (Credit: NOAA)

Science Funding Moves Forward

In a show of bipartisanship, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to approve the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies bill.