congress

April 28, 2019

The much-hyped Green New Deal, which laid out the broad strokes of a U.S. transition to green energy by 2030, failed in Congress. But its champions haven’t given up. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and other like-minded legislators are working on a series of smaller bills to achieve the same end.

April 26, 2019

Chuck Schumer, one of the most powerful people in Washington, uses a flip phone. The kind of phone with a tiny screen and real buttons, designed for making actual phone calls, not writing emails. But then, the Senate minority leader rarely emails, telling the New York Times a few years ago that he sends about one every four months. In case manufacturers stop making his favorite flip phone, Schumer has stockpiled ten of them.

April 18, 2019

The U.S. Air Force needs more fighter aircraft and it needs them fast. The current fleet is too old and too small to guarantee the air superiority that deters potential adversaries and is essential to win wars. To reverse this dangerous state of affairs, Congress must alter the Pentagon’s proposed 2020 budget by adding F-35As, dropping the plan to buy the F-15EX, and funding the development of a next generation of air-dominance technologies.

April 14, 2019

The scientifically-inclined members of the 115th Congress included one physicist, one microbiologist, and one chemist, as well as eight engineers and one mathematician. The medical professions were slightly better represented, with three nurses and 15 doctors, as well as at least three veterinarians.

April 10, 2019

Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the largest technology companies to collect and make money off people's personal data. A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their data. Companies would need permission to release such information.

April 09, 2019

Representatives Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Susan Brooks, R-Ind., announced the introduction of H.R. 1328: the ACCESS BROADBAND Act today, bipartisan legislation that would expand broadband access in underserved areas and create a simpler process for small businesses and local economic developers to access federal broadband resources.

April 09, 2019

If the Democrats’ net neutrality bill were to pass through Congress, it’s likely that President Donald Trump would veto it, according to a new statement from the White House today. It’s not surprising that Trump is expected to veto the Democrat-led net neutrality initiative, but Monday’s statement is one of the first direct comments from the White House on the legislation that is expected to easily pass through the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

April 05, 2019

The bill, called the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, comes in response to a study published last year that found 58 percent of women in STEM fields say they have been sexually harassed. It is the companion measure to a House bill introduced earlier this year by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).

April 04, 2019

House Democrats advanced their flagship net neutrality bill on Wednesday, clearing the final hurdle before a floor vote next week. The House Energy and Commerce Committee in a 30-22 party-line vote approved the Save the Internet Act, which would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Obama-era regulations requiring internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.

April 04, 2019

The STARBASE program is run at student academies set up on existing military bases. The goal of the program is to provide STEM-focused experiments and activities to motivate students to further explore STEM subjects throughout their continuing education. The STARBASE academies serve students who are historically underrepresented in STEM: students who live in inner cities or rural locations, are socioeconomically disadvantaged, low in academic performance, or have a disability.

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