The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a markup of H.R. 1561, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2015 on March 25. The Committee unanimously passed H.R. 1561 at the conclusion of the markup, with all Republican and Democratic Members voting for the bill, and members are confident of full house passage.
The Committee’s “Views and Estimates” letter includes critiques of the investments proposed by the Administration for atmospheric and related science. The same day in February, an ad hoc coalition of more than 60 different research organizations—including UCAR and many of its Member Institutions—released a letter making the case for the value and importance of such investments.
El Niño and La Niña exert a strong influence on weather in the United States and around the world. During the briefing, three experts on the El Niño–Southern Oscillation clarified misperceptions, explained ENSO behavior, and outlined the state of the science aimed at predicting the onset and preparing for the impacts of these significant events.
House and Senate leadership has announced the heads of the congressional committees that will oversee the science agencies and write the funding and authorizing legislation for science in the current session.
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