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America COMPETES: Photo of scientist adjusting sensing instrument
Prior to passage, several small changes were made to the bill. The Administration has stated its intention to veto the bill as passed by the House, in part because it still contains a freeze on geosciences research funding.
UCAR President Tom Bogdan testifying in Washington, DC in 2014
The hearing examined NOAA’s policies and partnerships for integrating myriad data sources into weather predictions, including satellite, aviation, surface, and ocean observing systems. Participants also addressed international satellite agreements and cooperation.
U.S. Drought Monitor map for May 19, 2015
The bill directs NOAA to improve seasonal forecasts covering "periods over two weeks but less than two years." This bill went through the markup process and was passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee on May 20. The next step for this bill will be a vote on the floor of the full Senate.
Mammatus clouds at sunset
Passage in the House sets the table for a potential conference between the House and Senate to combine provisions of their respective bills into a bicameral weather bill in this Congress.
U.S. Capitol Building
The bill includes funding for the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It will likely be considered by the full House of Representatives in June.

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