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UCAR Washington Update

Archway over Appropriations Committee doorway, Senate wing, U.S. Capitol building
While the House CJS Appropriations Bill passed the House of Representatives on June 4, the Senate Appropriations Committee version is unlikely to be considered by the full Senate.
Tornado damage, Moore, Oklahoma, 2003
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will meet soon to negotiate and resolve differences within their two weather bills.
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.


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