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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.
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.
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.
America COMPETES mark up: Photo of scientist adjusting sensing instrument
The legislation provides an authorization of appropriations for FY16 and FY17 for NSF, OSTP, NIST, and the DOE Office of Science, DOE ARPA-E, and other research-related offices.
Weather bill: photo of U.S. capitol at night
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.

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