Keeping an Eye on Washington

Keeping an Eye on Washington

Keep up with developments in Washington on GSA's website, Speaking of Geoscience blog and twitter feed, participate in congressional visits days, read about life on Capitol Hill from the perspective of the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow, engage with GSA's Geology and Society Division, use GSA's position statements and critical issues in communications with elected officials, meet with elected officials in your district, and more!

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Critical Minerals
The legislative and executive branches are taking steps to decrease what President Trump calls a “strategic vulnerability” brought about by U.S. dependence on imports for certain non-fuel mineral commodities.

Posted 1/5/2018

Geosciences Action on the Hill
The geosciences have been getting attention on the Hill amidst a busy legislative calendar. Legislation regarding landslides, geologic mapping, geothermal energy development, and volcanoes move through a House Committee and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S. 1768), cleared the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on 13 December.

Posted 1/5/2018

Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal
GSA affirms its position. 

Science Agencies Fare Well in 2017
More than halfway through Fiscal Year 2017, federal agencies finally have their appropriations. Signed into law on 5 May, the omnibus spending package slightly boosts spending at most science agencies.

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Testimony / Letters

Raise the Caps
GSA joined 2,000 organizations in a letter to Congress to “ensure adequate funding for programs funded through annual appropriations, by continuing the bipartisan practice of providing relief from sequestration budget cuts and opposing any new efforts to cut these programs more deeply.”

GSA also signed a 6 Feb. letter urging Congress to raise the caps and “make investments in science and engineering research a top priority when allocating additional funding.”

Posted 2/6/2018

Statement Supporting the Completion of Appropriations for the Department of Energy Office of Science
GSA and other member organizations of the Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) sent a letter that “encourages Congress to continue to make robust and sustained funding for the DOE Office of Science a priority.”

Posted 1/5/2018

Concerns on Immigration Proclamation
GSA signed a letter that that the "White House proclamation on visas and immigration has serious implications for diplomatic, humanitarian, and national security interests, in part because it weakens our U.S. science and engineering capacity."

Support for NSF Funding
As part of the Coalition for National Science Funding, GSA signed a letter to Congress stating that "a balanced bipartisan budget agreement that raises the 2018 spending caps and makes prudent, adequate investments in scientific research and innovation would prevent budget gridlock and help grow the economy."