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April 5, 2022

Fiscal Year 2023 Presidents Budget Request Science Overview

Joe Biden’s second presidential budget request came out on Monday, 28 March 2022. The president’s budget request officially starts the appropriations process – the process by which Congress decides how to fund most of the federal government, including most federal science funding. The president’s budget request is truly a request because Congress under their power of the purse has the final say on federal spending.   $ in Millions FY21 …

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March 30, 2022

Track your engagement with AGU Science Policy

AGU Science Policy wants to know how you are engaging with Congress and our programs! Each month, when you self-report your engagement – including emailing your legislator, attending a webinar, participating in a Congressional Visit days and more – you will earn a raffle entry for a $50 gift card to the AGU store at our conferences. The more involved the action, the higher the raffle entry value. Email a …

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January 31, 2022

Science Policy Events at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022 is fast approaching! The meeting this year will be taking place entirely online, which means you can attend and meet members of the ocean science community from the comfort of your own home. AGU’s Science Policy & Government Relations team has been busy preparing a robust schedule of science policy events for you to attend – so look forward to bolstering your political savvy as you bask in the …

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December 10, 2021

AGU welcomes first cohort of Local Science Partners

Congratulations and welcome to the fifty-five AGU members who will be the inaugural cohort of Local Science Partners, a new program empowering scientists to build sustainable partnerships with their policymakers.   As ambassadors, the first class of member partners brings scientific expertise, passion, and a diverse range of interests to their work integrating the sciences with decision-making. The cohort ranges from early-career scientists to distinguished professors’ emeriti; from biologists to geologists to oceanographers; and from those working in academia to nonprofits to the private sector.   …

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November 9, 2021

Senate Appropriations Committee releases their FY22 appropriations bills: read the Earth and space science high points

In October 2021, the Senate Appropriations Committee released their 12 Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations bills. Currently, we are more than a month into the new fiscal year, and the government is being funded by a Continuing Resolution. The Senate still needs to vote on and pass these bills, send the bills to the House for a vote, and eventually make their way to the president’s desk. In this post, we’ll detail the House’s proposed spending and programmatic highlights for those science agencies.  Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS)  …

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October 13, 2021

AGU endorses the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act

On 13 October 2021, AGU sent a letter to Representatives Matt Cartwright, Bryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Mast, and Eleanor Holmes Norton endorsing the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act (H.R. 2761).  On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I am writing to thank you for reintroducing the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act (H.R.2761) and to offer AGU’s official endorsement for this important …

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September 29, 2021

Welcome our 2021-2022 Congressional Science Fellow Sarah Alexander

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is pleased to announce its newest Congressional Science Fellow, Dr. Sarah Alexander. Now in its 44th year, AGU’s Congressional Science Fellow program places highly qualified and accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals in the office of an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year assignment. Dr. Alexander, who started her fellowship in September, has been placed within the office of Sen. Tina Smith …

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July 21, 2021

Federal budget sees movement in Congress Part 3; see highlights for NIEHS and DOE

On 15 July, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill on a 33-25 vote. This bill includes FY22 spending levels for the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies bill was approved the following day (16 July) on a 33-24 vote. The bill in question includes FY22 spending levels for the Department of Energy (DOE). In this post, we’ll detail the House’s proposed …

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Federal budget sees movement in Congress Part 2; see highlights for NOAA, NASA, and NSF

On 15 July, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill on a 33-26 vote. This bill includes FY22 spending levels for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In this post, we’ll detail the House’s proposed spending and programmatic highlights for those science agencies.    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)   Budget (rounded to the nearest million)   FY21   FY22 President’s Budget Request (PBR)   FY22 House Appropriations   Percent …

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July 12, 2021

Federal budget sees movement in Congress Part 1; see highlights for USGS, EPA, and Forest Service

On 1 July 2021, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill on a 32-24 vote. This bill includes FY22 spending levels for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and part of the U.S. Forest Service. In this post, we’ll detail the House’s proposed spending and programmatic highlights for those science agencies.   United States Geological Survey (USGS) …

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