Week 8 in Science & Technology: Trump Administration Proposes Severe Cuts to Scientific Programs
Mar 20, 2017 6:14 PM EDT
President's Budget ProposalOn Thursday, March 16th, the Trump Administration introduced its initial budget proposal for FY2018, proposing a $54-billion hike in defense spending, while gutting domestic discretionary spending, including scientific programs. The budget landed with a thud on Capitol Hill, and elicited deep concerns from the scientific community. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) warned that "The Trump Administration's proposed budget would cripple the science and technology enterprise through short-sighted cuts to discovery science programs and critical mission agencies alike." Although ultimately Congress sets the federal budget, and much of this proposal stands little chance of being enacted as is, this ...
Week 8 in Energy & Environment: Trump Proposes Cutting EPA Budget by One Third
Mar 20, 2017 12:46 PM EDT
Budgets. To much attention, this week the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its proposed budget for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year, which is none too friendly to environmental programs. The White House recommends a 31 percent cut to the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Some of these cuts include slashing all funding for "the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and related efforts" and "regional efforts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay, and other geographic programs," as well as "Energy Star; Targeted Airshed Grants; the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; and infrastructure assistance to Alaska Native Villages and...
Demand Full and Thorough Investigation by House Intelligence Committee
Mar 19, 2017 10:51 PM EDT
Rise Stronger calls upon the House Intelligence Committee to carry out a full and thorough investigation of: Russian interference in the election, and All ties between the Trump campaign and administration officials and the Russian government, security apparatus, and associated Russian organizations. House Intelligence Committee members must not accept anything less than complete and honest answers from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers about what they know about Russia's influence. The American people deserve the truth about the election and the true loyalties of the President and his staff members. Too many questions remain unanswered, and too many concerns have gone unaddressed. To the American people, let your representati...