Policy News: September 14, 2020
Sep14

Policy News: September 14, 2020

In This Issue: Action Alert: Scientific Societies, House Science Committee Push for Research Relief The RISE Act would authorize $26 billion in emergency relief for federal science agencies. Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host a webinar with Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally Sept. 30. Congress Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) calls for $55 billion for a new Civilian Conservation Corps. Executive Branch The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Research Relief
Sep11

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Research Relief

Join ESA and 22 other professional societies representing hundreds of thousands of scientists, mathematicians and engineers as part of a collaborative effort to raise awareness of the importance of restoring our academic research enterprise impacted by COVID-19. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), the impacts on the federal enterprise are far-reaching, resulting in lab and user facility closures,...

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Policy News: August 31, 2020
Aug31

Policy News: August 31, 2020

In This Issue: Register to Vote & Request an Absentee Ballot The general election is less than 70 days away. Visit Vote.org for information about requesting an absentee ballot. Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host two webinars with the Federation of American Scientists and Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally. Congress House Science Committee proposes a new postdoctoral fellowship program for early-career scientists impacted by...

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Policy News: August 17, 2020
Aug14

Policy News: August 17, 2020

In This Issue: Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host two webinars with the Federation of American Scientists and Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally. Congress House passes most spending bills. Executive Branch President Trump signs the Great American Outdoors Act. Courts State attorneys general challenge new Clean Water Act regulations in court. States North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality denies permit for Mountain...

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Policy News: July 29, 2020
Jul29

Policy News: July 29, 2020

In This Issue: White House Finalizes Revisions to NEPA Regulations New rules direct agencies to focus on “reasonably foreseeable” effects and set pages limits for environmental impact statements. Federal Government Begins Work on Fifth National Climate Assessment A notice identifies the proposed overarching themes and framework of the next assessment. Congress Full House passes spending bills funding the Departments of...

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Policy News: July 13, 2020
Jul13

Policy News: July 13, 2020

In This Issue: Congress – House Appropriators Release Fiscal Year 2021 Spending Bills for Science Agencies – House Democrats Outline Climate Action Plan – Full House Passes Infrastructure Bill Executive Branch ICE regulations suspend visas for international students attending universities that become online-only amid the coronavirus pandemic. Courts Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline....

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Policy News: June 29, 2020
Jun29

Policy News: June 29, 2020

In This Issue: President Trump Suspends Entry Under H1-B Visas Through the End of 2020 Senators Introduce Bill Restricting Visas to Researchers with Ties to “Hostile Foreign Actors.” House Democrats Infrastructure Bill Reauthorizes Watershed Restoration Programs, Creates Wildlife Corridor System Full House will vote on bill this week. Congress Senate confirms Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan to lead NSF, House...

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Policy News: June 15, 2020
Jun15

Policy News: June 15, 2020

In This Issue: President Trump Signs Executive Order Directing Agencies to Use Emergency Provisions of Environmental Laws to Speed COVID-19 Economic Recovery Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduce bills to reform NEPA permitting. COVID-19 Delays Competition for NEON Management Battelle Memorial Institute will continue to manage NEON in the interim. Congress Bipartisan Senate Committee advances the...

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Policy News: June 2, 2020
Jun02

Policy News: June 2, 2020

In This Issue: Letter to the community Racism and prejudice continue to harm scientists, future scientists, and the communities we serve. ESA leaders echo the message of these protests: Black lives matter. Webinar: Invasive Species Policy and COVID-19 Webinar recording and related resources posted online. Ecology of COVID-19 blog series ESA guest blogs explore the evolutionary biology of the coronavirus, the use of technology to fill...

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Policy News: May 18, 2020
May18

Policy News: May 18, 2020

In This Issue: Pandemic Response House Legislation Includes Funding for Science, Wildlife Disease The latest coronavirus bill includes $125 million for NSF. Webinar: Invasive Species Policy and COVID-19 Speakers will explore how ecological research can inform policy and contribute knowledge to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. National Science Board Unveils Visions 2030 Report, Charts Impacts of COVID-19 on the...

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