Policy News: October 26, 2020
Oct26

Policy News: October 26, 2020

In This Issue: Trump Administration Seeks to Restrict Student Visas Comments on this proposed rule close today. US Global Change Research Program Requests Nominations for Authors of the Fifth National Climate Assessment by Nov. 14 The request for author nominations is one of the first steps towards publishing a national climate assessment in 2022. Congress House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduces...

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Policy News: October 13, 2020
Oct13

Policy News: October 13, 2020

In This Issue: ESA Condemns the Recent White House Directives to End DEI Training Sessions Scientific societies urge the administration to rescind this order. New ESA DEIJ Survey Requests Member Input for Recommendations Task Force Requests Feedback from Members by Oct. 19. House and Congress Keeps Government Open, Fate of Coronavirus Relief Bill Uncertain The House of Representatives passes bill including $2.9 billion in research...

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Policy News: September 28, 2020
Sep28

Policy News: September 28, 2020

In This Issue: Connecting with Congressional Committees to Inform Hearings Webinar recording is available online. Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host a webinar with Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally Sept. 30. Congress House and Senate pass bill keeping the federal government through Dec. 11. Executive Branch Forest Service releases final environmental impact statement for exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless...

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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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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: 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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