H.R.3828 : To amend the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to provide for an equitable distribution of formula funds between land-grant colleges and universities, and for other purposes.
H.J.RES.70 : Disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone”.
–Recently, the EPA instituted new standards for ozone (from 65 to 70 ppb), primarily affected industry and power plants. Many are not happy with this and this resolution puts it on the record.
H.J.RES.72 : Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”.
–Similar to above except with carbon dioxide.
S.2206 : A bill to reduce the incidence of sexual harassment and assault at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, and to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, and for other purposes.
–The text of the bill is not yet available; however, I have to say that I’m surprised. Sexual harassment is everywhere, but considering the number of peers I have at NOAA, I’m surprised I never heard anything about this…
S.RES.290 :` A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, negotiated at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris will be considered a treaty requiring the advice and consent of the Senate.
–Introduced by Rand Paul, who should be concerned with his failing presidential campaign* and potential jeopardized Senate seat**, this is a way to ensure that any international agreements on climate change are considered treaties, thereby requiring approval of the Senate.
This one actually has nothing to do with science or the environment, just pertains to the cluster that is DC Metrorail:
H.R.3773 : Protect Riders of Metrorail Public Transportation Act of 2015