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Full Committee Markup of Committee Print to Comply with the Reconciliation Directive Included in Section 2002 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022, S. Con. Res. 14.

Date: 
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 10:00am
Location: 
Online via Zoom

Full Committee Markup Of: 

Committee Print to Comply with the Reconciliation Directive Included in Section 2002 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022, S. Con. Res. 14. - Favorably reported by a vote of 21-17.

  • Amendment #R5 offered by Rep. LaTurner (R-KS) - passed by voice vote
    • Supports R&D across the country and in diverse communities by requiring 30% of funding for regional innovation to primarily serve small, underserved, rural communities or EPSCoR-eligible states. EPSCoR is intended to address regional disparities in federal research funding by enhancing the research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions by strengthening STEM capacity and capability.
  • Amendment #R7 offered by Rep. Weber (R-TX) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-20
    • Promotes clean energy by reallocating $1.166 billion of climate spending in the bill to the Versatile Test Reactor to provide a total of $1.261 in funding for the VTR, which is critical for advanced nuclear energy research.
  • Amendment #009 offered by Ranking Member Lucas (R-OK)  - failed by a recorded vote of 17-20
    • We’ve relied on American scientists to combat COVID, but we’re not giving them the funding they need to resume the work that’s been stopped by the pandemic. Restarting our research work requires investment, and it’s long overdue. This amendment is based on the bipartisan RISE Act, and would reallocate almost $3 billion of the $45.5 billion this bill provides to support research recovery. 
  • Amendment #R10 offered by Ranking Member Lucas (R-OK) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-20
    • Promotes an all-of-the-above approach to clean energy by adding nuclear, hydrogen, and fossil demonstration projects to the list of renewable technologies eligible for energy demonstration funding.
  • Amendment #085 offered by Rep. Posey (R-FL) - passed by voice vote
    • Supports the development of domestic supplies of materials and equipment needed for solar energy production.
  • Amendment #022 offered by Rep. Feenstra (R-IA) - passed by voice vote
    • Allows funding from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science to go towards carrying out demonstrations of advanced biofuels projects.
  • Amendment #R13 offered by Rep. Bice (R-OK) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-19
    • Directs NASA's climate R&D to include agriculture, forestry, and land use.
  • Amendment #029 offered by Rep. Babin (R-TX) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-19
    • Supports human exploration in space, which was not addressed in this bill, as well as NASA infrastructure improvements. Redirects all $4.388 billion for NASA funding to be used for human exploration and the infrastructure that supports that mission.
  • Amendment #030 offered by Rep. Babin (R-TX) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-20
    • Requires that 20% of the NASA climate science funding in this bill must go to commercial data buys through the Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program.  
  • Amendment #024 offered by Rep. Feenstra (R-IA) - passed by voice vote
    • Ensures that funding going to NASA for the purpose of sustainable aviation research and development will include research into biofuels.  
  • Amendment #001 offered by Rep Ellzey (R-TX) -  failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Prioritizes safety research for sustainable aviation activities
  • Amendment #084 offered by Rep. Posey (R-FL) failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Addresses the threat from Communist leadership in China by requiring NASA’s inspector general to establish a taskforce to identify and prevent research theft and compromise by the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Amendment #054 offered by Rep. Sherman (D-CA) - passed by voice vote
    • Clarifies that scientific and technical research for Artificial Intelligence includes AI safety and control.
  • Amendment #R6 offered by Rep. Ellzey (R-TX) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Allocates $600m of NIST R&D funding for activities authorized in the CHIPS Act for microelectronics and packaging.
  • Amendment #R11 offered by Rep. Meijer (R-MI) - passed by voice vote
    • Reallocates $150 million set aside for advanced manufacturing R&D and testbeds to fund a Manufacturing USA institute that is focused on semiconductor manufacturing
  • Amendment #010 offered by Rep. Baird (R-IN) - passed by voice vote
    • Improves our ability to address cyber threats by allocating $150m of NIST R&D for cybersecurity research and activities.
  • Amendment #031 offered by Rep. Babin (R-TX) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Improves our space situational awareness by helping to facilitate the transfer of the Office of Space Commerce from NOAA to the Department of Commerce, and allocating $20 million towards commercial space situational awareness data buys.
  • Amendment #018 offered by Rep. Bice (R-OK) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-20
    • Improves forecasting by designating $50 million of the NOAA R&D and forecasting funding in this bill for the expansion of the National Mesonet Program.
  • Amendment #019 offered by Rep. Bice (R-OK) failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Improves forecasting by ensuring $50 million of NOAA infrastructure funding in this bill for the National Weather Center facility expansion.
  • Amendment #010 offered by Ranking Member Lucas (R-OK) - failed by voice vote
    • Improves space weather forecasting by allocating $25 million for the commercial data buy program under the PROSWIFT Act.
  • Amendment #R8 offered by Rep. Bice (R-OK) - passed by voice vote
    • Sets aside 20% of the $3.43 billion that the package provides for research infrastructure at NSF to be used for projects in states that are eligible for EPSCoR. EPSCoR is intended to address regional disparities in federal research funding by enhancing the research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions by strengthening STEM capacity and capability.
  • Amendment #010 offered by Rep. Kim (R-CA) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-20
    • Addresses the growing problem of inflation by directing the NSF to fund a $1 million study on the impact of inflation on Americans and the U.S. economy.
  • Amendment #063 offered by Rep. Waltz (R-FL) - passed by voice vote
    • Sets aside $25 million for NSF's Office of Research Security Strategy and Policy
  • Amendment #064 offered by Rep. Waltz (R-FL) - withdrawn
    • Sets aside $15 million for environmental cleanup at Arecibo Observatory and $454 million for the construction of the Next Generation Arecibo Telescope and other repairs at the facility
  • Amendment #R4 offered by Rep. Baird (R-IN) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Allocates $600m for NSF semiconductor basic research, as proposed in the CHIPS Act
  • Amendment #R9 offered by Rep. Feenstra (R-IA) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Ensures at least 20% of the research and education funding allocated in this bill would go towards states eligible for EPSCoR.  EPSCoR is intended to address regional disparities in federal research funding by enhancing the research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions by strengthening STEM capacity and capability.
  • Amendment #008 offered by Ranking Member Lucas (R-OK) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Prohibits any NSF funding for being used to establish a new Directorate for Technology and Innovation. The bipartisan NSF for the Future Act would create a new directorate, fund it, and provide critical policy direction. Funding it prematurely, before structural and policy disagreements can be negotiated with the Senate, would undercut this critical Science Committee legislation.  
  • Amendment #xx offered by Rep. Babin (R-TX) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-20
    • Protects American research security by prohibiting any funding in this legislation from going to a university with a Confucius Institute currently funded by China.
  • Amendment #020 offered by Rep. Bice (R-OK) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Protects Americans from rising energy costs by requiring recipients of DOE funding for commercial-scale projects to report on the impact on consumer energy prices.
  • Amendment #023 offered by Rep. Feenstra (R-IA) - failed by voice vote
    • Adds a requirement for all federal agencies that receive funding in this package to report to Congress on its plans to sustain any new programs or infrastructure after this bill expires and funding dries up. 
  • Amendment #021 offered by Rep. Garcia (R-CA) failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Protects American research and competitiveness by prohibiting funding to entities controlled by the People's Republic of China and to research occurring in the People's Republic of China.
  • Amendment #033 offered by Rep. Gonzalez (R-OH) - passed by a recorded vote by 19-18
    • Supports human rights and opposes abuses by the Chinese Communist Party by ensuring that no funds in the bill may be used to support forced labor under the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act.
  • Amendment #R2 offered by Rep. Obernolte (R-CA) - failed by a recorded vote of 17-21
    • Prevents boondoggles like the Solyndra scandal by requiring the DOE Secretary to certify that political influence did not impact the selection of any awardees.
  • Amendment #R1 offered by Rep. Waltz (R-FL) failed by a recorded vote of 17-20
    • Supports human rights and opposes abuses by the Chinese Communist Party by prohibiting funds from being used to construct, finance, support, or maintain energy projects with materials or labor sourced from or manufactured in the People’s Republic of China or Afghanistan.
  • Amendment #R3 offered by Rep. Weber (R-TX) - failed by a recorded vote of 18-20
    • Protects American energy security by limiting DOE funds from supporting activities that preclude the use of fossil fuels for power or that limit the economic competitiveness of the U.S.

 

 

Opening Statement: 

Ranking Member Frank Lucas

 

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