Legislative Tracker for the 113th Congress

As a service to its members and the public, the AAAS Office of Government Relations is tracking a range of legislation in both chambers of Congress that are of critical importance to the research community. The OGR staff will update the chart accordingly as measures progress through the legislative process. If you have any questions regarding specific bills or would like to submit a recommendation for an issue to track, please contact the Office staff at congress_center@aaas.org.

  • Climate Change
  • Cybersecurity
  • Defense/Homeland Security
  • Energy
  • Environment/Oceans
  • Health/Pharmaceuticals
  • Innovation
  • Intellectual Property/Patent Reform
  • Space and Aeronautics
  • Other Science Policy

Climate Change

STRONG Act
Reps. Scott Peters (D-CA), Peter King (R-NY), Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

  • House H.R. 2322 (Referred to Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee)
  • Senate S. 904 (Referred to Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee)

Arctic Research, Monitoring, and Observing Act
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)

  •  Senate S. 272 (Referred to Commerce, Science and Transportation)

A bill to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for congressional review of agency guidance documents
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)

  • Senate S. 320 (Referred to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee)

A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to provide adequate data, modeling, and support in the development of a State implementation plan under the Clean Air Act 
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)

  • Senate S. 319 (Referred to Environment and Public Works Committee)

A bill to rescind funds made available to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency if the Administrator fails to meet certain deadlines
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)

  • Senate S. 318 (Referred to Environment and Public Works Committee)

A bill to require the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency to include certain assessments in reports 
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)

  • Senate S. 317 (Referred to Environment and Public Works Committee)

Sustainable Energy Act
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

  • Senate S.329 (Referred to Finance Committee)

Climate Protection Act
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

  • Senate S.332 (Referred to Environment and Public Works Committee)

Expressing opposition to carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation
Rep. David McKinley (R-WV)

A bill to prohibit regulation of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States until China, India, and Russia implement similar reductions
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

  • Senate S. 107 (Referred to Environmental and Public Works Committee)

Extreme Weather Prevention and Resilience Act
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)

  • Senate S. 7 (Referred to Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee)

 

Cybersecurity/Cybertechnology

Cyber Warrior Act of 2013
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

  • House H.R. 1640 (Referred to Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities Subcommittee)
  • Senate S. 658 (Referred to Armed Services Committee)

SECURE IT
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

  • House H.R. 1468 (Referred to Armed Services, Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform, Science, Space, and Technology, Judiciary, and Permanent Select Intelligence Committees)

Cyber Economic Espionage Accountability Act
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)

  • House H.R. 2281 (Referred to Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, and Judiciary Committees)

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act 
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)

  • House H.R. 624 (Referred to Senate Select Intelligence Committee)
  • Senate ( House Bill referred to Senate Committee)

Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2013
Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller (D-WV)

  • Senate S.21 (Referred to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee)

Cybersecurity Education Enhancement Act of 2013 
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

  • House H.R. 86 (Referred to Education and the Workforce; Homeland Security; and Science, Space, and Technology Committees)

Secure Chemical Facilities Act
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

  • Senate S. 68 (Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee)

Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013 
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)

  • House H.R. 756 (Passed House, referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation)

Advancing America’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

  • House H.R. 967 (Passed House)
  • Senate H.R. 967 (Referred to Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee)

 

Defense/Homeland Security

Defense R&D Bills TBA (see Appropriations section)

 

Energy & Natural Resources

Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act
Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)

  • House H.R. 527 (Became Public Law 113-40)

 

Environment

Secret Science Reform Act
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ)

  • House H.R.4012 (Referred to Environment Subcommittee)

The National Integrated Drought Information Systems Reauthorization Act
Ralph Hall (R-TX)

Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2013
Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)

  • House H.R. 71 (Referred to Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs Subcommittee)

West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2013
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

  • Senate S. 45 (Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee)

 

Health/Pharmaceuticals

Justina's Law

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

  • H.R. 4989 (Referred to Committee on Energy and Commerce)

A bill to require the FDA to expedite review of pharmaceuticals that are approved for marketing in the EU

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)

  • H.R. 4918 (Referred to Committee on Energy and Commerce)

US-Israel Neuroscience Partnership Act of 2014
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

  • House 4472 (Referred to House Subcommittee on Health)

Mental Health First Act of 2013
Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ)

  • House H.R. 274 (Referred to Health Subcommittee)

Working Families’ Access to Health Innovations Act of 2013
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

  • House H.R. 28 (Referred to Small Business Committee)

 

Innovation

TRANSFER Act
Sens. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY_ and Daniel Coats (R-IN)

  • S. 2551 (Introduced)

Innovation Act
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

  • House 3309 (Passed House, referred to Senate Judiciary Committee)

Patent Transparency and Improvement Act of 2013
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

  • Senate 1720 (Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee)

FIRST Act

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)

  • House 4186 (Reported by Committee)

America INNOVATES Act
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

  • Senate S.1973 (Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee)

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote innovation, investment, and research in the United States, to eliminate the diversity immigrant program, and for other purposes
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

  • House H.R. 459 (Referred to Judiciary Committee)

21st Century Readiness Act
Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI)

  • House H.R. 347 (Referred to Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee)

Rebuild America Act 
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)

  • Senate S. 4 (Referred to Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee)

 

Intellectual Property/ Patent Reform

SHIELD Act
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

  • House H.R. 845 (Referred to Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee)

 

Space and Aeronautics/ Patent Reform

Space Leadership Preservation Act
Reps. John Culberson (R-TX)

  • House H.R. 823 (Referred to Science, Space, and Technology, and Budget Committees)

 

STEM EDUCATION

STEM Gateways Act
Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA)

  • House H.R.3690 (Referred to Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee)

 

Other Science Policy

Nanotechnology Advancement and New Opportunities Act
Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA)

  • House H.R. 394 (Referred to Energy and Commerce, Homeland Security, Science, Space, and Technology, and Ways and Means Committees)

DATA Act
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

  • House H.R. 2061 (Passed House, referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee)
  • Senate S.994 (Became Public Law 113-101)

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