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114th Congress Begins This Week

The first session of the new 114th Congress starts this week and the first order of business will be to vote in the new leadership positions, as well as to pass policies for floor procedures and rules for legislation. While the details of who will serve on which committees have yet to be finalized, two key science committees revealed their memberships before leaving Washington, DC at the end of 2014.   

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which is expected to be chaired by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) as ranking member, released the full list of its members. 

On December 17, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) announced the Republican members who will serve on his committee.  In his press release, Chairman Smith announced that the “committee will also continue to seek bipartisan policy solutions that support our nation’s space program, encourage energy independence, expand scientific education, fund basic research, and advance the development of new technologies.”