Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 3293 - Scientific Research in the National Interest Act

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Feb 8, 2016 5:11 PM

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Adams (NC)

#19

Identifies child hunger as an area of national interest for NSF.

Beyer (VA), Van Hollen (MD)

#10

Affirms that increased understanding of climate change, including its casual forces, impacts, mitigation, adaptation, and prevention, is in the national interest of the United States.

Beyer (VA), Van Hollen (MD)

#11

Affirms that increased understanding of the manners in which human activity may generate environmental impacts is in the national interest of the United States.

Beyer (VA), Connolly (VA), Tonko (NY), Cartwright (PA), Lowenthal (CA), Polis (CO), Peters, Scott (CA), Van Hollen (MD), Israel (NY)

#12

Affirms that increased understanding of the complex scientific and technical issues of the Anthropocene era is in the national interest of the United States.

Beyer (VA), Kildee (MI)

#13

Affirms that increased understanding of the role of drinking water management practices in reducing lead levels in the Nation's drinking water supplies is in the national interest of the United States.

DelBene (WA)

#1

Stipulates that research is in the national interest if it has the potential to achieve increased understanding of climate change and development of solutions to address its adverse effects in the U.S.

DelBene (WA)

#2

Clarifies that language in the bill allowing research to be funded for the development of an American STEM workforce also includes computer science and information technology sectors.

DelBene (WA)

#3

Clarifies that the bill does not impact grant funding that has already been awarded by the National Science Foundation.

DeSaulnier (CA)

#18

Includes "income inequality and wage discrimination" as in the national interest for purposes of justifying standards for awarding grants.

Edwards (MD), Swalwell (CA)

#20

LATE Includes increasing the understanding of the causes and prevention of gun violence in the list of topics considered to be in the national interest.

Edwards (MD)

#23

LATE Includes the increase of participation by underrepresented groups, such as young women and minorities, in studying the STEM fields in the list of topics considered to be in the national interest.

Esty (CT)

#24

LATE Includes “increased understanding of the causes and prevention of opioid and heroin addiction” to the list demonstrating national interest.

Esty (CT)

#25

LATE Includes “increased diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, concentrating on women and minorities in STEM” to the list demonstrating national interest.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#5

Replaces the phrase "basic research" with "applied research."

Jackson Lee (TX)

#6

Establishes a new objective of the research which would ensure that the research conducted is consistent with established and widely accepted scientific methods applicable to the field of study of exploration.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#7

Establishes a new objective of the research that would ensure that the research conducted is consistent with the definition of basic research as it applies to the purpose and field of study.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#8

Directs the NSF in public announcements that would include information on grant awards made to or includes a partnership with under-served institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Native American Colleges, Rural Colleges, or post-secondary schools where 40% or more of the enrollment are students who are from the groups identified in the amendment.

Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)

#4

Replaces subsection 2(b), “Determination”, to ensure that such determination is consistent with the mission of the agency and with the existing merit-review criteria.

Kilmer (WA)

#9

Exempts any grants or cooperative agreements for basic research and science education that could affect veterans and their caregivers.

Kirkpatrick (AZ)

#27

LATE Increased understanding of the role of immigrants in promoting economic growth.

Lieu (CA)

#26

LATE Increased understanding of causes and prevention of discrimination against minorities on the basis of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

Sewell (AL)

#28

LATE Adds to the determination criteria an increased understanding of the role of telehealth in promoting increased access to health care in rural communities.

Sewell (AL)

#29

LATE Adds to the determination criteria an increased understanding of the causes, prevention, and mitigation of health disparities among minority communities.

Slaughter (NY)

#15

Clarifies that providing a safe environment for female, minority, and LGBT students to practice science free of the threat of harassment or assault is in the national interest.

Tonko (NY), Kildee (MI)

#14

Adds clean drinking water as being in the national interest.

Torres (CA)

#21

LATE Qualifies grants or agreements as worthy of federal funding and in the national interest if it provides an increased understanding of causes of efforts to suppress the voting rights of minorities

Torres (CA)

#22

LATE Qualifies grants or agreements as worthy of federal funding and in the national interest if it provides an increased understanding of access to reproductive health services on the risk of contracting the Zika virus during pregnancy.

Watson Coleman (NJ)

#16

Establishes research on the role of labor unions in improving wages and benefits of union and non-union workers as category of national interest.

Watson Coleman (NJ)

#17

Establishes research on the effects of high quality child care on future economic growth as category of national interest.