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U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho: U.S. Needs Strong R&D Portfolio to Remain Globally Competitive

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-3rd-FL) writes in support of science in APS’ Capitol Hill Newsletter. Read the piece:    

Extending Nuclear Power Plant Licenses Would Help U.S. Reach Clean Energy Goals

University of Texas (Austin) Physics Professor Roy Schwitters and Chairman Emeritus John W. Rowe, of Exelon Corp., make the case for extending the licenses of nuclear power plants in today’s Hill newspaper. Read the op-ed.

More Scientists Needed in Congress

  Later this year, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, of New Jersey, will retire from Congress after nearly two decades as a champion of science. His retirement will leave a big void and leave only one scientist in Congress, Rep. Bill Foster, of Illinois. History has shown us that scientists bring their invaluable and much-needed technical […]

APS March Meeting Contact Congress

Q: What’s the best-spent minute at the March Meeting?   A: Stopping by the Contact Congress booth to sign your name to letters to your Congressional delegation on the importance of federal funding for basic research. It takes only a minute. By doing so, you are making your voice heard in Washington and helping to […]

Budget Deal Provides Stability

Let’s break out the inexpensive bottle of champagne and have a moderate celebration for the success of the “Ryan-Murray” budget agreement.  The deal undid much of the damage from the sequester, and there is a modest chance for stability with the return to “regular order.” The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Omnibus spending bill was recently […]

APS President Malcolm R. Beasley Commends President Obama’s Support of Science

APS President Malcolm R. Beasley recently sent a letter to President Obama applauding his support of long-term, scientific research as outlined in the recent State of the Union Address. Read the letter.

APS Supports Passage of FY 14 Appropriations Bill, Which Reverses Some Cuts Under Sequestration

APS is pleased the recently passed FY 14 omnibus appropriations bill reversed some cuts under sequestration and was passed in Congress by bipartisan majorities. Read statement by Task Force on American Innovation.

Washington Post op-ed cites APS report, Renewing Licenses for the Nation’s Nuclear Power Plants

Four nuclear power plants, sources of low-emissions electricity, announced closings last year. If plants continue to shut down instead of extending operations, the nation risks losing 60 percent of its clean electricity starting in 2030, according to a new APS report, “Renewing Licenses for the Nation’s Nuclear Power Plants.” “Nuclear power plants provide the nation […]

New Budget Deal Reverses a Portion of Sequester Cuts

The budget deal struck by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) passed the House and the Senate by votes of 332-94 and 64-36, respectively.  In the Senate, nine Republican senators voted with 55 Democrats and two Independents in support of the joint resolution.  In the House, […]

PISA Test Results Continue to Show No Change

Every three years since 2000, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has conducted a survey aimed at evaluating education systems. And every three years, education leaders from the United States bemoan the low ranking scored by U.S. students.  This year is no different. The PISA survey is a paper-based test taken by 15-year-old students.  […]

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