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July 20, 2016

Federal auto-safety regulators are weighing requiring approval of automated-driving technologies before they reach the road, potentially expanding government oversight of auto makers after the first fatal crash involving a vehicle driving itself. Existing motor-vehicle safety rules don’t address autonomous vehicles, meaning regulators have no authority to block automated-car technologies before they are introduced.

July 11, 2016

The Department of Education is continuing to press states and school districts to rethink their testing regimens, unveiling Wednesday (7/6) a set of proposed assessment regulations under the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. "Our proposed regulations build on President Obama's plan to strike a balance around testing, providing additional support for states and districts to develop and use better, less burdensome assessments that give a more well-rounded picture of how students and schools are doing...

June 17, 2016

An industry coalition on Thursday proposed what it calls an alternative to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to open up the market for television set-top boxes. Under Wheeler’s proposal, the television providers like Comcast or Dish would have to open up their video feeds for use by anyone who wanted to build their own box or application to access the content.

June 06, 2016

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, met with community leaders, education advocates, and students at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle on the importance of expanding access to Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) education. In remarks delivered at the center, Murray discussed the need to invest in and support various programs both inside and outside of the classroom, and how to increase opportunities for women and minorities in STEM fields.

June 05, 2016

The event, hosted by Congressional Robotics Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Rob Woodall and Congressman Mike Doyle, will feature the latest in robotic technologies, as well as a discussion among leading scientists, educators and thought-leaders, and will promote improved public understanding of development of co-robots in the modern world.

June 02, 2016

As a conservative Republican from the West and a liberal Democrat from the Midwest, senators Cory Gardner (R–CO) and Gary Peters (D–MI) are separated by geography and ideology. But they see eye-to-eye on the need for the federal government to strengthen its support of basic research. In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate is expected to begin rewriting a bill governing federal policies toward research, innovation, and science education.

May 24, 2016

The full House Appropriations Committee will take up a spending bill May 24 that would provide a windfall for NASA’s planetary science program but prevent the agency from spending any funds on its proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).Besides increases for NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion specifically included in the bill, planetary science emerges as a big winner. The report allocates $1.846 billion to planetary science, $327 million above the agency’s request and $490 million above the level in a companion bill approved by Senate appropriators last month.

April 25, 2016

Sponsored by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX) in the House and Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) in the Senate, the bill would make changes to the U.S. Code to institutionalize open data best practices, such as publishing government data, by default, using open and machine readable formats and with an open license that imposes no restrictions on reuse.

March 14, 2016

Today, as lead Democrat on the Senate’s Small Business Committee, I hope to carry forward Senator Rudman’s legacy by authoring legislation to make these successful programs permanent before they expire next year. To inform this legislation, I’m reaching out to high-tech small businesses in New Hampshire to get feedback on these important programs.

March 02, 2016

Now in its third year, the Making Our CASE: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering program, organized by the Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and held each year at a Washington hotel, offers graduate students in the sciences a chance to learn how to make Washington work for them.