NASA leasing bill morphs into ‘freedom to vote’ legislation

A recent bill meant to facilitate NASA raising money by leasing out underused facilities went in a most unexpected direction: expanding the right to vote. The NASA property bill was transformed into the “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act” under the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, seeking to undercut Republican opposition to … Read more

Carbon Capture Provisions in Reconciliation Bill Divide Environmentalists

Carbon capture has long divided environmentalists. Now, that fissure is spilling into the debate over the $1.7 trillion reconciliation bill before Congress. It concerns a provision governing 45Q, the tax incentive available to carbon capture and storage projects. In the House version of the bill, also known as the “Build Back Better Act,” a power … Read more

Congress drops U.S. ban on foreign talents programs from defense bill, but it’s not dead | Science

Congress has dropped language from a must-pass bill governing U.S. defense policy that would have effectively prevented U.S. scientists from participating in Chinese programs aimed at attracting foreign scientific talent. But a similar provision applying to such programs may be tucked into a second bill aimed at outcompeting China that is now being hammered out … Read more