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March 15, 2011

Today's Eventstodaysevents 

 

The Senate will consider small business research legislation.The House is expected to consider a continuing resolution that would fund the government through April 8, 2011.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Interior and Environment, March 15, 16, 17, 30, 31; April 6, 7, 12. The Interior and Environment and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee will hold hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Homeland Security, March 15, 16, 30, 31; April 6, 7. The Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will hold hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, March 15, 16; April 5, 7, 14, 15. The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee will hold hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

SENATE: Fiscal 2012 Budget: Tribal Programs, March 15.The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal 2012 budget for American Indian tribal programs.

 

 Media Reviewtodaysevents  

 

GOP Leaders Face Revolt Within Ranks on CR. Republican Party leaders in both chambers are facing a mini-revolt among freshmen and conservatives over the three-week spending bill that they negotiated with Senate Democrats. The fight over funding the budget for the rest of the year has dragged on so long without a deal that conservatives in both chambers appear to have had just about enough, with a growing trickle of lawmakers willing to risk a government shutdown instead of voting for another short-term measure. Roll Call

 

ozone layerArctic on the Verge of Record Ozone Loss. Unusually low temperatures in the Arctic ozone layer have recently initiated massive ozone depletion. The Arctic appears to be heading for a record loss of this trace gas that protects Earth's surface against ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This result has been found by measurements carried out by an international network of over 30 ozone sounding stations spread all over the Arctic and Subarctic and coordinated by the Potsdam Research Unit of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association (AWI) in Germany. Science Daily 

 

U.S. Navy Warned to Prepare for Arctic Struggle as Climate Changes. The National Academy of Sciences warned the U.S. Navy that America urgently needs to build up its military readiness in the Arctic where melting summer sea ice is setting up a global struggle for resources. Barents Observer

 

Halibut Stock Decline Forces Increased Management Measures for Southeast Alaska Charter Fleet. NOAA's Fisheries Service today announced it is implementing the regulatory recommendations of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) due to concerns over declining halibut stocks. These regulations include limiting the maximum size of a halibut caught by charter anglers in southeastern Alaska to 37 inches, and retaining the one-fish-per-person-per-day rule that began in 2009. The halibut stock is declining due to reduced numbers of fish reaching a catchable size range, lower growth rates, and higher than target harvest rates. The stock remains at risk of further declines. Conservation of the halibut resource is the primary concern and management objective of the measures. NOAA  

 

Begich Praises Appointment of Ulmer to Chair Arctic Research Commission. America would be hard-pressed to find anyone as thoroughly qualified and ready to serve as Chair of the Arctic Research Commission as Alaska's own Fran Ulmer. I was proud to recommend Fran to serve in this important position. Over the years, Alaskans, Alaska's elected officials and the President have called on Fran to serve at almost every level of public service where she has safeguarded our interests and proven to be the smart choice every time. Senator Mark Begich

 

Murkowski Reintroduces Volcano Monitoring Bill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska,redoubt volcano today reintroduced the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring Program Act, S. 566. The bill establishes a national volcano monitoring system that includes the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Senator Lisa Murkowski 

 

Nominations Sent to the Senate. President Obama sent the following nominations to the Senate for confirmation: Dan Arvizu and Alan Leshner to be a members of the National Science Board. The White House  

Legislative Actionfutureevents  

 

H.J.RES.48: Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011

(Rep Rogers - rule for consideration reported)

 

S.566: A bill to provide for the establishment of the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System.

(Murkowski- introduced and referred to committee)

 

S.573: A bill to establish a harbor maintenance block grant program to provide maximum flexibility to each State to carry out harbor maintenance and deepening projects in the State, to require transparency for water resources development projects carried out by the Corps of Engineers, and for other purposes.

(Sen DeMint - introduced, referred to committee) 

 

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International Conference on Arctic Marine Science, International Law and Climate Protection, March 17-18. The German Federal Foreign Office is hosting an event that will take place on the Berlin premises of the Federal Office. The event is co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, with additional support from prominent research institutes. The Conference will discuss the legal framework for marine scientific research in the Arctic Ocean at present and in the future. Scholars, scientists and diplomats with an interest in the Arctic Ocean are invited to attend. For more information, please contact 504-s@diplo.de.

 

Arctic Dialogue & Study Tour, March 22-24, 2011. For the past four years Norway's Bod