Today on the Hill: House Tees Up Suspensions Aimed At Addressing Ocean Acidification

House lawmakers will wrap up their legislative work week today and embark on a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On the floor, the lower chamber is considering four suspension bills out of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Three of the measures are aimed at addressing ocean acidification, including: (1) a bill (H.R. 1237) that would amend the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 to establish an Ocean Acidification Advisory Board; (2) a measure (H.R. 1716) directing the Commerce Department and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct coastal community vulnerability assessments related to ocean acidification; and (3) an act (H.R. 1921) that would authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to ocean acidification.

In the upper chamber, Senators will resume consideration of pending presidential nominees. Action on the Senate floor today will include votes on the nominations of David Schenker to be an Assistant Secretary of State, Health Tarbert to be Chairman of the CFTC, and Susan Combs to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.