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S.1971: NEWS Act of 2014

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about energy
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Sponsor Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
Total Cosponsors 5 (All Democrats)
Introduced Jan. 29, 2014
Latest Major Action Dec. 10, 2014
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Bill Summary

Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014 or the NEWS Act of 2014 - (Sec. 3) Requires the Office of Science and Technology Policy to establish either a Committee or a Subcommittee on the Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability (NEWS) under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). Requires the Secretary of Energy (DOE) and Secretary of the Interior to serve as co-chairs.

Defines "energy-water nexus" as the links between: (1) the water needed to produce fuels, electricity, and other forms of energy; and (2) the energy needed to transport, reclaim, and treat water and wastewater.

Requires the NEWS Committee or Subcommittee to:

  • serve as a forum for developing common federal goals and plans on energy-water nexus research, development, and demonstration activities;
  • issue a strategic plan on the priorities and objectives of those activities within a year and twice a year thereafter;
  • promote coord...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 10, 2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 636.
Dec. 10, 2014 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Landrieu with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 113-296.
Nov. 13, 2014 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
June 25, 2014 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power. Hearings held. With printed Hearing: S.Hrg. 113-428.
Jan. 29, 2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (text of measure as introduced: CR S602)