Washington Updates

The OSA Public Policy staff is pleased to provide you with Washington Updates, where you will find up-to-date information on legislation, events, and other activities happening in Washington, D.C. that affect the optics and photonics community. We welcome your feedback on any of these issues. You can contact the OSA government relations team directly if you would like more information on a particular article.

Washington Updates - 2017

American Innovation and Competitiveness Act Signed Into Law 

Congress has passed and President Obama signed into law the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084).  Optics and photonics language is included in section 603 of the bill.   This language inclusion is all thanks to members of the optics and photonics community who came to Washington, DC, to participate in the National Photonics Initiative’s (NPI) visits with members of Congress, advocating for this language to be added to the bill.  OSA is a cofounding sponsor of the NPI.  We greatly appreciate the efforts made by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).
Read the National Photonics Initiative news release
Read the OSA news release

Posted: January 9, 2017

Congress passes a second Continuing Resolution

Congress has passed a second Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded through April 28, 2017.  By that date, Congress will need to pass either an Omnibus Appropriations bill (multiple appropriations bill combined into one bill) or another Continuing Resolution. 

Posted: December 12, 2016 

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