House to vote on weather forecasting, energy-research bills

By Timothy Cama | 04/29/2024 06:34 AM EDT

One measure would deliver the first major reauthorization of NOAA weather programs since 2017.

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.).

House Science, Space and Technology Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) on Capitol Hill. Lucas is sponsoring bipartisan legislation to bolster NOAA weather forecasting. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House will vote this week to reauthorize the Weather Act, the law behind the federal government’s weather forecasting, modeling and research activities.

The “Weather Act Reauthorization Act of 2023,” H.R. 6093, includes provisions meant to improve hurricane and tornado forecasting, allow new private sector partnerships and boost public communication on weather crises.

The bill passed the House Science, Space and Technology Committee unanimously in November, after lawmakers spent most of the year working on it. It would be the first major reauthorization of weather programs at NOAA since 2017.


The full House will consider the legislation under suspension of the rules, an expedited process that requires a two-thirds majority vote. No amendments are allowed on the floor.