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H.R. 589 (115th): Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 589 combines seven previously passed science bills to provide policy direction to the Department of Energy on basic science research, nuclear energy research and development, research coordination and a review of existing programs, and important reforms to streamline national laboratory management. Major provisions of the legislation include:

Title I is designed to provide flexibility to modernize our country’s national laboratory system and promote the transfer of federal research to the private sector to improve the public-private partnerships and bring innovative ideas to the marketplace. Title I authorizes a pilot program for ACT agreements to facilitate cooperative research between the national labs and third-party entities, and prioritizes activities to improve access for private companies and universities to lab resources.

Title II contains the Department of Energy research coordination provisions from …

Sponsor and status

Lamar Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 13, 2018
Length: 22 pages
Jan 20, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 28, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 28, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-246

20 Cosponsors (12 Republicans, 8 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Newsletter - Finishing Week #5!
    — Rep. Andy Biggs [R-AZ5] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 3, 2017

icymi: Weber gives floor speech about h.r.589, the department of energy research and innovation act
    — Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 24, 2017

Two Sen. Coons energy bills pass Congress as part of the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act
    — Sen. Christopher Coons [D-DE] on Sep 14, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 589 will add $83 million in new spending through 2023.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 2503: Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act

Passed Senate (House next) on Jul 23, 2018. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1460: Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017

Introduced on Jun 28, 2017. 4% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5905: Department of Energy Science and Innovation Act of 2018

Passed House (Senate next) on Jun 27, 2018. 27% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 20, 2017

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Jan 24, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 8, 2018
Considered by Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 9, 2018
Reported by Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Jul 23, 2018
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 13, 2018
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 28, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 589 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 589. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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