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S. 97 (115th): Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act of 2017

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

S. 97 enables civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions, and expands theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, chemistry, and materials science. Specifically, the legislation establishes the National Reactor Innovation Center to facilitate the siting of privately funded advanced reactor prototypes at DOE sites through partnerships between the Department of Energy and private industry. In addition, this legislation authorizes an advanced nuclear energy licensing cost-share program to provide grants nonfederal developers of advanced reactor technologies in order to help offset the fees charged by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for certain costs related to licensing. The bill would direct DOE to determine the need for a new test reactor, the Versatile Neutron Source, to support research and development of advanced reactor systems by …

Sponsor and status

Michael “Mike” Crapo

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Idaho. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 8 pages
Jan 11, 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. 115-248

7 Cosponsors (4 Republicans, 3 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Crapo, Risch, Whitehouse Measure to Improve Nuclear Research, Drive Innovation Heads to President's Desk
    — Sen. Michael “Mike” Crapo [R-ID] (Sponsor) on Sep 13, 2018

Crapo, Whitehouse Measure to Improve Nuclear Research, Drive Innovation Heads to President’s Desk
    — Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 13, 2018

Mangkhut recovery continues
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP] on Sep 17, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 97 will add $450 million in new spending through 2027.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 1460: Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017

Introduced on Jun 28, 2017. 2% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 431: Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act of 2017

Introduced on Jan 11, 2017. 99% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 11, 2017

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Mar 30, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Jun 21, 2017
Reported by Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

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Mar 7, 2018
Passed Senate (House next)

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

Sep 13, 2018
Passed House

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.

S. 97 (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 S. 97. 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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