Episode 162: Axed Agencies and Nuclear Options

Relevant Reading:

ARPA-E On the Chopping Block
William B. Bonvillian

The Stakes of the Gorsuch Filibuster
Jason Willick

Good evening, listeners! We have an excellent episode for you this week, as host Richard Aldous speaks with William Bonvillian about Trump’s proposed elimination of ARPA-E before discussing Gorsuch and the “nuclear option” with Jason Willick.

William Bonvillian, a lecturer at MIT, discusses the value of ARPA-E (the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy), a 7-year old agency focused on the development of breakthrough energy technologies that has come into focus after Trump’s draft budget proposed defunding it entirely.

Then, TAI staff writer Jason Willick returns to the program to discuss the Senate Democrats’ decision to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, and the Republicans’ decision to use the “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster for this and future Supreme Court nomination votes.

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[EDITOR’S NOTE — At 12:10 in this week’s episode, it should be noted that Senator Lamar Alexander, not Senator Lamar Smith, supports ARPA-E.]

Published on: April 11, 2017
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