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FYI Number 36: March 18, 2003

Congressional Committees with Jurisdiction over R&D, Education

Members of Congress make numerous decisions impacting the funding and conduct of federal R&D, yet they often get little input from their constituents about science policy or budgets. Those Members with probably the biggest impact on science programs are the appropriators. There are 13 appropriations subcommittees in each chamber of Congress. Within those subcommittees, R&D agencies often have to compete for funding with other priorities, such as veterans' and housing programs.

Authorization bills provide funding caps or guidelines for federal programs. While in theory, appropriators are supposed to be guided by authorizing legislation when determining federal funding, in reality they do not necessarily heed the authorizers, and many authorization bills never make it into law. However, authorization bills, if they are timely, can often influence funding for a project or agency.

There are several major appropriations and authorization committees or subcommittees in each chamber that have jurisdiction over most federal programs tracked by FYI. To get information on committee chairs, rosters, hearing schedules and legislation, or to determine if your representative or senators sit on a certain committee, please see the (sub)committee web sites below.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3:

House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

House Armed Services Committee

Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats & Capabilities

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:

House VA/HUD/Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee

House Science Subcommittee on Research

Senate VA/HUD/Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee

Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space

NASA:

House VA/HUD/Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee

House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

Senate VA/HUD/Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee

Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY:

House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee

House Science Subcommittee on Energy

Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

NIST:

House Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations Subcommittee

House Science Subcommittee on Environment, Technology & Standards

Senate Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations Subcommittee

Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:

House Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee

House Education and the Workforce Committee

Senate Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

 

Audrey T. Leath
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
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