House Appropriations Committee

While there was concern, and at times criticism, about NASA during two recent appropriations hearings, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin accomplished what he has been able to do so many times before that of maintaining support for the space agency. Public hearings on NASA by the House and Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies appropriations subcommittees are complete; the next stop is the House mark up of the FY 2001 funding bill on May 23.

20 Apr 2000

Science Funding Congress is now working on the bills that will fund basic scientific research in FY 2001. As part of that process, decisions have to be made about how much money each appropriations subcommittee will have to spend. This money is known as the 302(b) allocation, and is vital to what kind of bill a subcommittee can produce. The higher the 302(b), the better. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has often remarked that the subcommittee funding NSF and NASA lives or dies by its 302(b) allocation.

23 Mar 2000

The authorizing subcommittee in the House for most, if not all, Department of Defense R&D is the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Research and Development. The comparable subcommittee on the Senate side is the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. See http://www.house.gov/MemberWWW.htmlfor the Web sites of all representatives.

8 Apr 1999

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the National Science Foundation and NASA. Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress. Included with each subcommittee member's name is a list of the higher education institutions in his or her district. Information on rosters and university/college listings comes from Congressional Quarterly.

8 Apr 1999

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other areas, the physics-related programs within the Department of Energy. These include Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. (While the energy appropriations bill funds most of DOE, the Interior Department appropriations bill funds such DOE programs as fossil fuels, clean coal, and alternative fuels production.) Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress.

8 Apr 1999

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the Department of Commerce. Within the Commerce Department are the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.) Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress. Included with each subcommittee member's name is a list of the higher education institutions in his or her district.

8 Apr 1999

On June 28, the House of Representatives voted to preserve funding
for the redesigned space station in the VA/HUD appropriations bill,
H.R. 2491 (see FYI #88).  An amendment by Tim Roemer (D-Indiana) to
terminate the station lost by a vote of 196-220.  Below is a
portion of the roll call vote.  Only representatives voting in
support of the Roemer amendment to terminate the space station, and
those not voting, are listed.  Representatives NOT LISTED below
voted FOR the station.

*** YEAS(196)**********************************************

7 Jul 1993

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the bill
containing fiscal year 1994 NASA funding during the week of June
21.  The full committee will be voting on a May 27 version of the
VA, HUD, Independent Agencies bill drafted by the VA/HUD
appropriations subcommittee (see FYI #71.)  The Space Science
Working Group provided the following details about this bill:

10 Jun 1993

When Jack Gibbons, the President's Science Advisor and Director of
the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), appeared before
the House appropriations VA/HUD subcommittee on March 29 to discuss
OSTP's fiscal 1994 budget request, he found himself inundated with
questions on the White House's plans for Space Station Freedom. 

31 Mar 1993

Members have been named to the subcommittees of the House
Appropriations Committee for the 103rd Congress.  Of major interest
to scientists and science educators is the Subcommittee on
Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent
Agencies, which has jurisdiction over funding for the National
Science Foundation and NASA.  On the other side of Capitol Hill,
the Senate has determined the membership of its major committees,
but it has not yet announced final subcommittee assignments. 

22 Jan 1993

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