House Science Committee

Indicative of the great interest there is in the early December
shuttle flight to repair the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was a
November 16 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Space.  As one of
NASA's planned great observatories, HST is seen, in the words of
subcommittee chairman Ralph M. Hall (D-Texas), as "a project that
became a symbol of a troubled space program." It is clear from the
hearing that the upcoming mission has the potential to renew
congressional optimism about NASA, with the reverse being equally

23 Nov 1993

Senator Jay Rockefeller's (D-West Virginia) first year as chairman
of the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space is
coming to an end.  As the replacement for now Vice President Al
Gore, Rockefeller has become one of the Senate's chief players in
the formation of science and technology policy.

15 Nov 1993

On October 28, the House Subcommittee on Science tackled what one
congressman described as "one of the thorniest issues in science
policy" -- the relationship between foreign corporations and
American research universities.  The two-hour hearing probably
raised more questions than it answered.

12 Nov 1993

"The SSC as we know it is dead.  It cannot be revived."
- Senator J. Bennett Johnston

In a decision which has surprised many in Washington, a
House-Senate conference committee has terminated the
Superconducting Super Collider.  This action seals the fate of the
collider: there is no possibility that the SSC will survive this
latest, and final, decision.

22 Oct 1993

In what has become a major test of wills, the House of
Representatives by a vote of nearly 2 to 1 has rejected the
conference bill containing $640 million in funding for the
Superconducting Super Collider.  Although this is by no means the
final chapter, the SSC is in trouble.

20 Oct 1993


October 19 is going to be an important date in the history of the
SSC.  If all goes as scheduled, the House of Representatives will
vote that day on the conference report for H.R. 2445, the Energy
and Water Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.

15 Oct 1993

In an action certain to enrage House opponents of the
Superconducting Super Collider, House Speaker Thomas Foley is
expected today to reject a request by collider opponents that they
be represented on an upcoming House-Senate conference committee.
This paves the way for an intensive battle on the House floor over
H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

7 Oct 1993

As the fiscal year 1994 appropriations process unfolds, chairman
George Brown of the House science committee persists in his battle
to root out earmarks (funds targeted for a specific unauthorized,
unpeer-reviewed project or facility in an appropriations bill or
its accompanying report.)  In a letter dated September 27, Brown
requested the assistance of Vice President Al Gore in combating
this practice.  The letter begins by praising Gore's report on
reinventing government, particularly the recommendation to

6 Oct 1993

On September 15, George Brown (D-California), chairman of the House
Committee on Science, Space and Technology, held his second hearing
on academic earmarking.  The hearing, postponed from August, looked
at institutions which have actively solicited earmarks, and the
agencies which were directed to provide the earmarked funds. 

22 Sep 1993

"The efforts of the Administration, Congressional authorizing
committees, and the academic communities to set research priorities
for the nation will run aground on the shoals of earmarking."
    -- Report by the Chairman of the House Science Committee

19 Aug 1993


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