House Science Committee

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

Defense conversion was the topic of a July 20 hearing by the House
Science Subcommittee on Technology, Environment and Aviation.  The
hearing focused on efforts by the Advanced Research Projects Agency
(ARPA) and the Department of Commerce's National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) to help defense-based industries
develop dual-use technologies and diversify into the commercial
marketplace.  Members of industry and regional coalitions also
described their activities to shift from defense-based to
commercial economies.

23 Jul 1993

On June 28, during consideration of the fiscal year 1994 VA/HUD
appropriations bill, the House of Representatives rejected by a
vote of 196-220 an amendment to terminate funding for the space
station (see FYI #91).  Below are selected quotes from the floor
debate on the amendment:       

13 Jul 1993

By an unexpectedly wide margin on June 28, the House of
Representatives rejected an amendment to terminate funding for
Space Station Freedom.  The vote came on an amendment offered by
Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Indiana) and Rep. Dick Zimmer (R-New Jersey) to
delete station funding from H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD Appropriations
bill for FY 1994.  The amendment was rejected by a vote of 220 to
196.  This margin was somewhat of a surprise, since last week the
House voted to authorize space station funding by only a one vote

1 Jul 1993

It is expected that the Senate will vote in September on H.R. 2445,
the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal
year 1994.  During the Senate's consideration of this legislation,
an amendment is expected to be offered to delete funding for the
SSC.  In response to several inquiries regarding last year's voting
record, the following 1992 Senate roll call vote is provided.  A
YES vote was in support of the SSC; a NO vote was for termination
of the collider.  Freshman senators (FS) who were formerly

29 Jun 1993

On June 24, the House of Representatives voted to terminate the
Superconducting Super Collider (see FYI #82).  This vote was taken
on an amendment to H.R. 2445, offered by Rep. Jim Slattery
(D-Kansas), to reduce SSC funding by $400 million, with the
remaining money to be used for shut-down costs.  The amendment was
adopted by a vote of 280-150.

29 Jun 1993

By a vote of 280 to 150, the House of Representatives voted
yesterday to terminate the Superconducting Super Collider.  This
vote came during consideration of H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water
Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.  Earlier this
week, the House rejected, by a one vote margin, an amendment which
would have killed the space station.

22 Jun 1993

It is difficult to tell if over six hours of exhausting testimony
yesterday before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
did much to change any minds about the superconducting super
collider.  Billed as a hearing to examine the merits, economic
potential, and funding requirements for the collider, the
impressive turnout by Members at the beginning of the hearing
dwindled to only three or four by its conclusion. 

27 May 1993


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