House Science Committee

Legislation redefining the missions of the Department of Energy's
national laboratories is working its way to the floor of the House
of Representatives.  Two House committees - Science, Space, and
Technology, and Armed Services -have completed work on H.R. 1432.
There are now reports that the House Energy and Commerce Committee
may also want a hand in shaping the bill, injecting uncertainty
into the schedule.

5 May 1994

The House Subcommittee on Space has generally been regarded as
friendly territory for the space station -- much more so than the
House floor.  It is thus an ominous sign that both station
supporters and opponents have harshly criticized the Clinton
Administration's proposal to use Russian technology in the project.

29 Apr 1994

How feasible is it to use Russia's Baikonur space-launch facility
as a component of NASA's space station program?  What is the status
of European participation in the program?  These are two of the
questions answered in reports issued by House science committee
chairman George Brown (D-California) and the committee's Ranking
Republican, James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) following site visits
to Russia and Europe late in 1993.

20 Apr 1994

An April 13 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Space provided a
good indication of the battle brewing over space station funding.
Previous funding disputes over the station and the SSC could be
like a walk in the park compared to what lies in store this year
for space station funding.

15 Apr 1994

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) was a featured speaker at last
week's AAAS Colloquium on Science and Technology Policy.  He is
chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and
Space.  Some of his remarks follow:

14 Apr 1994

This week the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
revisited one of the most intractable problems facing science
funding: the earmarking of money by the appropriations committees.
During two days of hearings the committee received testimony from
administration officials and recipients of earmarked funds.  This
FYI covers the first day of the hearings.

23 Sep 1994

"You can't live in a dream world forever," warned House science
committee chairman George Brown (D-Cal.) at last Thursday's press
conference on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report,
"Reinventing NASA" (see FYI #48.)  The report highlights the
difficult choices which Congress will be making about NASA's
programs in the next six months leading up to the start of Fiscal
Year 1995.

30 Mar 1994

On February 20, Rep. George Brown (D-California), chairman of the
House science committee, spoke at the San Francisco meeting of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Brown
provided his views on this country's prospects for "Big Science and
International Cooperation."  Selected excerpts from his speech
follow.  (Note: in the interest of space, some paragraphs have been
combined, with combined paragraph breaks marked as //.)

4 Mar 1994

"The high energy physics program in the United States is at a
critical juncture."
     -- Roberto D. Peccei, Past Chairman of APS Division of      
        Particle and Fields

2 Feb 1994

Last Friday afternoon, House Science Committee Chairman Bob Walker
(R-PA) announced his intention to retire at the end of this
Congress (one year from now.)  In making this surprise
announcement, Walker said, "It is time for me to step aside and
allow someone else to take on the challenge of serving this
district in the Congress.  Since the first Continental Congress 220
years ago, the Pennsylvania Dutch seat has established a proud
tradition.  A part of that tradition is that no one has ever held

18 Dec 1995


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