House Science Committee

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

The combative tenor of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s hearing on climate science was struck from the outset. Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) opened the hearing by decrying the Obama Administration’s push to regulate greenhouse gases and questioning whether the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) cast doubt on the integrity of climate science. Hall said:

20 May 2011

The House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a friendly hearing to oversee the work of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the federal government’s program to foster coordination and collaboration between the 25 agencies engaged in nanotechnology research. The witnesses represented many aspects of the nanotechnology industry and included the director of NNI, an academic researcher, and representatives of companies engaged in different applications of nanotechnology to consumer products.

10 May 2011

When Congress returns next week one of the major items on its agenda will be the initial drafting of the FY 2012 appropriations bills.  The House and Senate authorization and appropriations committees have held hearings to review the FY 2012 request, with other hearings to be scheduled.  Information on the Administration’s budget request and on selected S&T hearings is available here.

26 Apr 2011

A hearing last month in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee showcased sharp partisan differences in Members’ views of the Obama Administration’s budget request for the Department of Energy. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu fielded a broad range of questions that highlighted diverging views of what the U.S. energy future should be.

26 Apr 2011

Last month’s hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee was the first of a series of hearings that the committee and its subcommittees have held on the Administration’s FY 2012 S&T budget request.  Chaired by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), a long time member of the committee, the hearing was amicable in tone, continuing the committee’s long-standing tradition of a bipartisan approach to legislating and oversight.

17 Mar 2011

Last month the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved an oversight plan that will guide its activities in 2011 and 2012.  This fifteen-page plan provides insight into the committee’s future agenda.  The committee is chaired by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX); Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is the Ranking Member.  In releasing the plan, Chairman Hall stated:

9 Mar 2011

During last month’s floor consideration by the House of Representatives of H.R. 1, the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution, dozens of amendments were filed that would have profoundly impacted science funding beyond the cuts already included in the baseline bill. While many of these amendments were withdrawn without being voted on, several were debated and voted on by the full House.

9 Mar 2011

As explained in FYI #150, the House passed and sent to the Senate
H.R. 2405, the Omnibus Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1995.
The following remarks by House Science Committee Ranking Minority
Member George Brown (D-CA), House Science Chairman Robert Walker
(D-PA), and two other representatives, provide a sense of the range
of opinions expressed by the bill's proponents and opponents:


27 Oct 1995

The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a massive
science authorization bill on October 11-13.  While it is uncertain
what will ultimately become of this legislation, it is notable on
several counts, not the least of which is in its efforts to broadly
set science policy and funding priorities.

4 Oct 1995


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