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The anxiously-awaited plans for a joint U.S.-Russian space station
were revealed by the Clinton Administration last week.  Informally
called "Ralpha," the joint station would link the U.S.-led space
station "Alpha" with an upgraded Russian station.  The Clinton
proposal lays out a three-phase strategy for U.S.-Russian
cooperation in space, culminating in a "world" space station effort
involving the U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada, and Europe.  The plan is
described in an addendum to the "Program Implementation Plan" for
Alpha.

11 Nov 1993

"When will we know what space station we are building?"
    -- Ralph Hall, Chairman of the House space subcommittee

15 Oct 1993

On October 1, members of the House-Senate conference reached
agreement on H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD, Independent Agencies
Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994.  This FYI and the
previous one provide details on the NASA portion of the conference
report (103-273).  However, this is not the last word on the
subject: On October 6, when the conference report was brought to
the House floor for a vote, it was rejected by a vote of 305-123
and sent back to conference because it did not terminate ASRM (see

8 Oct 1993

On October 1, members of the House-Senate conference reached
agreement on H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD, Independent Agencies
Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994.  This FYI and the next
will provide details on the NASA portion of the conference report
(103-273), which contains some of the Senate report's language
restricting funds available for Russian cooperation on the space
station, and leaves open the option of funding the Advanced Solid
Rocket Motor (ASRM) if needed to launch the station to a higher

8 Oct 1993

On September 9, the full Senate Appropriations Committee sent to
the floor its version of H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD, Independent
Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.  A floor vote is
expected either September 20 or 21.  The bill is accompanied by a
208-page report specifying the Senate Appropriations Committee's
recommendations; selected portions pertaining to NASA are
highlighted in this FYI.

MISSION TO PLANET EARTH

"The Committee makes the following changes to the budget request:

17 Sep 1993

On September 9, the full Senate Appropriations Committee sent to
the floor its version of H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD, Independent
Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.  A floor vote is
expected either September 20 or 21.  The bill is accompanied by a
208-page report specifying the Senate Appropriations Committee's
recommendations; selected portions pertaining to NASA are
highlighted in this FYI.

SPACE SCIENCE

"The Committee recommends the following changes from the budget
request:

17 Sep 1993

By a vote of 25-0 yesterday, the full Senate Appropriations
Committee sent to the floor its version of H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD,
Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.
Although the all-important committee report containing funding
instructions and recommendations for NSF and NASA (and all the
other agencies under this bill's jurisdiction) will not be
available until next week, the following is known:

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:

10 Sep 1993

Today, the full House will vote on H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD and
Independent Agencies Bill for fiscal year 1994.  The bill was
approved by the House Appropriations Committee on June 22, and is
accompanied by a report spelling out the Committee's
recommendations on spending.  This FYI provides selected
information from the NASA portion of the report.

28 Jun 1993

The first solid indication about the general outlines of the fiscal
year 1994 National Science Foundation and NASA budgets was provided
on May 27 by the House VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee.  The subcommittee marked-up (or drafted) its version
of the fiscal year 1994 spending bill.  This $68.31 billion
legislation will be considered by the full House Appropriations
Committee after the Congress returns next week; action by the
entire House should occur shortly thereafter.

The following is known about this bill:

2 Jun 1993

Kevin F. Kelly, Clerk of the Senate VA, HUD Independent Agencies
Appropriations Subcommittee, addressed last month's AAAS Colloquium
on Science and Technology Policy.  Kelly is the top assistant to
Chairman Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland).  Prefacing his remarks that
the views expressed were his own, his speech offered some insights
on a subcommittee whose activities are largely conducted in
private.  Some of his comments follow:

14 May 1993

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