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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the National Science Foundation and NASA. Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress. Information on rosters comes from the Congressional Quarterly. See http://www.senate.gov/senators/index.cfmfor the Web sites of all senators.

8 Apr 1999

Vice President Gore and several senior Administration officials
were in Moscow this week to sign a series of cooperative agreements
with the Russians.  Although the accords have been under discussion
for some time, the results of Russia's recent parliamentary
elections seems to make friendly collaborations with the West all
the more timely and important.

17 Dec 1993

With the Cold War fading into history, economic competitiveness
becoming the watchword of the decade, and the space race against
the Russians turning into probable cooperation, NASA is struggling
to redefine its role.  On November 16, the Senate Commerce
Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space invited NASA
Administrator Daniel Goldin, Martin Marietta CEO Norman Augustine,
and Robert Frosch of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government
to offer their thoughts on NASA's plans, priorities, and budgetary
difficulties.

23 Nov 1993

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

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