The House and Senate appropriations committees met last week to divide the $600 billion pie for FY 2001, and at the end of process, the subcommittees funding NSF and NASA both came up short. The chairmen of the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies appropriations subcommittees are now faced with essentially doing more with less, with the possible outcome being disappointing budgets for NSF and NASA.

9 May 2000

In September 1999, NASA flew the $125 million Mars Climate Orbiter into the red planet, turning an advanced science platform into so much junk burning up in the Martian atmosphere. In December 1999, NASA repeated the feat and crashed the $185 Mars Polar Lander as well." - House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

11 Jul 2000

FY 2001 NASA Budget Request: Earth Science, Human Space Flight As reported in FYI #19, NASA's budget would increase by 3.2 percent, to a total of $14,035.3 million under the FY 2001 budget request. While Space Science and Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications would see growth in the ten-percent range, Earth Science funding would drop by 2.6 percent.

16 Feb 2000

Space Science; Life & Microgravity S&A "For the first time in seven years, the NASA budget [request] is going up - $435 million in 2001." -- NASA Administrator Dan Goldin

15 Feb 2000

"This is world class performance by any reasonable standard." NASA Administrator Dan Goldin

23 Mar 2000

It has been about two weeks since the Clinton Administration sent its FY 2001 request to Congress. By May, various appropriations subcommittees will start releasing their versions of the FY 2001 appropriations bills. At present, hearings and the occasional press release offer some of the best public indicators of how research budgets are likely to fare. So far, the signs seem to be encouraging for science in general, and NSF and NASA in particular.

24 Feb 2000

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 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

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

11 Nov 1993


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