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On June 13, Conrad Burns (R-MT), chair of the Senate Commerce
Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, held a supportive
hearing on NASA's Mission to Planet Earth.  In contrast to recent
criticisms of the program by House Science Committee Chair Robert
Walker (R-PA), Burns' hearing showcased witnesses who praised the
program and supported it as currently planned.  Burns stated that
the program has the potential to "easily pay for itself." 

14 Jun 1995

Just as NASA readied itself for $5 billion in spending reductions
by the end of the decade that were mandated by the White House, it
now must contemplate additional cuts by Congress.  Commented NASA
Administrator Daniel S. Goldin: "The deeper cuts Congress is
contemplating simply go too far, and I am committed to fighting
them."  He added, "all bets are off" if the additional cuts occur,
as facilities will be closed and programs terminated.

25 May 1995

In its quest to "reinvent" federal departments, the Administration
has completed reviews of its largest federal laboratory complexes.
This interagency review of DOD, DOE, and NASA laboratories is to be
submitted to the National Science and Technology Council.  As part
of this effort, a Task Force led by Robert Galvin examined and
reported on DOE's national laboratories (see FYIs #17, #40.) 

27 Apr 1995

During his presentation to PCAST members last week, NASA
Administrator Daniel Goldin gave his strong endorsement to the
just-released report of the NASA Federal Laboratory Review Task
Force.  Twenty-six people participated in this task force, chaired
by Dr. John S. Foster.

7 Apr 1995

"Perhaps no agency, more than NASA, has confronted the reality of
the austere budget environment.  Over the last few years, NASA has
transformed itself from an agency that had assumed large annual
budget increases, to one that now assumes a flat to negative
funding horizon.  I applaud the agency for getting out front of
this dilemma..."   
    -- Sen. Christopher Bond

6 Apr 1995

Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) of the House VA/HUD Appropriations
Subcommittee heard testimony on NASA's FY 1996 budget request in a
hearing that began on March 28 and continued on March 30.  Over the
two days of the hearing, Lewis showed himself to be a supporter of
NASA, and particularly the space station.

31 Mar 1995

The new chairman of the House Science Subcommittee on Space, James
Sensenbrenner (R-WI), reviewed NASA's fiscal year 1996 budget
request in a February 13 hearing.  The agency is slated to receive
$14.26 billion for the upcoming fiscal year, but has been targeted
by the Administration for a cut of $5 billion over the next five
years (see FYI #24.)  Warning that "NASA has a history of
over-optimistic planning," Sensenbrenner expressed doubts about
whether the agency could accomplish all its plans within the
context of the budget cut. 

21 Feb 1995

For Fiscal Year 1996, NASA has sent to Congress a request of $14.26
billion, 1.4 percent less than the current year.  The requests for
the Human Space Flight and Science, Aeronautics and Technology
accounts are highlighted below.

10 Feb 1995

President Clinton's fiscal year 1996 budget request gives NASA a
total of $14.26 billion.  This is $203.7 million, or 1.4 percent,
less than the space agency's current year budget.

10 Feb 1995

How should the federal government's research agencies respond to
projected significant reductions in nondefense R&D spending through
FY 2002?  This was the major question asked of NSF Director Neal
Lane, NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin, and DOE Office of Energy
Research Director Martha Krebs at a House Science Committee hearing
in late July.  The day before, the committee received testimony
from Al Teich of AAAS and Congressional Budget Office Deputy
Director James Blum (see FYI #130.)

13 Sep 1996

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