On May 30, with much partisan rhetoric and rancorous debate, the
House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing many of the
federal government's science programs.  If enacted, the "Omnibus
Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1996" (H.R. 3322) would set
FY 1997 priorities and funding caps for NSF, NASA, NIST's in-house
laboratories, NOAA, EPA's R&D programs, and others.  It did not
contain provisions for DOE R&D programs.

11 Jun 1996

During the next few weeks, the House will consider FY 1997 funding
bills for the National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of
Energy, and NIST.  One of the best ways to predict how a Member of
Congress might vote on any issue is by examining his or her voting
record.  In 1995, Members of the House of Representatives were
given the opportunity to reduce NSF and NASA spending in order to
increase the Department of Veterans Administration appropriation.

30 May 1996

NASA and its Mission to Planet Earth program received praise and
support in two May 16 Senate hearings.  An authorization hearing of
the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space
was chaired by Conrad Burns (R-MT), a self-proclaimed "natural
resources type of person" who stated, "we should know as much about
our planet as we possibly can."  Burns' hearing featured an
impressive show-and-tell demonstration of remote sensing data
available on the Internet, with a broad variety of applications:

17 May 1996

Almost seven months after the start of the new fiscal year the
President and Congress have - at last - agreed on final FY 1996
appropriations.  Today, President Clinton will sign an
appropriations measure (H.R. 3019) that includes funding for the
National Science Foundation, NASA, and NIST, along with many other
federal departments and agencies. 

26 Apr 1996

NASA's FY 1997 budget request, its restructuring to save costs, and
the status of the space station program were the subjects of
several recent hearings on Capitol Hill.  On March 20, the House
VA/HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, which drafts NASA's funding
legislation, reviewed the agency's programs and budget request for
the coming fiscal year.  The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on
Science, Technology and Space heard, on March 26, about financial
delays to the Russian component of the space station project.  On

3 Apr 1996

"We asked for stable funding through FY 1997, and that's exactly
what the President's budget gives us."  -- NASA Administrator
Daniel Goldin

22 Mar 1996

With only hours to spare, Congress approved short-term funding last
week for a number of departments and agencies still lacking an FY
1996 appropriation.  Among them are NSF, NASA, and NIST.  Funding
is assured through March 15.  The following is the funding status
for departments and agencies tracked by FYI:

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: An full year appropriations bill was signed
last fall (see 1995 FYI #154.)

1 Feb 1996

With only one week of short term funding left for NSF, NASA, and
NIST, face-to-face budget talks between the Administration and
Congress have been called off.  It is very unclear if a legislative
mechanism can be found to avoid another destructive government
shutdown on January 27 when this money runs out.

18 Jan 1996

Keeping track of efforts to resolve long-term funding for NSF,
NASA, and NIST has almost been as difficult as tracking the snow
storms that have been hitting Washington.  Here is how things now
stand, and the outlook for the rest of FY 1996.

11 Jan 1996

Several Members of Congress, concerned about projections for NASA's outyear budgets, authored a recent "Dear Colleague" letter to House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). The letter, signed by 201 House members, asks Gingrich to help ensure stronger NASA budgets in future years. The effort was initiated by Representatives Dave Weldon (R-FL), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and Nick Lampson (D-TX), all of whom represent districts with NASA centers (Kennedy Space Center, Lewis Research Center, and Johnson Space Center, respectively.)

21 Nov 1997


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