"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

Within the next few days a handful of representatives and
senators will determine next year's budgets for the National
Science Foundation and NASA.  In a race against a contingent
stop-gap funding bill, members of the House and Senate VA, HUD,
and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees soon will
meet to hammer out the final version of H.R. 3666, the VA, HUD,
and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 1997.  This
final version, called the conference report, will go back to the

6 Sep 1996

On July 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved H.R. 3666,
the VA/HUD/ Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 1997
(see FYI #105.)  Accompanying the bill is a committee report (Sen.
Report 104-318), which provides the Committee's guidance to the
agencies funded by the bill.  Below are selected quotations from
the provisions relating to NASA.  Provisions relating to NSF will
be covered in FYI #108.


18 Jul 1996

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


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