Test Amendment Last week, the Senate voted 52-48 against an amendment offered by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), to require "operationally- realistic testing against countermeasures for national missile defense." This amendment to the defense authorization act was supported by all Senate Democrats and three Republicans: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and James Jeffords of Vermont.

21 Jul 2000

In April, the Council of the American Physical Society adopted a statement regarding the technical feasibility of the Clinton Administration's proposed National Missile Defense (NMD) system.

16 May 2000

A Funding Retrospective "After many years in existence, the program has not produced a body of evidence to overcome those fundamental questions about whether the program should exist in the first place.... With many other priorities facing the Committee and funding constraints as they are, the Committee concludes that funding would be better spent on higher priority programs and recommends that the ATP program be terminated."

7 Jul 2000

Press Briefing by Neal Lane and Rita Colwell OSTP Director Neal Lane and NSF Director Rita Colwell accompanied President Clinton on Air Force One last week to Los Angeles and the California Institute of Technology. At Cal Tech, the President announced his intention to request a significant increase in FY 2001 research funding (see FYI #8.) Lane and Colwell made the following remarks while the plane was en route to Los Angeles:


1 Feb 2000

To alter the rules that the scientific community has operated under for decades without providing them an opportunity to speak to the need for this change or to participate in developing it, is not only unwise, it is unfair." -- Rep. George E. Brown Jr. (D-CA) on the mandated change in data availability in the OMB A- 110 regulation (1/1999)

6 Jan 2000

"So science provides the only sure basis for reaching agreements that can not only be signed, but implemented..." - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

28 Feb 2000

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5 Jan 2000

Last week, Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan) held a one hour briefing on the status of his National Science Policy study. Ehlers chairs a House Science Committee effort to "conduct a review of our national science policy and develop a new long-range science and technology policy that is concise, comprehensive, and coherent."

Ehlers began by discussing his three overall objectives: serving as a liaison to the science community (saying it had "gone well"), heading the policy study, and doing a review of science education (which will occur next year.)

20 Feb 1998

The Clinton Administration's Fiscal Year 1999 budget request for civilian research is unprecedented. Under a proposed Research Fund for America (encompassing the non-defense research programs of HHS, NSF, DOE, NASA, USDA, Commerce, USGS, EPA, VA, Department of Education, and a Climate Change Technology Initiative) funding would increase 8 percent. Between the current year and 2003, funding would increase 32 percent.

3 Feb 1998

"Tonight, as part of our gift to the millennium, I propose a 21st Century research fund for pathbreaking scientific inquiry, the largest funding increase in history for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute."-- President Bill Clinton

28 Jan 1998


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