Senate Appropriations Committee

As reported in FYI #110, Senate appropriators finally passed their FY 2001 VA/HUD funding bill on September 13. FYI #110 lays out the context and provides details on the NSF portion of the bill. Below are details of the NASA portion.

15 Sep 2000

Today, the House is scheduled to begin floor debate on its FY 2001 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees marked up their versions of the Labor- HHS-Education bill last month. In both bills, it appears that teacher professional development in science and math would receive at least as much as the current appropriation, but actual funding levels are not clear.

7 Jun 2000

Senate Appropriations Bill for NSF It paid to wait. Senate VA, HUD Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Christopher "Kit" Bond (R-MO) and Ranking Minority Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) sat on their bill until the Senate leadership found a way to provide them with more money. The result is a bill that would give the National Science Foundation an increase of 10.3% in FY 2001 funding.

15 Sep 2000

The Senate Appropriations Committee has completed its version of the Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations bill for FY 2001. It would decrease funding for NIST from the current level, but less so than the counterpart bill in the House. Unlike the House appropriators, who would eliminate NIST's Advanced Technology Program (ATP), the senators would provide more money for ATP than it is receiving this year.

14 Sep 2000

While there was concern, and at times criticism, about NASA during two recent appropriations hearings, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin accomplished what he has been able to do so many times before that of maintaining support for the space agency. Public hearings on NASA by the House and Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies appropriations subcommittees are complete; the next stop is the House mark up of the FY 2001 funding bill on May 23.

20 Apr 2000

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the Department of Commerce. Within the Commerce Department are the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.) Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress. Information on rosters comes from Congressional Quarterly.

8 Apr 1999

After months of uncertainty following a June vote in the House of
Representatives, the Senate yesterday voted to fully fund the
administration's request for the Superconducting Super Collider.
By a vote of 57 to 42, the Senate rejected an amendment offered by
Senator Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas) to terminate the collider.  There
were ten more negative votes against the collider this year than
last year.

1 Oct 1993

On September 22, the Senate passed H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD and
Independent Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994.
During floor debate over the bill, the space station, now being
referred to in its redesigned state as Space Station Alpha,
survived an amendment by Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas) to
terminate it. 

1 Oct 1993

OSTP Director John Gibbons received a warm reception from Senator
Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) last week when he testified before
her Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent
Agencies.  This hearing provided a firsthand view of the
relationship between the administration's top science and
technology official and a key senator.

23 Mar 1994

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu had a good hearing last week before the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.  Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) expressed strong appreciation for the research performed by the Department of Energy.  While Chu was asked many questions about the department’s programs, some of which were critical in nature, no appropriator called for a reduction in the department’s FY 2012 budget request.  As is true for other S&T agencies, DOE’s FY 2012 appropriation is likely to be determined n

27 May 2011


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