House Energy & Commerce Committee

In the Senate, most authorizing legislation for physics-related programs is drafted by the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space of the Senate Commerce Committee. While this Senate subcommittee has jurisdiction over most of the federal civilian science and technology programs, its counterpart in the House is a full committee, the Science Committee. The House Science Committee has four separate subcommittees to oversee different areas of science and technology.

8 Apr 1999

One tenet of the Clinton Administration is that "technology is the
engine of economic growth."  While the newly-established National
Science and Technology Council (see FYI #158) is charged with
coordinating technology initiatives across the federal government,
the Department of Commerce is working at coordinating its own
science and technology programs.

14 Dec 1993

On October 13, House Republicans announced consensus on a proposal
to dismantle the Department of Commerce.  Their plan is based on a
bill (H.R. 1756) sponsored by Dick Chrysler (R-MI) (see FYI #125).
The bill had to run a gamut of 11 different House committees, each
with jurisdiction over some of its elements.  Many of the
committees made changes which were incorporated into the final
proposal, including Robert Walker's (R-PA) Science Committee.   The
Republican leadership intends to roll the bill into their major

17 Oct 1995

While various proposals to dismantle the Department of Commerce
make their way through Congress, the FY 1996 funding bill for the
Department, H.R. 2076, has now passed the Senate and is ready to go
to a House-Senate conference.  The appropriations bill was approved
by the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 12, and the
full Senate on September 29.  During discussion on the Senate
floor, funds were added to increase the total NIST budget.  Below
are highlights of the Appropriations Committee's actions and
changes made on the floor. 

4 Oct 1995

Since returning to work after Labor Day, Congress has focused a lot
of attention on the Department of Commerce.  Authorizing committees
in both the House and Senate debated the fate of the department,
while the Senate Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its
funding bill.

8 Sep 1995

This has been a busy week on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Department
of Commerce.  Three committee hearings have been held on
legislation to dismantle the department, and the House finished its
consideration of the department's FY 1996 appropriation.  What has
emerged is a very uncertain future for the Commerce Department.

27 Jul 1995

It quickly became clear during House and Senate hearings this week
on the Department of Commerce that its budget request is going to
be slashed.  The extent to which this will affect the core programs
at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has yet to be
seen, but it appears a near certainty that the Advanced Technology
Program (ATP) is going to come under heavy fire.

10 Mar 1995

On January 6, the House of Representatives elected J. Dennis "Denny" Hastert, a Republican from Illinois' 14th district, to the House Speakership. Hastert, who is beginning his seventh term, is considered an honorable and pragmatic legislator, solid rather than flashy, who believes in conservative principles but is willing to work hard to find compromises.

8 Jan 1999

The Commerce Department announced earlier this week that it will create a Federal Advisory Committee to offer recommendations on deemed export policy. The twelve members of the Deemed Export Advisory Committee will be appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. Committee members, who must obtain a secret security clearance, are now being recruited from academia, industry and other fields. Candidates must respond by July 21, 2006.

26 May 2006

“Nanotech is a true science race between the nations, and we should be encouraging the transition from research breakthroughs to commercial development.  I believe the U.S. should excel in this area.”  So stated House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Chairman Lee Terry (R-NE) at a hearing last month on nanotechnology.

27 Aug 2014


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