House Energy & Commerce Committee

“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

Two hearings before the House and Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittees this month offered little optimism about the timely opening of the Yucca Mountain Repository for nuclear waste.  Although almost $10 billion has been spent on the Yucca Mountain program, the most optimistic date for the opening of this proposed repository in Nevada has again been delayed.

30 Apr 2008

Energy Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach received a friendly reception when he testified before the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee on March 13.  Despite this reception, it appears that the FY 2009 Office of Science request is facing significant challenges, not so much as a result of how high it is, but more because of how low, in Chairman Peter Visclosky's (D-IN) eyes, other DOE program requests are.               

19 Mar 2008

This week marks the 20th anniversary of FYI.  Since the first issue, on Senate legislation that “addresses the critical need for improvement in science and math education,” 3,175 issues have been written, and approximately 120 issues of FYI This Month.   We much appreciate the support of our readers, and welcome your suggestions.

30 Sep 2009

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) stated it well: “Either the nation is going to have to give NASA enough funding to meet the dual challenges of carrying out its current and planned missions and of revitalizing the agency’s human and physical capital, or the nation is going to have to agree on what it wants NASA to cut.”Acting for the nation at large, it will be the members of  the House and Senate who will make these decisions.  That process began this morning when the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its versi

4 Jun 2009

The week of April 20 was a busy one for Chairman Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) House Energy and Commerce Committee. Waxman and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey’s (D-MA) 648-page American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 was praised, questioned and condemned by 67 witnesses across four days of hearings. The comments of Secretary of Energy Steven Chu were of particular interest.

29 Apr 2009

Judy Franz, the Executive Officer of the American Physical Society, testified before the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee on April 2.  The subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over National Science Foundation funding,  convened  to receive public testimony.  Franz, and the presidents or executive officers of the American Chemical Society, American Mathematical Society, and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, testified in support of the Obama Administration’s proposed $7 billion budget for the National Science Foundation for FY 2010.

6 Apr 2009

House Hearing Highlights the Need for Federal Medical Radiation Standards

“In some states hairdressers are better regulated than people who perform medical radiation procedures.” - Sandra Hayden, American Society of Radiologic Technologists

15 Mar 2010

The U.S.  Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) issued a  report  last month that found significant benefits to  pursuing jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.  On average, workers in STEM jobs across all levels of educational attainment earn  more money and experience lower unemployment when compared with workers in  non-STEM jobs.

2 Aug 2011

The  American Institute of Physics joined three of its Member Societies – the American  Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Physical  Society - in urging House appropriators to support the Obama Administration’s request  to resume production of Pu-238.  Pu-238  is used to fuel NASA’s deep space probes.   The Administration requested that appropriators provide both the  Department of Energy and NASA with $10 million in their FY 2012 funding bills  to support this production.  House  appropriators did not includ

5 Jul 2011


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