House Science Committee

Last week, the House of Representatives passed three bipartisan bills addressing radiation, tsunami warning and windstorm impact reduction. These non-controversial bills were considered and passed by the House of Representatives in the previous Congress. They were reintroduced in this Congress and passed with little debate.

16 Jan 2015

There was considerable discussion this year about the National Science Foundation’s grant practices.  There were three developments in December of note:

22 Dec 2014

How much money is enough for U.S. science, and how should policymakers determine what level of investment is appropriate for each field? Even as Congress searches for an exit strategy to finish its work for the year and head home to campaign, the House Science Subcommittee on Basic Research considered ways to address these perennial questions at an October 4 hearing on international benchmarking of science.

13 Oct 2000

Expanding the number of individuals prepared to use a greater proportion of their intellectual capacity means, among other things, that our elementary and secondary students must broaden their skills in mathematics and related sciences." -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan

28 Sep 2000

The Science Committee is the authorizing committee on the House side for most of the federal government's civilian science and technology policies and programs, particularly those related to physics. Its counterpart in the Senate is the Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space (see FYI #41.) Agencies under the House Science Committee's jurisdiction in the 105th Congress include NSF, NASA, NIST, and the Department of Energy's non-military R&D programs.

19 Mar 1997

Module Yesterday's launch of the Russian unmanned space station service module was a long-sought step in the construction of the International Space Station. The two-year delay in the delivery of this module has been a sore point on Capitol Hill for both station supporters and opponents. At many of NASA's authorization and appropriations hearings this year, Russia's participation in the station program was a major topic of discussion.

13 Jul 2000

Spending Last week, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jack Lew, appeared at the National Press Club to discuss recent congressional budget actions. Several questions were asked about FY 2001 science and technology spending.

In response to questions regarding the funding balance between life sciences and other sciences, and the funding of other administration S&T priorities, Lew stated:

5 Jul 2000

Earlier this month the House Science Committee held a hearing on NASA's Mars Programs, inviting Tom Young and John Casani to testify on the findings contained in the "Mars Program Independent Assessment Team Report." This team was established in early January following the failed Mars Climate Orbiter, Mars Polar Lander, and Deep Space 2 microprobes missions.

21 Apr 2000

Talk of the Nation: Science Friday" ( late last year. Holt, a freshman Democrat, represents New Jersey's 12th District. Before coming to Congress, he was the Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Holt offered some interesting observations about his first year in Congress that are useful as we start the next budget cycle. Selections from his interview with Ira Flatow follow. The entire interview can be heard at the Science Friday web site.

10 Jan 2000


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