House Science Committee

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 #68.) Agencies under the House Science Committee's jurisdiction in the 105th Congress include the National Science Foundaiton, NASA, NIST, and the Department of Energy's non-military R&D programs.

17 Apr 1998

On March 25, the House Science Committee took a second look at scientific collaborations. A March 11 hearing (see FYI #45) had examined research partnerships to provide input for the National Science Policy Study being chaired by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI). Ehlers returned to the topic in a March 25 hearing reviewing the benefits to the U.S. from international scientific cooperation. The witnesses agreed that because of constrained science funding in the U.S.

2 Apr 1998

House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) gave a speech last week to a university association during which he offered his plain-spoken views on the following:

9 Mar 1998

As reported in FYI #13, yesterday House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), spoke at the annual meeting of the Universities Research Associates (URA) Council of Presidents. This FYI contains his remarks on specific issues that the Science Committee will address this year, including the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty, funding for the Next Generation Internet, construction of a National Spallation Neutron Source, and U.S. participation in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe.


30 Jan 1998

Below are highlights from remarks by House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), delivered yesterday at the annual meeting of the Universities Research Associates (URA) Council of Presidents. Notably, Sensenbrenner criticizes both the science initiatives in President Clinton's State of the Union Address and a recent Senate bill to authorize an increase in science funding (S. 1305; see FYI #133, 1997) for lacking coherence and credible justification.

30 Jan 1998

The nation lost a great friend of science last week with the passing of Rep. George E. Brown Jr. (D-California), Ranking Minority Member of the House Science Committee. Not only was Brown a strong advocate for federal R&D, he was also someone who attempted to look beyond the conventional wisdom and challenge traditional thinking about science and technology and their role in society. An industrial physicist by training, Rep. Brown was in his 18th term in the House of Representatives, and served two as Chairman of the Science Committee.

20 Jul 1999

Information Technology Hearing; George Brown Dies

"Information technology is truly the rising tide that lifts all boats." -- Edward Lazowska, University of Washington

A recent hearing demonstrated that the Administration and the House Science Committee are close to agreement on raising the priority of information technology (IT) research. Both the White House and the committee have proposed initiatives to increase funding for R&D in this area.

16 Jul 1999

The first component of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reathorization was passed by the House Education and the Workforce Committee on June 30. While this begins the process of reauthorizing the programs of the Department of Education, the appropriations bills that fund it are hung up, faced with funding allocations lower than what was available in FY 1999.

14 Jul 1999

Everyone agrees that K-12 math and science education in the United States is not what it should be. On June 10, a former AAPT president testified before the House Science Committee and Committee on Education and the Workforce. This joint hearing was on a key component of the solution to this problem: "Finding, Training and Keeping Good Teachers." The day before, a press conference was held at which a math and science education policy statement was released.

17 Jun 1999

The House Science Committee, under the direction of Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), has been active recently on a number of science policy fronts. Summarized below are several legislative initiatives and a hearing on NSF's Antarctic Research Program.

15 Jun 1999


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