House Science Committee

On June 24, the House of Representatives voted to terminate the
Superconducting Super Collider (see FYI #82).  This vote was taken
on an amendment to H.R. 2445, offered by Rep. Jim Slattery
(D-Kansas), to reduce SSC funding by $400 million, with the
remaining money to be used for shut-down costs.  The amendment was
adopted by a vote of 280-150.

29 Jun 1993

By a vote of 280 to 150, the House of Representatives voted
yesterday to terminate the Superconducting Super Collider.  This
vote came during consideration of H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water
Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.  Earlier this
week, the House rejected, by a one vote margin, an amendment which
would have killed the space station.

22 Jun 1993

It is difficult to tell if over six hours of exhausting testimony
yesterday before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
did much to change any minds about the superconducting super
collider.  Billed as a hearing to examine the merits, economic
potential, and funding requirements for the collider, the
impressive turnout by Members at the beginning of the hearing
dwindled to only three or four by its conclusion. 

27 May 1993

At a jam-packed press conference this morning, House science
committee chairman George Brown (D-California) announced that "the
Freedom-derived Station is the only design I intend to support."
Although not a surprise because of his past support for the space
station, Brown's statement is significant.  One, he is clearly not
backing away from the station.  Two, Brown is signaling to the
administration his strong preferences about the design outcome he
wants.  Brown said that while he would not actively oppose a

20 May 1993

On March 12, House science committee chairman George E. Brown
(D-CA) gave a provocative speech on science policy advice.  The
occasion was a meeting to discuss a new report of the Carnegie
Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, "Facing Toward
Governments: Nongovernmental Organizations and Scientific and
Technical Advice" (call the commission at 212-998-2150 for a copy
of the report.)  Selections from Brown's speech follow:

19 Mar 1993

Within the next few weeks, Congress will start consideration of
legislation important to the science community.  The following
recommendations for effective communications are from the AIP
brochure, "Communicating with Congress."  Please send a stamped,
self-addressed, business-sized envelope for a copy of the full
brochure to: AIP Office of Government & Institutional Relations;
1630 Connecticut Avenue, NW; Suite 750; Washington, D.C.  20009.


11 Mar 1993

I have been on somewhat of a crusade against unauthorized,
location-specific appropriations to academic institutions which
bypass congressional debate and legitimate processes of peer review
or merit review.
    --George Brown

24 Feb 1993

The House Science Subcommittee on Space began the 103rd Congress
with several hearings reviewing U.S. space policy.  The hearings,
held on February 2 and 4, with a third scheduled for February 17,
consider a series of reports released by the National Space Council
under former Vice President Quayle.  The hearing room was full with
new members of the subcommittee, many from districts deeply
affected by the aerospace industry.

10 Feb 1993

An informal briefing this week by the House Science, Space, and
Technology Committee staff provided a good overview of high
priority energy research and other science issues.   The committee
will revisit some issues as well as consider new matters of
interest to the physics community this year.

5 Feb 1993

Following new House rules for the 103rd Congress designed to reduce
the proliferation of subcommittees, the House Science, Space and
Technology Committee has been reorganized.  Its six subcommittees
have been reduced to five.  It retains unchanged its subcommittees
on Science, Space, Energy, and Investigations and Oversight.  The
Environment subcommittee was eliminated, and most of its
jurisdiction taken over by the Technology and Competitiveness
subcommittee, now renamed the Subcommittee on Technology,
Environment, and Aviation.

20 Jan 1993


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