House Science Committee

"I’m particularly pleased that in the legislation there is a signal sent that this Congress cares about investments in science, cares about the future, not as much as I would like, but nonetheless, I thank you, Mr. Chairman [David Obey (D-WI)], for including that critical funding and I thank my colleagues for accepting it." - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

20 Jun 2008

"The need for the legislation at this time is both the pending expiration of the current authorization and the upcoming change in Administration. Without a clear statement of congressional priorities and policies for NASA, the nation runs the risk of wasting both time and  resources as we transition from one Administration to the next."   - Report of the House Science and Technology Committee accompanying its FY 2009 NASA reauthorization bill

12 Jun 2008

One of the first steps in the annual budget cycle is the preparation of formal letters or reports from authorizing committees to the Budget Committees of the House and Senate.  These documents, known as the "Views and Estimates," are among the first formal documents responding to an Administration's budget request.  The Budget Committees use these documents to prepare an overall spending plan.       

5 Mar 2008

When Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) gaveled the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming into order, the intended agenda to discuss the state of climate change research quickly became an impromptu hearing on a series of controversial private emails accessed from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU).

8 Dec 2009

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL), Bart Gordon (D-TN), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Ed Markey (D-MA) and officials from the university community announced  a new web site providing information on how approximately $21 billion provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was awarded for research and development, scientific equipment, and science-related construction.   State-by-state data on this spending is now available at

23 Nov 2009

“It is really important for us to understand the ‘when” of this,” said Brain Baird (D-WA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment to a panel of witnesses testifying last month about fusion energy research. The 90-minute hearing demonstrated continuing support for fusion energy research by committee members, but also questions about its potential to be a significant supply of electricity.

17 Nov 2009

“We may be going toward the spices in India, but we may run into America,” said Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Director Pier Oddone about future research results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  Oddone was one of four witnesses testifying earlier this month at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment of the House Science and Technology Committee.

23 Oct 2009

Hours of hearings before House and Senate committees last week demonstrated universal agreement with the central finding of the “Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee”:  NASA has not received the funding it needs to carry out its programs.

25 Sep 2009

A twelve-page Summary Report by the “Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee”is certain to attract the notice of  Capitol Hill, the Administration, and the science and space communities.  In carefully considered language, the summary states:

“In fact, the Committee finds that no plan compatible with the FY 2010 budget profile permits human exploration to continue in any meaningful way.”

11 Sep 2009

On July 21, the House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education put women’s participation in the sciences in the spotlight.

27 Jul 2009


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