House Science Committee

Office of Science Director Ray Orbach testified on Wednesday before the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science. The hearing, chaired by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), was called to review the Department of Energy's research priorities in FY 2006. Orbach was joined at the witness table by four senior officials from other DOE energy research programs.

29 Apr 2005

Several hours prior to an April 14 House Science Committee hearing featuring winners of the 2004 Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (see http://www.aip.org/fyi/2005/059.html), Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) addressed the awardees at a breakfast in their honor. Below are selected portions of Boehlert's speech. Some paragraphs have been combined in the interest of space:

FEDERAL FOCUS ON EDUCATION:

22 Apr 2005

"Probably the best use of federal funds" to improve science and math education is to sponsor "training for the teachers we already have in classrooms, and just as importantly, for pre-service teachers." This comment by Joyce Dodd, a sixth grade math teacher at the Bryson Middle School in South Carolina, reflected the consensus of the Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching who testified before the House Science Committee on April 14.

22 Apr 2005

A House Science Committee hearing last month on the Bush Administration's FY 2006 R&D budget request was critical in tone regarding both overall funding figures and proposed changes to programs.

31 Mar 2005

The difficulties of implementing a tested technology to warn of an infrequent but catastrophic natural disaster were reviewed last week at a hearing of the House Science Committee. While the Bush Administration's proposal to deploy a greatly expanded array of buoys to detect tsunamis received positive marks, expect Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) to correct what he called a deficiency in the Administration's proposal when the Science Committee drafts its bill.

31 Jan 2005

While there has been considerable attention devoted to the conclusion of the FY 2007 appropriations cycle on Capitol Hill, much less-publicized work is ongoing at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the preparation of the FY 2008 budget request. House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) sent a letter today to Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman urging the Bush Administration to “press forward” with the appropriate level of funding for the second year of the American Competitiveness Initiative in the FY 2008 request.

11 Dec 2006

One of the few areas of disagreement during the House Science Committee's markup of H.R. 5656, the Energy Research, Development, Demonstration and Commercial Application Act of 2006, was over a proposal to authorize a Department of Energy ARPA-E. The establishment of an Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy was recommended in the National Academy of Sciences report on American competitiveness, and is a component of S. 2917, the PACE - Energy Act which now awaits action on the Senate floor.

30 Aug 2006

As described in FYI #107, the House Science Committee has passed and sent to the floor H.R. 5656, the Energy Research, Development, Demonstration and Commercial Application Act of 2006. This legislation generally supports the Administration's goal for an advanced nuclear fuel cycle, but also demonstrates members' concerns that aspects of the plan "are not sufficiently developed for Congress to act upon."

30 Aug 2006

The House Science Committee has sent legislation to the full House that would authorize elements of President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative. H.R. 5656, the Energy Research, Development, Demonstration and Commercial Application Act of 2006, now awaits consideration by the full House.

30 Aug 2006

"We do not suffer from a lack of information here on Capitol Hill, but from a lack of ability to glean the knowledge and to gauge the validity, credibility, and usefulness of the large amounts of information and advice received on a daily basis." - Rep. Rush Holt

28 Aug 2006

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