House Science Committee

An April 13 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Space provided a
good indication of the battle brewing over space station funding.
Previous funding disputes over the station and the SSC could be
like a walk in the park compared to what lies in store this year
for space station funding.

15 Apr 1994

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) was a featured speaker at last
week's AAAS Colloquium on Science and Technology Policy.  He is
chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and
Space.  Some of his remarks follow:

14 Apr 1994

This week the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
revisited one of the most intractable problems facing science
funding: the earmarking of money by the appropriations committees.
During two days of hearings the committee received testimony from
administration officials and recipients of earmarked funds.  This
FYI covers the first day of the hearings.

23 Sep 1994

"You can't live in a dream world forever," warned House science
committee chairman George Brown (D-Cal.) at last Thursday's press
conference on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report,
"Reinventing NASA" (see FYI #48.)  The report highlights the
difficult choices which Congress will be making about NASA's
programs in the next six months leading up to the start of Fiscal
Year 1995.

30 Mar 1994

On February 20, Rep. George Brown (D-California), chairman of the
House science committee, spoke at the San Francisco meeting of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Brown
provided his views on this country's prospects for "Big Science and
International Cooperation."  Selected excerpts from his speech
follow.  (Note: in the interest of space, some paragraphs have been
combined, with combined paragraph breaks marked as //.)

4 Mar 1994

"The high energy physics program in the United States is at a
critical juncture."
     -- Roberto D. Peccei, Past Chairman of APS Division of      
        Particle and Fields

2 Feb 1994

Last Friday afternoon, House Science Committee Chairman Bob Walker
(R-PA) announced his intention to retire at the end of this
Congress (one year from now.)  In making this surprise
announcement, Walker said, "It is time for me to step aside and
allow someone else to take on the challenge of serving this
district in the Congress.  Since the first Continental Congress 220
years ago, the Pennsylvania Dutch seat has established a proud
tradition.  A part of that tradition is that no one has ever held

18 Dec 1995

The combative tenor of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s hearing on climate science was struck from the outset. Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) opened the hearing by decrying the Obama Administration’s push to regulate greenhouse gases and questioning whether the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) cast doubt on the integrity of climate science. Hall said:

20 May 2011

The House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a friendly hearing to oversee the work of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the federal government’s program to foster coordination and collaboration between the 25 agencies engaged in nanotechnology research. The witnesses represented many aspects of the nanotechnology industry and included the director of NNI, an academic researcher, and representatives of companies engaged in different applications of nanotechnology to consumer products.

10 May 2011

When Congress returns next week one of the major items on its agenda will be the initial drafting of the FY 2012 appropriations bills.  The House and Senate authorization and appropriations committees have held hearings to review the FY 2012 request, with other hearings to be scheduled.  Information on the Administration’s budget request and on selected S&T hearings is available here.

26 Apr 2011


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