House Science Committee

Last month the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved an oversight plan that will guide its activities in 2011 and 2012.  This fifteen-page plan provides insight into the committee’s future agenda.  The committee is chaired by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX); Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is the Ranking Member.  In releasing the plan, Chairman Hall stated:

9 Mar 2011

During last month’s floor consideration by the House of Representatives of H.R. 1, the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution, dozens of amendments were filed that would have profoundly impacted science funding beyond the cuts already included in the baseline bill. While many of these amendments were withdrawn without being voted on, several were debated and voted on by the full House.

9 Mar 2011

As explained in FYI #150, the House passed and sent to the Senate
H.R. 2405, the Omnibus Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1995.
The following remarks by House Science Committee Ranking Minority
Member George Brown (D-CA), House Science Chairman Robert Walker
(D-PA), and two other representatives, provide a sense of the range
of opinions expressed by the bill's proponents and opponents:

GEORGE BROWN:

27 Oct 1995

The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a massive
science authorization bill on October 11-13.  While it is uncertain
what will ultimately become of this legislation, it is notable on
several counts, not the least of which is in its efforts to broadly
set science policy and funding priorities.

4 Oct 1995

Two days before the House of Representatives recessed for the
remainder of August, House Science Committee Chairman Robert Walker
(R-PA) called a press briefing to summarize his committee's
accomplishments so far in the 104th Congress and preview plans for
the rest of the year.

9 Aug 1995

"It tells NASA and the world that the space station is the highest
priority in terms of funding."  -- Rep. James Sensenbrenner

One day before NASA's space shuttle performed its historic link-up
in space with the Russian MIR, the House Science Committee passed
legislation authorizing funding through completion of the
international space station project.  The bill, H.R. 1601, was
debated by the committee on June 28, along with a series of other
authorization bills.

30 Jun 1995

What was scheduled to take only a few hours on Tuesday turned into
a battle that was waged over parts of three days this week as the
full House Science Committee struggled to complete its work on H.R.
1816, the Department of Energy Civilian R&D Authorization Act of
1995.  This mark up was notable for what seemed at times to
approach almost open warfare between committee Republicans and
Democrats.  Lost in the process was the committee's bipartisan
tradition, with other losses still to be tallied. 

23 Jun 1995

What was scheduled to take only a hour or two last Thursday morning
ended up taking the entire day as the House Subcommittee on Energy
and Environment completed its work on the Department of Energy
Civilian Research and Development Act of 1995.  Rep. Dana
Rohrabacher (R-CA), sitting in the chairman's seat for the first
time, guided this mark up in a firm but friendly manner that was
characterized by renewed strains of bipartisanism.

12 Jun 1995

In what House space subcommittee chair James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
called "an extremely healthy sign" for the space station, the
subcommittee on Wednesday voted down, by 18-3, an amendment to
cancel the program.  The amendment was offered during the mark-up
of H.R. 1601, a multi-year authorization bill for the program.  The
bill (if it makes its way through the rest of the legislative
process) would authorize the space station program through
completion of its assembly.  Authorizing legislation, while

9 Jun 1995

Over the next five months, committees in the House and Senate will
draft legislation of major importance to the physics and astronomy
community.  This FYI and FYI #70 provide a brief background on the
two kinds of bills to watch, and list the key players in this
process.

APPROPRIATIONS BILLS

Appropriations bills provide the money for a program or agency.
They must be passed every year.  In theory as well as practice,
every federal department or agency must have an appropriations bill
to provide its funding.

19 May 1995

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