House Science Committee

“Today, with the selection of Boeing and SpaceX to be the first American companies to launch our astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has set the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of human space flight.”  So wrote NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a September 16 posting on the agency’s website about the selection of two private contractors to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017.

17 Sep 2014

Eighteen of the nineteen Democrats on the House Science Committee have signed a hard-hitting analysis of the Bush Administration's FY 2005 request for civilian science and technology programs. The seven page document, entitled "Additional Democratic Views and Estimates on the FY2005 Budget for Civilian Science and Technology Programs," was signed by all the committee's Democrats except Rep. Brian Baird (D- WA). No Republican members of the Science Committee endorsed these Additional Views.

12 Mar 2004

On March 4, the House Science Committee released a 14-page review of President Bush's FY 2005 request for key science and technology programs. These "Views and Estimates"are intended to guide the House Budget Committee, and Congress more generally, in making funding decisions for the fiscal year that starts on October1.

8 Mar 2004

House Research Subcommittee Chairman Nick Smith (R-MI) summarized many of the views of his colleagues on the House Science Committee at a hearing last week on the relatively new security procedures surrounding the issuance of visas to visiting students and scholars. Said Smith, "This hearing is not a forum to pit the interests of science against the interests of security. Rather, our task is to eliminate bureaucratic inefficiencies in the existing security system that compromise our nation's ability to attract promising scientists and engineers."

1 Mar 2004

"It's impossible to seriously view this as a good budget for science," House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) declared at a February 11 hearing on the Administration's FY 2005 S&T request. Boehlert's comments aptly summarize the sentiments of his colleagues on the committee, regardless of what side of the aisle they sit on.

18 Feb 2004

A House Science Committee hearing earlier this month had two bottom lines: support by committee members for NASA's return to the moon and an eventual manned mission to Mars, and worry that the Administration's projected budget for the agency will not get the job done. Said committee chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY): "while NASA may have relatively smooth sailing right now, we ignore the clouds on the horizon at our own peril. . . . There is simply not enough money in NASA's budget to carry out all of the tasks it is undertaking on the current schedule. That's a fact."

29 Nov 2005

As reported in FYI #147, the House passed the Manufacturing Technology Competitiveness Act (H.R. 250) on September 21. The bill calls for several new grant programs and fellowships to improve manufacturing, as well as an interagency committee to coordinate federal programs in manufacturing R&D. It would authorize most NIST programs, but not the Advanced Technology Program (ATP), which the Bush Administration has targeted for elimination.

10 Oct 2005

Earlier this month, David Goldston, Chief of Majority Staff for the House Science Committee, offered his views on several issues of interest to the physical sciences community. They included:

FUSION/ITER FUNDING:

27 Sep 2005

"Today we are challenged as at no time in the past by other nations eager to succeed. I wish them every success except the kind that comes at our own expense." - William Brody, Johns Hopkins University

16 Aug 2005

“Will NASA be able to fly the SLS [Space Launch System] for Exploration Mission-1 in calendar year 2017?” asked House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Subcommittee on Space Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) in an August 27 letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.   Their letter came on the day NASA officials announced that an important management review of the smallest version of the rocket system had set the initial flight “no later than November 2018.”

12 Sep 2014

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