Senate Appropriations Committee

OSTP Director John Gibbons received a warm reception from Senator
Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) last week when he testified before
her Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent
Agencies.  This hearing provided a firsthand view of the
relationship between the administration's top science and
technology official and a key senator.

23 Mar 1994

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu had a good hearing last week before the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.  Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) expressed strong appreciation for the research performed by the Department of Energy.  While Chu was asked many questions about the department’s programs, some of which were critical in nature, no appropriator called for a reduction in the department’s FY 2012 budget request.  As is true for other S&T agencies, DOE’s FY 2012 appropriation is likely to be determined n

27 May 2011

Last week the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY 2012 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  Following an earlier House hearing senators focused their questions on securing nuclear materials, the manufacture of plutonium pits, and the construction of multi-billion dollar facilities.

11 May 2011

NSF Antarctic Program

Accompanying H.R. 2099, the VA, HUD, Independent Agencies
Appropriations Bill for FY 1996, is a Senate Appropriations
Committee report (104-140) with language on the National Science
Foundation.  Considerable attention was given to the U.S. Antarctic
Program.  The complete report language and background information
on this program follow:

APPROPRIATIONS REPORT LANGUAGE:

19 Sep 1995

Floor

Yesterday, the Senate passed H.R. 1905, the Energy and Water
Development Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1996.  The bill,
which makes appropriations for the Department of Energy, made its
way through the Senate appropriations process quickly.  The Senate
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee held its
mark-up of H.R. 1905 on July 25, the full Appropriations Committee
marked up the bill two days later, and floor consideration was
begun on July 31 and completed yesterday. 

2 Aug 1995

Floor

Yesterday, the Senate passed H.R. 1905, the Energy and Water
Development Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1996.  The bill,
which makes appropriations for the Department of Energy, made its
way through the Senate appropriations process quickly.  The Senate
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee held its
mark-up of H.R. 1905 on July 25, the full Appropriations Committee
marked up the bill two days later, and floor consideration was
begun on July 31 and completed yesterday. 

2 Aug 1995

Action Shifts to Conference Committee
                                                                
By a vote of 54 to 45 last night, the Senate refused to back a plan
which would have retained the functions of the Office of Technology
Assessment.  Coming during consideration of H.R. 1854, the
Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill for FY 1996, this action now
sets the stage for a critical conference committee meeting.

21 Jul 1995

In the 104th Congress, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
VA/HUD/Independent Agencies is chaired by Christopher Bond of
Missouri.  This subcommittee has control over the purse strings of
the National Science Foundation and NASA as well as housing and
veterans' programs.  Bond and his House counterpart, Jerry Lewis
(R-California) are key players in determining the fiscal year 1996
budgets for those agencies.

17 Feb 1995

Research

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved, on
July 16, differing versions of a fiscal year 1997 Energy and Water
Development bill (see FYI #109.)  Committee reports are available
for both the House and Senate bills.  Below is report language that
describes the committees' views and recommendations for the
Department of Energy's General Science and Research Activities,
which comprises High Energy and Nuclear Physics.  Please see
previous FYIs for report language on Fusion and Basic Energy
Sciences.

22 Jul 1996

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved, on
July 16, differing versions of a fiscal year 1997 Energy and Water
Development bill (see FYI #109.)  Committee reports are available
for both the House and Senate bills.  Below is report language that
describes the committees' views and recommendations for the
Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Program.  Please see
FYI #110 for report language on the Fusion program and FYI #112 for
language on General Science and Research Activities.

22 Jul 1996

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