Senate Commerce, Science, Transportation Committee

In the Senate, most authorizing legislation for physics-related programs is drafted by the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space of the Senate Commerce Committee. While in the Senate, this subcommittee has jurisdiction over most of the federal civilian science and technology programs, its counterpart in the House is a full committee, the Science Committee. The House Science Committee has four separate subcommittees to oversee different areas of science and technology, which will be described in future FYIs.

14 Mar 1997

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the Department of Commerce. Within the Commerce Department are the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.) Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 105th session of Congress. Included with each subcommittee member's name is a web site. Information on rosters comes from the Congressional Quarterly's Washington Alert.

3 Feb 1997

 NOMINATIONS: The Senate Commerce Committee on July 9 voted to recommend Senate confirmation of Neal Lane as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. (The committee also approved the nomination of Rosina Bierbaum to be an OSTP Associate Director.) The Senate has already confirmed Rita Colwell to be Lane's successor as Director of NSF, but it is not certain that Lane's confirmation will take place this year so that he can move on to OSTP and make room for Colwell at NSF.

22 Jul 1998

In the Senate, most authorizing legislation for physics-related programs is drafted by the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space of the Senate Commerce Committee. While in the Senate, this subcommittee has jurisdiction over most of the federal civilian science and technology programs, its counterpart in the House is a full committee, the Science Committee. The House Science Committee has four separate subcommittees to oversee different areas of science and technology, which will be described in future FYIs.

17 Apr 1998

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the Department of Commerce. Within the Commerce Department are the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.) Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the second session of the 105th Congress.

17 Apr 1998

"I am especially concerned that we build our path to the future without short-changing the investment we have made in the exploration tools we already have in hand." - Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

6 May 2005

A two-hour hearing yesterday of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on a tsunami warning bill makes it clear that Congress and the Bush Administration are going to strengthen the nation's warning system against this natural disaster. Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Committee Co-Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) are sponsors of S. 50, The Tsunami Preparedness Act of 2005, and are likely to put it on a fast track.

3 Feb 2005

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) has sent a letter to his Senate colleagues asking them to sign a letter to Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), asking them to provide $5.99 billion to the National Science Foundation in FY 2007.

The deadline for signatures for this letter is Monday, January 22. Constituents wanting to contact their senators’ offices to alert them to this letter can reach the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121.

19 Aug 2006

As noted in FYI #69, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its draft of the FY 2009 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. This bill is now pending on the Senate floor. This $57.9 billion bill includes funding for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and NASA.

26 Jun 2008

Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez testified before the Senate Commerce,   Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee on March 6. While the programs   of the National Institute of Standards and Technology received some notice in   this hearing, other programs of the Commerce Department received considerably   greater, and more critical, attention.

18 Mar 2008

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