Senate Commerce, Science, Transportation Committee

"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

Last Thursday, after many weeks of delay, the Senate leadership succeeded in clearing the way for the full Senate to consider the FY 2011 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  By a vote of 71 to 28, the Senate passed this bill and appointed its conferees to a House-Senate conference that will write the final version of H.R.

12 Nov 2009

With a vote of 80 to 17, the Senate voted yesterday to send the FY 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill to President Obama.  This action follows approval of this final legislation by the full House on a 308 to 114 vote on October 1.

The bill increases the budget for the DOE Office of Science by 3.1 percent or $146.1 million, with program increases ranging from 0.5 to 6.8 percent. Funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration increased by 7.3 percent.

16 Oct 2009

A twelve-page Summary Report by the “Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee”is certain to attract the notice of  Capitol Hill, the Administration, and the science and space communities.  In carefully considered language, the summary states:

“In fact, the Committee finds that no plan compatible with the FY 2010 budget profile permits human exploration to continue in any meaningful way.”

11 Sep 2009

Yesterday’s afternoon hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee offered limited time for committee members to question Charles F. Bolden who has been nominated to be the new NASA Administrator, and Lori Garver as NASA’s Deputy Administrator.  The hearing demonstrated strong bipartisan support for both nominees, and their confirmation by the full Senate seems assured.

9 Jul 2009

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) stated it well: “Either the nation is going to have to give NASA enough funding to meet the dual challenges of carrying out its current and planned missions and of revitalizing the agency’s human and physical capital, or the nation is going to have to agree on what it wants NASA to cut.”Acting for the nation at large, it will be the members of  the House and Senate who will make these decisions.  That process began this morning when the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its versi

4 Jun 2009


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