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A report in last Sunday's New York Times about efforts by NASA officials to control the public pronouncements of James Hansen, director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (http://www.giss.nasa.gov/), has drawn considerable attention in the United States and abroad. It has also led to a letter from House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) to NASA Administrator Michael Griffin stating, "NASA is clearly doing something wrong, given the sense of intimidation felt by Dr.

31 Jan 2006

"I don't like it. I consider it to be unseemly in the extreme, and unwise strategically for the United States to be dependent on any other nation for any other thing. I could not be more clear on that. This is where we are, and I am doing the best I can to plot our course out of it. I did not get us into this position. . . . If you think I like it, you would be wrong."

7 Dec 2007

The Senate has completed its consideration of the FY 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, clearing the way for a final version of this bill to be written. Although the bill passed by a strong bipartisan vote of 75-19, its future is troubled by the promise of a presidential veto.

24 Oct 2007

With the return of the Senate this week, consideration will resume of its version of the FY 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. The bill will pass the Senate, clearing the way for a conference with House appropriators to write the final version of this "must pass" funding legislation. As it now stands, this conference report (or final bill) will be vetoed by President Bush.

15 Oct 2007

The Senate has started its consideration of the FY 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. During the first day of debate, the Senate agreed to add $1.0 billion to the NASA budget to restore funding that had been reallocated from the "Exploration Capabilities" and "Science, Aeronautics, and Exploration" accounts. Debate on the now $56 billion bill will continue when the Senate returns to Washington next week.

10 Oct 2007

There were only a few lines of commendation in a four page "Statement of Administration Policy" issued by the Office of Management and Budget on the House FY 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. The Administration criticized both the provisions of this legislation and its price tag, and warned, "if H.R. 3093 were presented to the President, he would veto the bill."

2 Aug 2007

The House of Representatives took parts of two days last week to consider the FY 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. Although numerous amendments were offered to the $53.8 billion bill, few changes were made to the bill's provisions pertaining to the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Attention now turns to the Senate floor, where consideration of this bill will await the Senate's return in September from its recess that starts on Friday.

1 Aug 2007

The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee recommends that NASA receive an 8.2 percent increase in its FY 2008 budget. Under this bill, now being considered on the House floor, NASA's science budget would increase 4.2 percent.

The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV); the Ranking Member is Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).

26 Jul 2007

A bill has been sent to the Senate that would increase the NASA budget by 7.2 percent in FY 2008. This legislation, S. 1745 provides funding for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is the chair of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee that wrote this bill; Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is the Ranking Member. The House has not released its version of this bill.

11 Jul 2007

"There is a spectacular future awaiting the United States in plasma science and engineering. But the national framework for plasma science must grow and adapt to new opportunities. Only then will the tremendous potential be realized." So argues a new report just released by the National Academies Plasma 2010 Committee, whose principal conclusion calls for a unified approach to the conduct and support of federal plasma science research in the United States.

5 Jun 2007

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