NASA

How should the federal government's research agencies respond to
projected significant reductions in nondefense R&D spending through
FY 2002?  This was the major question asked of NSF Director Neal
Lane, NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin, and DOE Office of Energy
Research Director Martha Krebs at a House Science Committee hearing
in late July.  The day before, the committee received testimony
from Al Teich of AAAS and Congressional Budget Office Deputy
Director James Blum (see FYI #130.)

13 Sep 1996

Within the next few days a handful of representatives and
senators will determine next year's budgets for the National
Science Foundation and NASA.  In a race against a contingent
stop-gap funding bill, members of the House and Senate VA, HUD,
and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees soon will
meet to hammer out the final version of H.R. 3666, the VA, HUD,
and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 1997.  This
final version, called the conference report, will go back to the

6 Sep 1996

On July 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved H.R. 3666,
the VA/HUD/ Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 1997
(see FYI #105.)  Accompanying the bill is a committee report (Sen.
Report 104-318), which provides the Committee's guidance to the
agencies funded by the bill.  Below are selected quotations from
the provisions relating to NASA.  Provisions relating to NSF will
be covered in FYI #108.

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

18 Jul 1996

On May 30, with much partisan rhetoric and rancorous debate, the
House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing many of the
federal government's science programs.  If enacted, the "Omnibus
Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1996" (H.R. 3322) would set
FY 1997 priorities and funding caps for NSF, NASA, NIST's in-house
laboratories, NOAA, EPA's R&D programs, and others.  It did not
contain provisions for DOE R&D programs.

11 Jun 1996

During the next few weeks, the House will consider FY 1997 funding
bills for the National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of
Energy, and NIST.  One of the best ways to predict how a Member of
Congress might vote on any issue is by examining his or her voting
record.  In 1995, Members of the House of Representatives were
given the opportunity to reduce NSF and NASA spending in order to
increase the Department of Veterans Administration appropriation.

30 May 1996

NASA and its Mission to Planet Earth program received praise and
support in two May 16 Senate hearings.  An authorization hearing of
the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space
was chaired by Conrad Burns (R-MT), a self-proclaimed "natural
resources type of person" who stated, "we should know as much about
our planet as we possibly can."  Burns' hearing featured an
impressive show-and-tell demonstration of remote sensing data
available on the Internet, with a broad variety of applications:

17 May 1996

Almost seven months after the start of the new fiscal year the
President and Congress have - at last - agreed on final FY 1996
appropriations.  Today, President Clinton will sign an
appropriations measure (H.R. 3019) that includes funding for the
National Science Foundation, NASA, and NIST, along with many other
federal departments and agencies. 

26 Apr 1996

NASA's FY 1997 budget request, its restructuring to save costs, and
the status of the space station program were the subjects of
several recent hearings on Capitol Hill.  On March 20, the House
VA/HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, which drafts NASA's funding
legislation, reviewed the agency's programs and budget request for
the coming fiscal year.  The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on
Science, Technology and Space heard, on March 26, about financial
delays to the Russian component of the space station project.  On

3 Apr 1996

"We asked for stable funding through FY 1997, and that's exactly
what the President's budget gives us."  -- NASA Administrator
Daniel Goldin

22 Mar 1996

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