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3 Aug 1993

"By damn, we want it done now," said clearly frustrated Senator
Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho), referring to the long-running search for
a permanent solution to the Department of Energy's nuclear waste
storage problem.  The harsh criticism by the members of the Senate
Energy and Natural Resources Committee at a July 29 committee
hearing provides ample evidence that DOE's Environmental
Restoration and Waste Management Program is under the gun.

29 Jul 1993

Senate activity on the collider will pick-up next week with an
August 4 hearing on the project before Senator J. Bennett
Johnston's (D-Louisiana) Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Johnston, a firm SSC supporter, will no doubt use this hearing to
build support for the collider.  Look for a Senate floor vote on
SSC funding after Congress returns on September 8.

28 Jul 1993

As the designated helpmate of US industry, the National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been in the congressional
spotlight several times in recent weeks.  Last week, the House
Science Subcommittee on Technology, Environment and Aviation
reviewed NIST's role in helping the defense industry to diversify
(see FYI #99.)  On Monday, a field hearing at the NIST campus in
Gaithersburg, Maryland, brought members of the subcommittee out to
hear NIST's plans for the large budget increase President Clinton

23 Jul 1993


23 Jul 1993

Defense conversion was the topic of a July 20 hearing by the House
Science Subcommittee on Technology, Environment and Aviation.  The
hearing focused on efforts by the Advanced Research Projects Agency
(ARPA) and the Department of Commerce's National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) to help defense-based industries
develop dual-use technologies and diversify into the commercial
marketplace.  Members of industry and regional coalitions also
described their activities to shift from defense-based to
commercial economies.

23 Jul 1993

"It is my opinion that academic earmarking has proliferated to the
extent that the pork has turned rotten."
                   - House science committee chairman George Brown

15 Jul 1993

The twenty-five members of the National Science Board comprise the
policy-making body of the National Science Foundation.  As
explained by its chairman, James J. Duderstadt, in congressional
testimony earlier this year, "The National Science Board is
responsible for articulating positions on matters of national
science policy as well as providing guidance in the ongoing
development of science policy as it is expressed through the
various programs at the National Science Foundation."

15 Jul 1993

With most attention focused on the appropriations legislation
funding the National Science Foundation next year, less noticed has
been given to the reauthorization legislation for the NSF.  During
the last few months the House Subcommittee on Science has held two
hearings on this legislation to solicit views about the agency.

15 Jul 1993

President Clinton has nominated Neal Lane, an atomic physicist and
Provost of Rice University, to be director of the National Science
Foundation.  In announcing the nomination on July 13, Clinton said,
". . . the National Science Foundation fuels the engine of
creativity that helps us to increase our economic potential and our
base of knowledge.  Neal Lane, with his considerable experience as
a scientist and administrator, will provide the leadership
necessary to foster the great talent, ingenuity, and potential of

13 Jul 1993

On June 28, during consideration of the fiscal year 1994 VA/HUD
appropriations bill, the House of Representatives rejected by a
vote of 196-220 an amendment to terminate funding for the space
station (see FYI #91).  Below are selected quotes from the floor
debate on the amendment:       


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