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20 May 1993

At a jam-packed press conference this morning, House science
committee chairman George Brown (D-California) announced that "the
Freedom-derived Station is the only design I intend to support."
Although not a surprise because of his past support for the space
station, Brown's statement is significant.  One, he is clearly not
backing away from the station.  Two, Brown is signaling to the
administration his strong preferences about the design outcome he
wants.  Brown said that while he would not actively oppose a

19 May 1993

"There does not currently exist a statutory description of the
major research and development missions of the DOE laboratories.
At a time when the missions of the DOE labs are in a state of
considerable flux, we believe that Congress must come forth with
appropriate guidance."  -- Rep. George Brown

17 May 1993

As Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Jack
Gibbons is the Clinton Administration's point man for science and
technology issues.  In several recent appearances, Gibbons
discussed aspects of the White House's Technology Initiative.  As
keynote speaker at an April 15-16 science and technology colloquium
sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS), Gibbons presented an overview of President
Clinton's plans for science and technology and their role in

14 May 1993

Kevin F. Kelly, Clerk of the Senate VA, HUD Independent Agencies
Appropriations Subcommittee, addressed last month's AAAS Colloquium
on Science and Technology Policy.  Kelly is the top assistant to
Chairman Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland).  Prefacing his remarks that
the views expressed were his own, his speech offered some insights
on a subcommittee whose activities are largely conducted in
private.  Some of his comments follow:

13 May 1993

By the end of the week, the House Appropriations Committee should
have completed one of the most difficult parts of the FY 1994
budget process.  If all goes as planned, the chairmen of the House
VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and the
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee will know
how much money they have to divide among programs under their
jurisdictions.  It is this money that eventually finds its way into
NSF grants, NASA space science data analysis and DOE science

7 May 1993

On May 6, the House science subcommittee on space examined the
fiscal year 1994 budget request for NASA's Office of Mission to
Planet Earth.  This office, of which the Earth Observing System
(EOS) is the cornerstone, was split off from the Office of Space
Science and Applications during an internal NASA reorganization in

7 May 1993

"I am deadly serious," warned Senator J. Bennett Johnston
(D-Louisiana) about his intention to halt the DOE fusion program if
the White House does not indicate its full support of the
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).  Johnston,
chairman of the appropriations subcommittee handling the Department
of Energy's budget, and chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy
and Natural Resources authorizing DOE's programs, is in a position
to make good his intention.

30 Apr 1993

"I need your help to defend basic research," Will Happer testified
to the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations
Subcommittee this week.  Happer, Director of the Office of Energy
Research, (OER) appeared before the subcommittee on April 26.  This
subcommittee is instrumental in setting DOE's budget for fiscal
year 1994.

30 Apr 1993

On April 29, Wesley Huntress, NASA associate administrator for the
Office of Space Science, and Harry Holloway, associate
administrator for the new Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences
and Applications, testified before the House space subcommittee on
NASA's fiscal year 1994 budget request for space science.

29 Apr 1993

One of the most important events in this year's consideration of
the NASA FY 1994 budget request occurred this week with the
appearance of NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and his senior
staff before the House VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee.  This subcommittee, in conjunction with its Senate
counterpart, largely determines the funding for the space agency.


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