House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

The Science Committee is the authorizing committee on the House side for most of the federal government's civilian science and technology policies and programs, particularly those related to physics. Its counterpart in the Senate is the Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space. Agencies under the House Science Committee's jurisdiction in the 106th Congress include the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIST, and the Department of Energy's non-military R&D programs.

8 Apr 1999

Chairman Sensenbrenner on the International Space Station House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) addressed the Indian Science Congress Association on January 4. His speech focused on international cooperation; selections relating to the International Space Station follow.

(Note that the first five paragraphs were provided in FYI #4; readers of this previous FYI may wish to start following ***********.)

14 Jan 1998

Chairman Sensenbrenner on the SSC, LHC, and ITER House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) addressed the Indian Science Congress Association on January 4. His speech focused on international cooperation; selections relating to the SSC, Large Hadron Collider and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor follow. Sensenbrenner's concerns regarding the LHC have been voiced before, and they were resolved, as he explains below, to his satisfaction. Notable are his statements on the LHC's "lessons learned" as they apply to ITER, found in the last paragraph.

14 Jan 1998

As the end of a rather somber year in science policy analysis
approaches, we offer the following column which appeared in the The
Washington Post on August 3.  It's lighthearted approach to the
usually serious business of communicating with Congress is our
contribution for the holiday season.  The message of these selected
portions of the column by Washington Post Staff Writer Guy
Gugliotta is worth remembering as we look to 1994.

Best wishes for the holidays from AIP!


20 Dec 1993

"It is difficult to claim that we engage in informed legislative
deliberation when we move legislation before Members have even had
a chance to see its contents." 
     --Rep. George Brown

10 Dec 1993

Indicative of the great interest there is in the early December
shuttle flight to repair the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was a
November 16 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Space.  As one of
NASA's planned great observatories, HST is seen, in the words of
subcommittee chairman Ralph M. Hall (D-Texas), as "a project that
became a symbol of a troubled space program." It is clear from the
hearing that the upcoming mission has the potential to renew
congressional optimism about NASA, with the reverse being equally

23 Nov 1993

Senator Jay Rockefeller's (D-West Virginia) first year as chairman
of the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space is
coming to an end.  As the replacement for now Vice President Al
Gore, Rockefeller has become one of the Senate's chief players in
the formation of science and technology policy.

15 Nov 1993

On October 28, the House Subcommittee on Science tackled what one
congressman described as "one of the thorniest issues in science
policy" -- the relationship between foreign corporations and
American research universities.  The two-hour hearing probably
raised more questions than it answered.

12 Nov 1993

"The SSC as we know it is dead.  It cannot be revived."
- Senator J. Bennett Johnston

In a decision which has surprised many in Washington, a
House-Senate conference committee has terminated the
Superconducting Super Collider.  This action seals the fate of the
collider: there is no possibility that the SSC will survive this
latest, and final, decision.

22 Oct 1993

In what has become a major test of wills, the House of
Representatives by a vote of nearly 2 to 1 has rejected the
conference bill containing $640 million in funding for the
Superconducting Super Collider.  Although this is by no means the
final chapter, the SSC is in trouble.

20 Oct 1993


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