House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

25 Feb 2016

The priorities of the committee majority in 2016 include continued focus on transparency and accountability of federal research, directorate-level funding for the National Science Foundation, and sustained funding for NASA space missions. Alternatively, the committee’s minority members are prioritizing an overall increase in and stability for federal research and development funding.

24 Feb 2016

The House voted mostly along party lines to approve a bill sponsored by House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith that aims to bring National Science Foundation research in line with the “national interest,” but the bill faces strong opposition from the White House and many House Democrats, including committee ranking member Eddie Bernice Johnson.

9 Feb 2016

The House is poised to consider stand-alone legislation sponsored by House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith that would require recipients of National Science Foundation grant funding to justify research as “in the national interest,” based on a definition related to NSF’s mission and founding charter.

28 Jan 2016

In a wide-ranging conversation, a panel of science policy makers and scholars attempt to diagnose why both politicians and the public disagree on scientific issues.

 
25 Nov 2015

NASA released a unifying vision to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. While the goal has support in Congress and from the White House, securing adequate sustained funding through the next two decades and managing the inherent risks involved in human travel to deep space remain considerable barriers to NASA’s goal.

10 Nov 2015

Citing the confidentiality of deliberative scientific discussions, NOAA is refusing repeated requests from the chairman of the House Science Committee for all internal staff communications related to a major climate science study published this summer that called into question the so-called global warming hiatus and suggested the pace of Earth’s warming is now as swift as ever.

 
22 Oct 2015

During a House Science Committee meeting to discuss a bill to require the NSF to certify all awards as being in the national interest, committee members expressed significant differences in opinion regarding the process and criteria the government should use in deciding what research it funds.

 
15 Oct 2015

A note to readers:  I will be retiring from the American Institute of Physics tomorrow.  Michael Henry will continue to write FYI.  I appreciate all of the support that AIP and FYI’s readers have provided during the last 26 years. – Richard Jones

A recurring theme of congressional hearings on NASA is the difficulty posed by constrained and uncertain budgets on the development of new programs.  This point was reiterated during an October 9 hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space.

 
8 Oct 2015

President Obama yesterday signed into law the STEM Education Act of 2015.

 
8 Oct 2015

“A most enjoyable hearing” was how House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) characterized a hearing titled “Astrobiology and the Search for Life Beyond Earth in the Next Decade.”  Smith was not alone, with another committee member saying that the testimony of the four witnesses had “really been wonderful.”

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