10 Sep 1993

By a vote of 25-0 yesterday, the full Senate Appropriations
Committee sent to the floor its version of H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD,
Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.
Although the all-important committee report containing funding
instructions and recommendations for NSF and NASA (and all the
other agencies under this bill's jurisdiction) will not be
available until next week, the following is known:


28 Jun 1993

Today, the full House will vote on H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD and
Independent Agencies Bill for fiscal year 1994.  The bill was
approved by the House Appropriations Committee on June 22, and is
accompanied by a report spelling out the Committee's
recommendations on spending.  This FYI provides selected
information from the NASA portion of the report.

2 Jun 1993

The first solid indication about the general outlines of the fiscal
year 1994 National Science Foundation and NASA budgets was provided
on May 27 by the House VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee.  The subcommittee marked-up (or drafted) its version
of the fiscal year 1994 spending bill.  This $68.31 billion
legislation will be considered by the full House Appropriations
Committee after the Congress returns next week; action by the
entire House should occur shortly thereafter.

The following is known about this bill:

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

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.

23 Apr 1993

At a meeting last week of the Space Science Working Group, Dr.
Lennard Fisk, Chief Scientist for NASA, Jack Fellows, of the Office
of Management and Budget, and Dr. George Withbroe, Director of
NASA's Space Physics Division, discussed the FY 1994 NASA budget
request and its implications on space science.

21 Apr 1993

The fiscal year 1994 budget request for NASA is $15.265 billion, an
increase of $934.6 million, or 6.5%, above the 1993 appropriation
of $14.330 billion.  Within this first budget request developed
under NASA administrator Daniel Goldin, the emphasis has changed
and some details remain unresolved.  At the agency's budget
briefing, Goldin echoed Clinton's mantra for change and increased
investment in new technologies.  Saying that NASA was "too much
into human space flight," Goldin has proposed increased funding for

19 Mar 1993

As NASA gears up for another attempt at redesigning Space Station
Freedom (see FYIs #30 and #31), some in Congress are wondering
whether the space agency has learned any lessons from a number of
costly mistakes in its past.  Louis Stokes (D-Ohio), the new
chairman of the House appropriations VA/HUD subcommittee, held a
March 17 hearing to examine unanticipated cost growth in a variety
of projects, including the space toilet, the advanced turbo pump
for the shuttle, and the Mars Observer, as well as the space


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