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13 Jan 1998

PRESIDENT CLINTON ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: The President's January 10 Radio Address focused on science and technology, with particular attention to human cloning. On the broader issue of federal support for science he stated: "For five years I have maintained our nation's solid commitment to scientific research and technological development, because I believe they're essential to our nation's economic growth and to building the right kind of bridge to the 21st century. The balanced budget I will submit in just a few weeks to Congress reflects that continued commitment.

9 Jan 1998

In a little more than three weeks, President Clinton sends his FY 1999 budget request to Congress. This will be a year unlike any since 1971, as the President's proposed budget will balance. Remarkably, there is talk of future budget surpluses. These developments set a new climate for science and technology spending for the fiscal year starting on October 1.

13 Dec 1993

Although President Clinton's fiscal year 1995 budget request is
still being formulated, there are renewed indications that changes
are in the offing for both the National Science Foundation and
NASA.  Recent correspondence from the chairs of the House and
Senate VA, HUD appropriations subcommittees indicates that both
agencies will be operating under, in varying degrees, changed
circumstances in coming years.

3 Dec 1993

One of the major recommendations of Vice President Gore's National
Performance Review (see FYI #151) was implemented on November 23,
when President Clinton announced the formation of the National
Science and Technology Council (NSTC).  The cabinet-level Council
is intended to integrate the President's science and technology
policy across the federal government, and ensure consideration of
such issues in all federal policies and programs.  Clinton himself
will chair the Council, and the membership will comprise Vice

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

18 Jun 1993

Yesterday, President Clinton announced his decision on the fate of
the space station, and the winner was:  Option A.  The President
stated, "There is no doubt that we are facing difficult budget
decisions.  However, we can not retreat from our obligation to
invest in our future. . . I believe strongly that NASA and the
space station program represent important investments in that
future, and that these investments will yield benefits in medical
research, aerospace and other critical technologies.  As well, the

17 Jun 1993

In a conference call this afternoon with twelve Texan Democrats in
the House, Vice President Al Gore expressed the Clinton
Administration's "very strong support" for the Superconducting
Super Collider.  This call follows a letter from President Clinton
to the House Appropriations Committee this morning reaffirming the
administration's support for the project.

11 Jun 1993

In a decision that could set the stage for a collision between the
Clinton Administration and congressional backers of the space
station, it was reported today that an influential panel recommends
that NASA turn away from the Space Station Freedom design.

11 Jun 1993

By the time this FYI is read, the three redesign options for the
space station will be in the hands of President Clinton.  After
several intense months of redesign work at Clinton's request, on
Monday, June 7, NASA presented the final details of the three
options and their estimated costs to Clinton's "Blue Ribbon Panel,"
or, more formally, the Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the
Space Station.  It was the job of the committee, headed by MIT
President Charles Vest, to evaluate the options and pass their

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


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