Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has advanced a NASA authorization bill that focuses on space exploration and seeks to ensure stability at the space agency through the upcoming presidential transition. Unlike the House-passed NASA authorization bill, the Senate bill has only a few provisions specific to NASA’s science divisions.

3 Oct 2016

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and NASA held an event this week to explain the rationale for the administration’s proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission. Congress has been skeptical about the mission's value, and this skepticism was further confirmed in a new Senate NASA reauthorization bill released yesterday.

16 Sep 2016

Today, the Senate Commerce Committee approved the "American Innovation and Competitiveness Act" after amending it to authorize a four percent funding increase for NSF and NIST. However, a push to identify offsets for these increases may delay or derail passage of the bill by the Senate.

29 Jun 2016

The Senate’s bipartisan bill, released today, differs significantly from the House-passed America COMPETES bill, dropping the COMPETES name altogether and striking a different tone on scientific merit review.

23 Jun 2016

After declining to take up the contentious America COMPETES bill which the House passed narrowly last spring, the Senate appears close to releasing its bipartisan take on the bill.

27 May 2016

With numerous charts on hand, Senator Cruz hosts a heated hearing in which he dismisses the conclusions of mainstream climate science as the product of politically-motivated dogma and provides a platform for skeptics to air their views.

15 Jan 2016

Senators Cory Gardner and Gary Peters, in charge of drafting the Senate version of the America COMPETES bill, are seeking further input from the science community on STEM education/workforce issues and research commercialization and technology transfer,

23 Oct 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation announced plans yesterday to develop a reauthorization bill for the America COMPETES Act.  In contrast to counterpart legislation written  by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, the announcement discussed the Senate committee’s intention that “seeks a bipartisan path” in crafting the legislation, and is actively requesting input from “members of the public and interested groups.”

9 Jul 2015

At full committee markups held on May 20 and June 25, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved two bills that aim to improve weather research, satellites, and services, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in collaboration with the broader national weather enterprise.  The two bills - S. 1331, the “Seasonal Forecasting Improvement Act of 2015,” which is co-sponsored by Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), and S.

2 Jul 2015

Appropriators are some of the most powerful Members of Congress
because they control the purse strings of federal programs.  In the
104th Congress, Senator Phil Gramm of Texas chairs the Senate
Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and
Judiciary.  This subcommittee funds, among other programs, the
Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and
Technology.  Gramm replaces Senator Ernest Hollings of South
Carolina as subcommittee chairman.

Subcommittee Roster:

2 Nov 1995


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