Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

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

Among Senate authorizing committees, one of the most important to
the science community is the Subcommittee on Science, Technology,
and Space of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Committee.  Authorizing committees can approve, but not provide
funds for, programs under their jurisdiction.  Under Senator Jay
Rockefeller (D-WV) and, prior to that, under then-Senator Al Gore
(D-TN), the subcommittee considered numerous science and technology
issues, including research on global warming, the space program,

31 Jan 1995

On December 10, the Commerce Department's Under Secretary for Technology, Mary
Good, spoke before an appreciative audience at a University of Maryland
Physics Department colloquium.  Speaking from a wealth of experience in all
three sectors, Good addressed how government, industry and academia in the
U.S. should prepare to meet the technological challenges of the next century.
This country has "everything we need" to lead in the twenty-first century, she
announced: "It is ours to lose."

20 Dec 1996

When the 105th Congress convenes on January 7, a number of key
representatives who have played significant roles in the
formulation of science policy and funding will not be returning.
Five will be retiring; others lost their re-election bid.  Here is
what we know, and do not yet know:

APPROPRIATIONS

Energy and Water Development:

Retiring - Chairman John Myers (R-IN), Ranking Member Tom Bevill
(D-AL),  Jim Chapman (D-TX; defeated in Senate primary race)

Defeated - ?

8 Nov 1996

When the 105th Congress convenes on January 7, three key senators
who have played significant roles in the formulation of science
policy and funding will not be returning.  Two are retiring; one
lost his re-election bid.  Here is what we now know:

APPROPRIATIONS

Energy and Water Development:

Retiring - Ranking Member J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA), Mark
Hatfield (R-OR)

Defeated - (None)

VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies:

Retiring - J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA)

Defeated - (None)

6 Nov 1996

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