House Science Committee

A hearing last month of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee produced no surprises.  As expected, there was no evidence of any changes of opinion about the merits of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions.

31 Oct 2014

Hearing
       
In the past year, NASA's Mission to Planet Earth and its main
component, the Earth Observing System (EOS), were vulnerable
targets for budget cuts in the battle to reduce the federal
deficit.  Appropriators in the House proposed reducing Mission to
Planet Earth funding by $80 million from the Administration's FY
1996 request of $1.34 billion. (Due to the budget impasse between
Congress and the Administration, fiscal year 1996 funding for NASA
programs has not yet been finalized.)
       

15 Mar 1996

The Science Committee is the authorizing committee on the House
side for most of the federal government's civilian science and
technology policies and programs, particularly those relating to
physics.  Its counterpart in the Senate is the Commerce
Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space (see FYI #29.)

23 Feb 1996

The Science Committee is the authorizing committee on the House
side for most of the federal government's civilian science and
technology policies and programs, particularly those related to
physics.  Its counterpart in the Senate is the Commerce
Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space (see FYI #29.)

23 Feb 1996

In less than a month, the United States will participate in the global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan. Members of Congress have expressed keen interest in this meeting, and have held several hearings during the last month to voice their concerns about the U.S. position. The latest hearing was on November 13 before the House Committee on International Relations. The sole witness was Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Timothy E. Wirth. Wirth also testified at a House Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing earlier this month.

17 Nov 1997

The national goal of having U.S. students rank number one in the world in math and science by the year 2000, established by President Bush and continued by President Clinton in his "Goals 2000" program, has helped stimulate a number of attempts to assess and improve the nation's K-12 education.

28 Oct 1997

House Science Committee Vice Chairman Vern Ehlers (R-MI) continued his review of the nation's science research and education programs with an October 8 hearing. Three experts in the field of science education were invited to discuss the lessons learned from TIMMS, the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (see FYIs #159, 1996 and #84, 1997), which analyzed international achievement in math and science at several grade levels.

21 Oct 1997

"I believe that too often we present science as a static body of knowledge; science is fundamentally a mode of inquiry for exploring the universe." -- Rep. Vern Ehlers

25 Sep 1997

By September 30 of this year, federal agencies will be required to have detailed strategic plans and milestones for assessing their performance on a yearly basis. This requirement is the core of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, known as GPRA.

18 Aug 1997

The following text is a quote of House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner's (R-Wisconsin) remarks on June 25 regarding that morning's collision of an unmanned resupply vehicle with the Russian MIR space station, which is carrying one American astronaut and two cosmonauts.

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26 Jun 1997

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