House Science Committee

It is this Committee's foster a dialogue between the science community and the American people."
--House Science Committee Chair James Sensenbrenner

14 Feb 1997

“On the basis of the most optimistic appraisal of progress, the current review work is 5% complete, which implies that this oversight initiative will span at least 12 months,” wrote House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) in an August 27 letter to National Science Foundation Director France Cordova.   Smith’s prediction, coming at the end of this five page letter, provides a clear signal that the controversy about NSF’s funding of grants will continue well into 2015.

17 Oct 2014

At an October 7 hearing on the International Space Station (ISS), House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) vented his frustration at the Administration's one-step-at-a-time strategy to deal with the Russian Space Agency's (RSA) inability to fulfill its commitments. Complaining that NASA had ignored years of congressional warnings to rectify its dependence on Russia, Sensenbrenner criticized a recent NASA proposal to help RSA with its obligations by sending $60 million to Russia (see FYI #145).

22 Oct 1998

Five days after his confirmation, the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jacob Lew, found himself in the hot seat at an August 5 House Science Committee hearing on problems with the International Space Station. Committee members challenged the Administration's optimistic, "wait-and-see" attitude toward Russia's fulfillment of its commitments, and the focus on only the most immediate problems.

13 Aug 1998

On June 24, the House Science Committee held another hearing on the International Space Station. This hearing, like others before it, found committee members unhappy about the current situation, yet determined to continue ahead. While still concerned about Russia's shortfall, attention is moving to how the federal government will finance a predicted deficit.

30 Jun 1998

The importance of international scientific partnerships dominated a speech by House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on June 11 to the U.S.-Korea Science Policy Forum. Portions of his address, touching on international cooperation, the SSC, LHC, ITER, space station, and science budget and policy formulation, follow:

17 Jun 1998

House Science Committee Vice Chairman Vern Ehlers (R-MI) wrapped up the hearings phase of his National Science Policy Study on June 10, with the seventh and final hearing. Ehlers expects next month to have completed a draft of a "new, sensible, coherent long-range science and technology policy." Previous hearings have covered how to improve K-12 science education and graduate education, government-academia-industry scientific partnerships and international collaborations, the federal role in funding basic research, and communicating science to the public.

16 Jun 1998

The House Science Committee held a 2 1/2 hour hearing last week to get an update on the International Space Station (ISS). As expected, committee members did not like what they heard, and, probably, the witnesses did not like what they had to report. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, the outlook suggests no major change in course -- at least, not yet.

12 May 1998

House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) is not a happy man -- in his words, he is frustrated. The source of his frustration is the International Space Station, as explained in an April 23, 1998 address to the Space Transportation Association. Selections from his lengthy speech follow:

29 Apr 1998

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 #68.) Agencies under the House Science Committee's jurisdiction in the 105th Congress include the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIST, and the Department of Energy's non-military R&D programs.

17 Apr 1998


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