House Science Committee

“Fusion energy is the sort of high-risk, high-reward research that will benefit future generations if we are bold enough to pursue it,” said House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) at a recent hearing on the ITER fusion program.  Contrasting with the tenor of reports about the governance and construction management of the high profile fusion science project, the ninety minute hearing focusing on ITER was upbeat with strong support voiced by both Republicans and Democrats.

25 Jul 2014

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House.

18 Jul 2014

The  House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has passed a bill requiring  the disclosure of peer reviewers.  H.R.  3433, the “Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011” or the GRANT Act   was introduced by Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) on November 16, and was passed by  the committee the next day.  Lankford is  the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy,  Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform.  Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is an  original cosponsor.

2 Dec 2011

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The  House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has held a series of hearings this  fall about the new direction that NASA is taking in its human spaceflight  program.  A common theme in all three  hearings has been varying degrees of skepticism about the new approach the  program is taking.

11 Nov 2011

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NASA’s  successful launch of a next generation Earth-observing satellite late last  month is a significant milestone in a program to replace America’s aging system  of weather satellites.  But there are  major problems that continue to face this program that were discussed at a  joint hearing by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee  earlier this fall.

7 Nov 2011

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With its deadline only about  a month away to craft a plan to reduce the federal deficit by at least $1.2  trillion dollars over ten years, the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction has  been receiving much advice about what it should do.  Among those writing to the committee, in  separate letters, were the top Republican and Democrat on the House Science,  Space and Technology Committee.

20 Oct 2011

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Yesterday two members of the  House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a roundtable event to hear  from twelve physicists about the feasibility of a proposed Department of Energy  underground high energy physics facility.   Among those participating in this roundtable at Fermi National  Accelerator Laboratory was American Physical Society Vice President Michael Turner.

29 Sep 2011

“In  exercising its oversight role, this Subcommittee must ensure that federal  dollars are being spent on the best science.” – Chairman Mo Brooks

7 Sep 2011

The  essence of last month’s hearing by the House Science, Space, and Technology  Committee on the status of NASA’s future Space Launch System [SLS] can be  summarized in a few words.  Said  Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX): “General Bolden, the fact that we do not  have a final decision on the SLS and the supporting documents that the  [hearing] invitation letter requested represents an insult to Congress.”   Replied NASA Administrator Charles Bolden:  “We cannot rush a critical decision that will drive NASA’s activities for  several decades,” later adding: “I wan

3 Aug 2011

The  House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a divisive hearing recently  to examine the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposal  to create a Climate Service. Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) opened the hearing by  noting his “irritation” with the lead witness, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco,  whose written testimony was delivered to the Committee late. Said Hall, “The Committee invited NOAA more than three  weeks ago. It is truly appalling that this testimony was 26 hours late and is  27 pages.”

30 Jun 2011


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