House Science Committee

Several key members of the House Science Committee have asked the General Accounting Office (GAO) for an update on efforts to improve the visa processing system for foreign scientists and students. In February, the GAO published a report which identified delays and inefficiencies in the process, and made recommendations to the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and FBI for how the process could be improved.

24 Jun 2004

On March 24, Rep. Judy Biggert's (R-IL) energy subcommittee of the House Science Committee reviewed the FY 2005 budget plans for R&D programs within the Department of Energy. Biggert voiced her displeasure with the FY 2005 request for the Office of Science, saying that Congress had clearly indicated its support for stronger funding by authorizing substantially higher amounts in both the House- and Senate-passed versions of the energy bill and by providing more than the President requested in FY 2004.

31 Mar 2004

Recommendations made in a report issued by the American Physical Society about the Bush Administration's Hydrogen Initiative were favorably received by the chairman of the House Science Committee at a recent hearing. "Given the large performance gaps, basic science is critical to the ultimate success of the Hydrogen Initiative," the 15-page report concludes.

19 Mar 2004

House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) was the keynote speaker today at a workshop for the future National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Boehlert's remarks at this workshop, as they are at hearings, were to the point, and concerned a constant problem in Washington: money. This year that problem is greater than it has been in a long time, so Boehlert's words are particularly important. Selections follow:

15 Mar 2004

“Today, with the selection of Boeing and SpaceX to be the first American companies to launch our astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has set the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of human space flight.”  So wrote NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a September 16 posting on the agency’s website about the selection of two private contractors to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017.

17 Sep 2014

Eighteen of the nineteen Democrats on the House Science Committee have signed a hard-hitting analysis of the Bush Administration's FY 2005 request for civilian science and technology programs. The seven page document, entitled "Additional Democratic Views and Estimates on the FY2005 Budget for Civilian Science and Technology Programs," was signed by all the committee's Democrats except Rep. Brian Baird (D- WA). No Republican members of the Science Committee endorsed these Additional Views.

12 Mar 2004

On March 4, the House Science Committee released a 14-page review of President Bush's FY 2005 request for key science and technology programs. These "Views and Estimates"are intended to guide the House Budget Committee, and Congress more generally, in making funding decisions for the fiscal year that starts on October1.

8 Mar 2004

House Research Subcommittee Chairman Nick Smith (R-MI) summarized many of the views of his colleagues on the House Science Committee at a hearing last week on the relatively new security procedures surrounding the issuance of visas to visiting students and scholars. Said Smith, "This hearing is not a forum to pit the interests of science against the interests of security. Rather, our task is to eliminate bureaucratic inefficiencies in the existing security system that compromise our nation's ability to attract promising scientists and engineers."

1 Mar 2004

"It's impossible to seriously view this as a good budget for science," House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) declared at a February 11 hearing on the Administration's FY 2005 S&T request. Boehlert's comments aptly summarize the sentiments of his colleagues on the committee, regardless of what side of the aisle they sit on.

18 Feb 2004

A House Science Committee hearing earlier this month had two bottom lines: support by committee members for NASA's return to the moon and an eventual manned mission to Mars, and worry that the Administration's projected budget for the agency will not get the job done. Said committee chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY): "while NASA may have relatively smooth sailing right now, we ignore the clouds on the horizon at our own peril. . . . There is simply not enough money in NASA's budget to carry out all of the tasks it is undertaking on the current schedule. That's a fact."

29 Nov 2005

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