House Science Committee

Split roughly along party lines, the House Science and Technology Committee has sent to the full House legislation to establish an Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. Indicative of the division on the legislation was the final vote of 25-12.

1 Jun 2007

Yesterday, the House Science and Technology Committee secured floor passage of a new bill that now enables the House and Senate to meet in a conference to settle on the final version of an important and wide-ranging S&T authorization bill. By voice vote, the House passed H.R. 2272, the 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007.

22 May 2007

The controversy over the Bush Administration's policies on the dissemination of information to the public on scientific issues, most notably climate change, continues. A series of congressional hearings this year have highlighted the importance of perspective in determining whether Administration actions have been harmful to the public interest, or a reflection of normal government process and policy.

20 Apr 2007

The controversy over the Bush Administration's policies on the dissemination of information to the public on scientific issues, most notably climate change, continues. A series of congressional hearings this year have highlighted the importance of perspective in determining whether Administration actions have been harmful to the public interest, or a reflection of normal government process and policy.

20 Apr 2007

Ray Orbach was one of five witnesses at a 90-minute hearing today of the House Science and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. While pointed questions were asked of several of the Department of Energy’s witnesses, Orbach’s programs received uniform praise from subcommittee members.

Subcommittee Chairman Nick Lampson (D-TX) primarily addressed energy issues at the hearing. His opening statement included the following remarks about the Office of Science:

7 Mar 2007

“Flying blind” is but one of the terms that House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) used at a hearing earlier this month to describe the nation’s rapidly deteriorating system of Earth observing satellites. Gordon’s assessment was shared by committee members on both sides of the aisle during this review of a National Research Council report entitled, “Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond.”

27 Feb 2007

New House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) and his colleagues engaged in a thoughtful 90-minute dialogue last week with John Marburger, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. While there were many areas of apparent agreement between committee members and Director Marburger, there were notable areas of disagreement about the Administration’s FY 2008 budget request for science and technology.

23 Feb 2007

The 110th Congress is only a few weeks old, but senators and representatives are already busy introducing bills to improve science and math education in the nation's classrooms. Several factors are at play this year. The thrust last year to take steps to improve U.S. competitiveness, prompted by documents such as the National Academies' "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," led the Administration to propose its American Competitiveness Initiative, and Congress to introduce a plethora of competitiveness bills, many of which included science and math education provisions.

22 Jan 2007

Two years after a tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed more than 200,000 people in south Asia, a bill was signed into law that would authorize and enhance NOAA's programs to understand and detect tsunamis threatening the U.S., warn the American public, and mitigate the effects. "Preparedness saves lives and legislation like this can put the informational tools in place for us to be as well-equipped as possible," said incoming House Science Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) in a press release.

11 Jan 2007

Last week, House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) outlined an ambitious agenda for his committee when Congress convenes in January. The committee was very active during the last two years, holding 123 hearings and seeing twelve laws enacted encompassing 27 bills. Among these were The America COMPETES Act, the Energy Independence and Security Act, and a host of other laws affecting the conduct and funding of science.

23 Dec 2008

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