House Science Committee

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

Yesterday afternoon, House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) declared himself "extremely pleased with the results of the negotiations" between the Department of Energy and CERN over the Large Hadron Collider. Although there is one remaining issue yet to be resolved, the future is looking much better for the LHC.

15 May 1997

House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) addressed the AAAS Colloquium on Science and Technology Policy, as did Department of Energy Secretary Federico Pena. Below are Sensenbrenner's prepared remarks on the Large Hadron Collider, as well as his more explicit comments during a question and answer session.

30 Apr 1997

What a difference a year makes. At an all-day mark-up on April 16 by the House Science Committee, bipartisanship was the spirit of the day, and committee members commended the new chairman, James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working cooperatively. In contrast, last year's mark-up of House Science bills was heated and acrimonious. This year, the committee passed ten authorization bills with very little contention.

2 Apr 1997

At his first hearing as chair of the House Science Subcommittee on Space, to discuss authorization of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) enlivened the proceedings with a last-minute witness who urged abolishment of the program. The CATO Institute's Edward Hudgins claimed that the program was politically-driven, "a bogus issue based on bad science," and an excuse for NASA to keep asking for money.

27 Mar 1997

The first full hearing of the House Science Committee was held last week on the topic of Antarctica. The sole witness was Norman R. Augustine, Chairman of the U.S. Antarctic Program External Panel. Augustine summarized the panel's report, not yet printed, which reaffirms the importance of U.S. presence, but calls for a slimmer renovation of outdated U.S. facilities.

18 Mar 1997

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

19 Mar 1997

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