House Appropriations VA/HUD Subcommittee Named

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Publication date: 
22 January 1993
Number: 
9

Members have been named to the subcommittees of the House
Appropriations Committee for the 103rd Congress.  Of major interest
to scientists and science educators is the Subcommittee on
Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent
Agencies, which has jurisdiction over funding for the National
Science Foundation and NASA.  On the other side of Capitol Hill,
the Senate has determined the membership of its major committees,
but it has not yet announced final subcommittee assignments. 

The VA/HUD/IA subcommittee has a very different look this year.
Five members are new to the subcommittee, although none are
freshmen: two Democrats (Torres and Thornton) and all three
Republicans.  Both the Chairman and Ranking Republican have
changed.  The chairmanship has been taken over by Louis Stokes
(D-Ohio), a long-standing member of the subcommittee (see FYI#156,
1992 for a profile on Stokes.)  The nine members of this
subcommittee will have a major role in determining the NSF and NASA
budgets for the fiscal year starting October 1.

House Appropriations Subcommittee on VA/HUD/IA:

Louis Stokes (D-Ohio)                         Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
  Chairman                                      Ranking Republican
Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)                       Tom DeLay (R-TX)
Jim Chapman (D-TX)                            Dean A. Gallo (R-NJ)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)                          
Esteban E. Torres (D-CA)
Ray Thornton (D-AR)    

The appropriations committees in the House and Senate are some of
the most powerful committees, and some of the most desired
committee assignments, in Congress.  In theory, appropriations
committees dole out federal funds to agencies and programs that
have been approved by the corresponding authorizing committees.  In
reality, however, the appropriators have most of the power because
they control the purse strings, and often substitute their own
favorite projects for funding.  The power struggle between
authorizers and appropriators will be visible later this year:  The
National Science Foundation is due for re-authorization by the
House Science Committee, chaired by Rep. George Brown
(D-California.)

The fiscal year 1994 appropriations process will begin when
President Clinton submits a budget request to Congress, probably in
mid-March.  The House appropriations subcommittees then respond
with their own budget bills, followed by the Senate.  When both the
House and Senate have passed their versions, selected members meet
in conference to iron out the differences in each bill, before
final passage.

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