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7 Jul 1993

During last year's consideration of space station funding, the
Senate rejected by a vote of 34-63 an amendment to terminate the
project's funding. 

Below is the September 7, 1992 roll call vote on this amendment.
A YES vote was in favor of TERMINATING the station.  A NO vote was
in SUPPORT of the station.  Freshman senators (FS) are so
designated, followed by yes/no/not voting, as applicable, if they
were formerly a representative casting a vote on a similar
amendment in the House in 1992.

 
7 Jul 1993

On June 28, the House of Representatives voted to preserve funding
for the redesigned space station in the VA/HUD appropriations bill,
H.R. 2491 (see FYI #88).  An amendment by Tim Roemer (D-Indiana) to
terminate the station lost by a vote of 196-220.  Below is a
portion of the roll call vote.  Only representatives voting in
support of the Roemer amendment to terminate the space station, and
those not voting, are listed.  Representatives NOT LISTED below
voted FOR the station.

*** YEAS(196)**********************************************

 
6 Jul 1993

As most followers of science policy are aware, the principles by
which the federal government has supported science and technology
for the last 50 years have recently been called into question.  In
the light of changes in the world, such as the fall of the Soviet
Empire, the rise of global economic competition, and the looming
budget deficit, the linear model of pouring money into basic
research and subsequently reaping technological advances no longer
seems adequate.

 
2 Jul 1993

Six days after the House voted to kill it, the Superconducting
Super Collider experienced another bad day on Capitol Hill.  In a
June 30 hearing, the project's management was examined by House
energy committee chairman, John Dingell (D-Michigan), who is renown
for ferreting out fraud and abuse in science projects.  Dingell
(who voted against the SSC last week) announced that "the SSC ranks
among the worst projects we have seen in terms of contract
mismanagement. . . rivaling Stanford University in their lavish

 
1 Jul 1993

By an unexpectedly wide margin on June 28, the House of
Representatives rejected an amendment to terminate funding for
Space Station Freedom.  The vote came on an amendment offered by
Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Indiana) and Rep. Dick Zimmer (R-New Jersey) to
delete station funding from H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD Appropriations
bill for FY 1994.  The amendment was rejected by a vote of 220 to
196.  This margin was somewhat of a surprise, since last week the
House voted to authorize space station funding by only a one vote
margin.    

 
29 Jun 1993

It is expected that the Senate will vote in September on H.R. 2445,
the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal
year 1994.  During the Senate's consideration of this legislation,
an amendment is expected to be offered to delete funding for the
SSC.  In response to several inquiries regarding last year's voting
record, the following 1992 Senate roll call vote is provided.  A
YES vote was in support of the SSC; a NO vote was for termination
of the collider.  Freshman senators (FS) who were formerly

 
29 Jun 1993

On June 24, the House of Representatives voted to terminate the
Superconducting Super Collider (see FYI #82).  This vote was taken
on an amendment to H.R. 2445, offered by Rep. Jim Slattery
(D-Kansas), to reduce SSC funding by $400 million, with the
remaining money to be used for shut-down costs.  The amendment was
adopted by a vote of 280-150.

 
28 Jun 1993

Today, the full House will vote on H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD and
Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.  The
bill was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on June 22,
and is accompanied by a report spelling out the Committee's
recommendations on spending.  This FYI provides selected
information from the NSF portion of the report.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:

Current funding                $2,733,548,000
Administration request          3,180,200,000
House committee bill            3,021,297,000

 
28 Jun 1993

Today, the full House will vote on H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD and
Independent Agencies Bill for fiscal year 1994.  The bill was
approved by the House Appropriations Committee on June 22, and is
accompanied by a report spelling out the Committee's
recommendations on spending.  This FYI provides selected
information from the NASA portion of the report.

 
25 Jun 1993

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2445, the
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year
1994.  Accompanying this bill is a 162-page report spelling out the
House Appropriations Committee's recommendations on spending.  This
and other FYIs provide selections from the committee's report of
interest to the physics community.

HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS:

Current funding:            $613,384,000
Administration request:      627,769,000
House committee bill:        627,769,000

The committee report states:

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