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23 Jun 1993

On Thursday, June 24, the House of Representatives will vote 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.

BASIC ENERGY SCIENCES:

Current funding:              $859,700,000
Administration request:        801,965,000
House committee bill:          789,965,000

 
23 Jun 1993

On Thursday, June 24, the House of Representatives will vote 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.

FUSION:

Current funding:              $339,710,000
Administration request:        347,595,000
House committee bill:          347,595,000

 
22 Jun 1993

By a vote of 280 to 150, the House of Representatives voted
yesterday to terminate the Superconducting Super Collider.  This
vote came during consideration of H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water
Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.  Earlier this
week, the House rejected, by a one vote margin, an amendment which
would have killed the space station.

 
22 Jun 1993

On Thursday, June 24, the House of Representatives will vote 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 following FYIs provide selections from the
committee's report of interest to the physics community.

SUPERCONDUCTING SUPER COLLIDER:

Current funding:           $517,000,000
Administration Request:    $640,000,000
House committee bill:      $620,000,000

 
18 Jun 1993

Yesterday, President Clinton announced his decision on the fate of
the space station, and the winner was:  Option A.  The President
stated, "There is no doubt that we are facing difficult budget
decisions.  However, we can not retreat from our obligation to
invest in our future. . . I believe strongly that NASA and the
space station program represent important investments in that
future, and that these investments will yield benefits in medical
research, aerospace and other critical technologies.  As well, the

 
17 Jun 1993

In a conference call this afternoon with twelve Texan Democrats in
the House, Vice President Al Gore expressed the Clinton
Administration's "very strong support" for the Superconducting
Super Collider.  This call follows a letter from President Clinton
to the House Appropriations Committee this morning reaffirming the
administration's support for the project.

 
15 Jun 1993

There is both good news and bad news to report about the
Superconducting Super Collider.  On June 10, the House Energy and
Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee agreed to SSC funding
of $620 million for the next fiscal year.  This is only $20 million
below the Clinton Administration's request, and represents an
increase of more than $100 million over the current year.  Despite
this good omen, both supporters and critics of the collider agree
that upcoming House and Senate floor votes on the project look
increasingly uncertain.

 
11 Jun 1993

In a decision that could set the stage for a collision between the
Clinton Administration and congressional backers of the space
station, it was reported today that an influential panel recommends
that NASA turn away from the Space Station Freedom design.

 
11 Jun 1993

By the time this FYI is read, the three redesign options for the
space station will be in the hands of President Clinton.  After
several intense months of redesign work at Clinton's request, on
Monday, June 7, NASA presented the final details of the three
options and their estimated costs to Clinton's "Blue Ribbon Panel,"
or, more formally, the Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the
Space Station.  It was the job of the committee, headed by MIT
President Charles Vest, to evaluate the options and pass their

 
10 Jun 1993

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the bill
containing fiscal year 1994 NASA funding during the week of June
21.  The full committee will be voting on a May 27 version of the
VA, HUD, Independent Agencies bill drafted by the VA/HUD
appropriations subcommittee (see FYI #71.)  The Space Science
Working Group provided the following details about this bill:

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