The new Republican majority takes control of the 104th Congress on
January 4. All congressional committees, including those
responsible for authorizing and funding the National Science
Foundation, NASA, Department of Energy, and NIST, will have new
chairs, and many will have their subcommittee structure revamped.
What will these changes mean for science policy? Who are the new
Members of the reorganized committees, and what do voting records
say about the new committee chairs' positions on scientific issues?
The American Institute of Physics, through its Office of Government
and Institutional Relations, provides the physics and astronomy
communities with the information needed to understand what is going
on in Washington. An electronic science policy briefing, FYI,
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