The Senate Energy Appropriations Subcommittee and Chairman; Budget Committee Field Hearing

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Publication date: 
31 January 1995

Senator Pete V. Domenici assumed the chairmanship of the Senate
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee earlier
this month.  He brings to this position his twin passions of
deficit reduction and support for science at a time when some are
questioning the value of one of the subcommittee's major
jurisdictions -- the Department of Energy. Other members of
subcommittee are:

Republicans: Democrats:
Hatfield (Oregon) Johnston (Louisiana)
Cochran (Mississippi) Byrd (West Virginia)
Gorton (Washington) Hollings (South Carolina)
McConnell (Kentucky) Reid (Nevada)
Bennett (Utah)* Kerrey (Nebraska)
Burns (Montana)* Murray (Washington)*

(*designates new committee member)

Domenici has represented New Mexico since 1972.  He is widely
acknowledged to be one of the most knowledgeable senators on the
intricacies of the federal budget.  Domenici was chairman of the
Budget Committee the last time the Republicans controlled the
Senate.  "Congressional Quarterly" describes Domenici as "a strong,
often impassioned advocate of spending on science and research."
In addition to a keen interest in the Los Alamos and Sandia
National Laboratories, he has been a supporter of basic research
and the National Science Foundation.  Domenici is also the chairman
of the Senate Energy Research and Development Subcommittee, which
authorizes nuclear and other energy R&D programs.  The senator
supported space station funding in 1994, 1993 and 1992.  He voted
in favor of the Superconducting Super Collider in 1993, 1992 and

The address for the subcommittee follows:
   Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee
   U.S. Senate
   SD-132 Dirksen Senate Office Building
   Washington, D.C.  20510

The future of DOE's national laboratories was raised at a House
Budget Committee field hearing in Prescott, AZ last Saturday.  An
FYI reader reports that 900 people attended, of which 40 addressed
the eight committee members present.  Most of the initial speakers
questioned government entitlement programs during the three hour
hearing, although one asked, "If the cold war is over, why are
there still 9,000 people at Los Alamos National Lab working on
nuclear weapons?"  Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich (R-OH)
replied, "There are actually a large number of national labs across
the country doing a variety of things.  We are going to see the
time come when we look at the national labs as we are now looking
at military bases.  The labs are, of course, administered by DOE,
which is soon going to undergo intense scrutiny."

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