FYI Archive

4 Nov 1993

The Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations bill, H.R. 2519, was
signed into law by President Clinton on October 27.  This bill
contains fiscal year 1994 funding for the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the Department of
Commerce.  NIST was favored with an increase of 35 percent over its
1993 budget.  While not quite the astronomical 39.4 percent growth
requested by the Clinton Administration, it is a very significant
increase from a Congress that is looking hard for programs to cut.

2 Nov 1993

In addition to the Superconducting Super Collider and fusion energy
programs reported on in previous FYIs, the conference committee
report for the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill
appropriated the following amounts and made the below
recommendations for physics-related research programs:

Under the budget category of "Energy Research" is a category
entitled "Basic Energy Sciences."  Under this heading, MATERIALS
SCIENCES received $276,985,000, the full administration request.

2 Nov 1993

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, H.R. 2445,
which provides funding for DOE programs and sealed the fate of the
SSC, was signed into law by President Clinton on October 28.  While
previous FYIs tracked the SSC's demise, this and the following FYI
will provide details on fiscal year 1994 funding for other DOE
physics-related research programs.

Below are selected portions of the House-Senate conference report
language pertaining to fusion.


28 Oct 1993

On October 19, the House of Representatives voted to terminate the
Superconducting Super Collider.  Through a series of complicated
parliamentary procedures, the House voted to send its conferees
back to the Energy and Water Development appropriations conference
committee with instructions to terminate the collider.  The vote
was 282 to terminate the collider; 143 in support of it.

27 Oct 1993

It took about two hours late last week for the conference committee
to approve the language terminating the Superconducting Super
Collider.  The following are the instructions Congress is giving to
"orderly terminate" the SSC:

"...$640,000,000 to remain available until expended, to be used
only to orderly terminate the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC)
project under terms and conditions as follows:

27 Oct 1993

It will take several months of reflection to fully assess why
Congress, after spending over $2 billion (including the Texas
contribution) on the Superconducting Super Collider, decided last
week to cancel the project.  An initial appraisal suggests the

22 Oct 1993

"The SSC as we know it is dead.  It cannot be revived."
- Senator J. Bennett Johnston

In a decision which has surprised many in Washington, a
House-Senate conference committee has terminated the
Superconducting Super Collider.  This action seals the fate of the
collider: there is no possibility that the SSC will survive this
latest, and final, decision.

20 Oct 1993

In what has become a major test of wills, the House of
Representatives by a vote of nearly 2 to 1 has rejected the
conference bill containing $640 million in funding for the
Superconducting Super Collider.  Although this is by no means the
final chapter, the SSC is in trouble.

15 Oct 1993

"When will we know what space station we are building?"
    -- Ralph Hall, Chairman of the House space subcommittee

15 Oct 1993


October 19 is going to be an important date in the history of the
SSC.  If all goes as scheduled, the House of Representatives will
vote that day on the conference report for H.R. 2445, the Energy
and Water Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.


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