FYI Archive

15 Jul 1993

The twenty-five members of the National Science Board comprise the
policy-making body of the National Science Foundation.  As
explained by its chairman, James J. Duderstadt, in congressional
testimony earlier this year, "The National Science Board is
responsible for articulating positions on matters of national
science policy as well as providing guidance in the ongoing
development of science policy as it is expressed through the
various programs at the National Science Foundation."

15 Jul 1993

With most attention focused on the appropriations legislation
funding the National Science Foundation next year, less noticed has
been given to the reauthorization legislation for the NSF.  During
the last few months the House Subcommittee on Science has held two
hearings on this legislation to solicit views about the agency.

15 Jul 1993

President Clinton has nominated Neal Lane, an atomic physicist and
Provost of Rice University, to be director of the National Science
Foundation.  In announcing the nomination on July 13, Clinton said,
". . . the National Science Foundation fuels the engine of
creativity that helps us to increase our economic potential and our
base of knowledge.  Neal Lane, with his considerable experience as
a scientist and administrator, will provide the leadership
necessary to foster the great talent, ingenuity, and potential of

13 Jul 1993

On June 28, during consideration of the fiscal year 1994 VA/HUD
appropriations bill, the House of Representatives rejected by a
vote of 196-220 an amendment to terminate funding for the space
station (see FYI #91).  Below are selected quotes from the floor
debate on the amendment:       

9 Jul 1993

On June 24, the House of Representatives approved by a vote of 280
to 150 an amendment to terminate SSC funding (see FYI #82.)  The
following are selections (not necessarily in sequence) from the
debate on the House floor preceding this vote:

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


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