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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

SUPERCONDUCTING SUPER COLLIDER:

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.

14 Oct 1993

As reported in FYI #136, the Department of Energy has decided to
construct the B-factory at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
This decision implements an April 1992 recommendation of the High
Energy Physics Advisory Panel to construct a B-factory, and follows
a joint DOE and National Science Foundation study of competing SLAC
and Cornell University proposals.

8 Oct 1993

Besides the completion of the VA, HUD, Independent Agencies
Appropriations conference report this week, there have been several
other significant developments in Washington.  They include:

NEAL LANE NOMINATION APPROVED:  Earlier this week, the Senate Labor
and Human Resources Committee unanimously approved the nomination
of Neal Lane as the new director of the National Science
Foundation.  Lane did not appear at the hearing.  Last night, the
full Senate approved the nomination.  Lane is expected to be sworn
in next week at NSF headquarters.

8 Oct 1993

On October 1, members of the House-Senate conference reached
agreement on H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD, Independent Agencies
Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994.  This FYI and the
previous one provide details on the NASA portion of the conference
report (103-273).  However, this is not the last word on the
subject: On October 6, when the conference report was brought to
the House floor for a vote, it was rejected by a vote of 305-123
and sent back to conference because it did not terminate ASRM (see

8 Oct 1993

On October 1, members of the House-Senate conference reached
agreement on H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD, Independent Agencies
Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994.  This FYI and the next
will provide details on the NASA portion of the conference report
(103-273), which contains some of the Senate report's language
restricting funds available for Russian cooperation on the space
station, and leaves open the option of funding the Advanced Solid
Rocket Motor (ASRM) if needed to launch the station to a higher

8 Oct 1993

With the release of House Report 103-273, the House and Senate
conference committee on H.R. 2491 has made its final
recommendations to the National Science Foundation.  Barring any
last minute changes, upcoming House and Senate floor votes on this
report will conclude the final stage of congressional action on the
fiscal year 1994 budget request.

7 Oct 1993

In an action certain to enrage House opponents of the
Superconducting Super Collider, House Speaker Thomas Foley is
expected today to reject a request by collider opponents that they
be represented on an upcoming House-Senate conference committee.
This paves the way for an intensive battle on the House floor over
H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

6 Oct 1993

As the fiscal year 1994 appropriations process unfolds, chairman
George Brown of the House science committee persists in his battle
to root out earmarks (funds targeted for a specific unauthorized,
unpeer-reviewed project or facility in an appropriations bill or
its accompanying report.)  In a letter dated September 27, Brown
requested the assistance of Vice President Al Gore in combating
this practice.  The letter begins by praising Gore's report on
reinventing government, particularly the recommendation to

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