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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

5 Oct 1993

Work has almost been completed on the funding bill for the National
Science Foundation.  Last Friday, Chairmen Louis Stokes (D-Ohio)
and Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), and their colleagues completed
work on the final version of H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD, Independent
Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.  Later this week
the House and Senate will give their final approval to the
conference report for H.R. 2491, and except for the president's
signature, NSF will have completed another year of the
appropriations process.

1 Oct 1993

After months of uncertainty following a June vote in the House of
Representatives, the Senate yesterday voted to fully fund the
administration's request for the Superconducting Super Collider.
By a vote of 57 to 42, the Senate rejected an amendment offered by
Senator Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas) to terminate the collider.  There
were ten more negative votes against the collider this year than
last year.

1 Oct 1993

On September 22, the Senate passed H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD and
Independent Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994.
During floor debate over the bill, the space station, now being
referred to in its redesigned state as Space Station Alpha,
survived an amendment by Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas) to
terminate it. 

29 Sep 1993

Accompanying the bill, H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water Development
Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994, is a report from the
Senate Appropriations Committee.  Senate Report 103-147 contains
committee recommendations for various DOE programs.  While not
having the force of law, these recommendations are generally
adhered to by a department or agency.  Final report language and
funding levels are determined by a conference committee composed of
members from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

29 Sep 1993

Accompanying the bill, H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water Development
Appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994, is a report from the
Senate Appropriations Committee.  Senate Report 103-147 contains
committee recommendations for various Department of Energy
programs.  While not having the force of law, these recommendations
are generally adhered to by a department or agency.  Final report
language and funding levels are determined by a conference
committee composed of members from the House and Senate

24 Sep 1993

The Senate acted on a number of important science funding bills
this week.  They include:

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY:

The Superconducting Super Collider received some good news this
week.  Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 29-0 to
approve H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations
bill for fiscal year 1994.  The bill contains the full
administration request for the SSC -- $640 million.  No attempt was
made to delete funding for the collider during the committee's
consideration of the bill.

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