House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

11 Sep 2015

In response to several bills that have been introduced this year to reduce funding for or otherwise restrict the growth of the Earth and related sciences, a group of science organizations are uniting behind a community response that highlights the broad societal benefits of the geosciences.

26 Aug 2015

Before Congress left for its summer recess, House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a bill that, according to a committee statement, “holds NSF accountable for how taxpayer dollars are spent.”

20 Aug 2015

A one hour hearing last month by the House Subcommittee on Energy on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was low-key and noncontroversial.  In contrast to hearings on Yucca Mountain that are often highly contentious, this hearing on NRC and Department of Energy coordination on advancing new reactor technologies revealed few policy differences. 

14 Aug 2015

The July 28 hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology unfolded as a chorus of bipartisan and largely unchecked enthusiasm and support for NASA’s planetary sciences mission.

30 Jul 2015

Over the course of two separate hearings, held on May 20 and July 14, the Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee delved into the topic of weather data, which comes from multiple sources and is used in the weather prediction models run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), making possible the nation’s weather forecasts.  Subcommittee Chairman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) convened the hearings as a platform to encourage the adoption of rules and policies at NOAA to spur the expanded use of commercial sources for weather data.

17 Jul 2015

Although last month’s hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy was low-key in nature and less than ninety minutes long, it demonstrated considerable support for the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Hubs. 

16 Jul 2015

On July 10, the Space Subcommittee within the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine the operational challenges currently bedeviling the International Space Station (ISS), including a number of recent and costly cargo launch failures and other technical failures.  During the hearing, members of Congress from both parties and witnesses spoke highly of the unique research platform that the ISS provides to U.S.

10 Jun 2015

On May 13, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Energy Subcommittee hosted a hearing to explore the state of nuclear fission and fusion technologies, including the role that research advances in these fields might play in driving the future energy economy of the U.S.  The witnesses and committee members presented their respective views on nuclear fission and fusion and discussed the relative merits of continued and enhanced federal investments in these areas, with some members clearly expressing preference for one over the other and others showing support for the full gamu

19 May 2015

Tomorrow morning the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015.  Yesterday evening the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy on the bill, warning “If the President were presented with H.R. 1806, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” 

12 May 2015

This is an important month for the National Science Foundation on Capitol Hill.  On Thursday, House appropriators will mark up their FY 2016 bill providing funding for the National Science Foundation.  The full House may consider the America COMPETES bill, authorizing NSF and its programs for FY 2016 and FY 2017.


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