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Anne Wheelock

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Posted: Jan 20, 1996 10:59 PM
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>Date: 19 Jan 1996 13:50:01 -0400
>From: "Mark Kaufman" <>
>Subject: NSF, NASA, NIST Outlook
>To: "ra-assessment" <ra-assessment@hub.TERC.EDU>,
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>*** "Mark Kaufman" <Mark_Kaufman@TERC.EDU>
>Mail*Link(r) SMTP NSF, NASA, NIST Outlook
>Date: 1/19/96 12:18 PM
>From: AIP listserver
>The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News
>Number 7: January 18, 1996
>Outlook Worsening for NSF, NASA, NIST
>With only one week of short term funding left for NSF, NASA, and
>NIST, face-to-face budget talks between the Administration and
>Congress have been called off. It is very unclear if a legislative
>mechanism can be found to avoid another destructive government
>shutdown on January 27 when this money runs out.
>National Science Foundation and NASA funding is entangled in
>budgetary and philosophical battles over the veterans, HUD, EPA,
>and national service budgets. Resolution of these issues is
>nowhere in sight. If there is an eventual agreement between
>Congress and the White House over big ticket items like Medicare,
>it will have little or no effect on getting an appropriations bill
>signed for these agencies. NIST funding is in even worse shape,
>since now there is some speculation by the House Republican
>leadership about not even funding the Department of Commerce.
>House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is pessimistic about resolving
>the impasse over a seven year balanced budget plan, saying that the
>solution may require November's general election -- 293 days from
>now. There is now talk that Republicans may send the President
>targeted appropriations bills for programs they favor, using what
>House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston (R-LA) calls
>a process of "significant selectivity." He adds, "You don't
>necessarily have to pass a bill for programs that we don't want
>funded." House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) identified the
>Commerce and Education Departments as possible candidates for
>defunding. Speculation is that the Senate would balk at this
>approach, preferring to move legislation providing funding for the
>rest of the fiscal year at lower levels. No one knows what will
>Indicative of the mood on Capitol Hill is the large number of
>Members who have announced their retirement. Rep. John T. Myers
>(R-IN), who has served in the House for fifteen terms, is retiring
>at the end of the year. Myers plays an important role in
>determining federal funding for physics research, since he is
>Chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations
>Subcommittee. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over the
>Department of Energy's Office of Energy Research. Myers has served
>on this subcommittee for over 20 years, and worked closely with
>then-subcommittee chairman Tom Bevill (D-AL), who is also retiring.
>In making his announcement, Myers stated, "There used to be a
>civility. Today they would almost rather destroy another member
>than compromise. The camaraderie is destroyed."
>Richard M. Jones
>Public Information Division
>American Institute of Physics
>(301) 209-3095
>Welcome to the Curriculum Frameworks Network -- a service of the Eisenhower
>Regional Alliance for Mathematics and Science Education Reform. The
>facilitators for this network are Bob McLaughlin (
>and Mark Kaufman (

Anne Wheelock
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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