Committee on Science


Ralph M. Hall, Texas, Ranking Democrat

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Accomplishments will include a dozen bills signed into law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four bills passed by the House Science Committee have
been signed by the President recently, bringing the Committee’s number to
twelve bills enacted into law this Congress (106th), as of November 13,
2000. These bills are in addition to the fourteen bills signed into law
during the 105th Congress, the first Congress with Rep. F. James
Sensenbrenner, Jr., (R-WI) as Chairman. In contrast, during the 103rd
Congress in 1993-94, only three bills were enacted into law.

Chairman Sensenbrenner stated, “I think all Committee Members deserve credit
for this strong record of accomplishment, both legislating and aggressively
tackling our oversight responsibilities. Working together on a largely
bipartisan basis yielded significant improvements in developing a national
science policy for the 21st century.”

Recent legislative victories include:

  • H.R. 1654, the NASA Authorization Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-391) –
    Introduced by House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chairman Dana
    Rohrabacher (R-CA) and signed into law on October 30, 2000. Information on
    this legislation is available at and

  • H.R. 2607, the Commercial Space Transportation Competitiveness Act (P.L.
    106-405) – Also introduced by Rep. Rohrabacher and signed into law on
    November 1, 2000. Information on H.R. 2607 is available at

  • H.R. 209, the Technology Transfer Commercialization Act of 1999 (P.L.
    106-404) – Introduced by House Technology Subcommittee Chair Constance A.
    Morella (R-MD). Signed into law on November 1, 2000. Information on the
    House’s original passage of H.R. 209 is available at

  • H.R. 1550, which authorizes the U.S. Fire Administration and the National
    Earthquakes Hazards Reduction Program (Public Law number not yet available)
    – Introduced by House Basic Research Subcommittee Chairman Nick Smith (R-MI)
    and signed into law on November 13, 2000. Information on recent House
    action on H.R. 1550 is available at