Democrats Release Their Views and Estimates Report
Representative Ralph M. Hall (D-TX), ranking Democrat on the Science Committee, today released the Democrats’ Views and Estimates report. This report, required annually by the Budget Act, is designed to provide guidance to the Budget Committee for funding of science and technology programs in the annual budget process. The report, which is in part a response to the Committee Republican Views and Estimates Report and in part to the Bush Administration’s budget request, makes four points:
- That the Republican Views and Estimates fail to provide meaningful guidance to the Budget Committee;
- That the Budget Committee must consider a serious boost in Science and Technology funding if we are to accomplish our goals of strengthening homeland and national security, investing more in the physical sciences and providing adequate support to NASA in the wake of the Columbia tragedy;
- That the President’s management initiative to use metrics for R&D programs appears to have some troubling implementation problems; and
- That if the Administration is serious in its claims that earmarks are distorting R&D funding, they have the tools at their disposal to address the issue.
The full text of the report can be found at: https://sciencedems.house.gov/randd/views_fy04.htm.