NASA Authorization Conference Report Passes the House
Rep. Ralph M. Hall (TX), Ranking Democratic Member on the Science Committee, reacted to the House passage of the conference report: "We hope that the Senate will expeditiously pass, and the President will then sign, this conference report. It has been too long since the authorizing committees in the Congress - the House Science Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee - have assumed their rightful role in setting policy for the Nation's civil space program. We look forward to continuing progress on NASA issues in the next Congress."
Rep. Bart Gordon added, "I am pleased that the House has endorsed the conference report for H.R. 1654, the NASA Authorization Act of 2000. While not perfect, the bill is a constructive piece of bipartisan legislation that endorses - and in some cases augments - the Administration's funding priorities for NASA. I look forward to its enactment into law in the near future."
In addition to fully funding all of NASA's major programs, including the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Space Launch Initiative, science programs, and aeronautics, the conference report augments the Administration's request in a number of areas. These include NASA's educational programs - in particular, the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program and the Minority University Research and Education Program. In addition, the bill increases funding for NASA's research into aircraft noise reduction and cleaner, more energy-efficient aircraft engine technology - two critical areas for improving the quality of life around the nation's airports.