United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

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Background
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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. It was created in 1958 as the Science and Astronautics Committee, but has since changed names.[1]

Leadership

113th congress

Lamar Smith (R) was appointed committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress was Ralph M. Hall (R).

Membership

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (18)Republican members (21)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Ranking memberLamar Smith (Texas) Chair
Zoe Lofgren (California) Dana Rohrabacher (California) Vice Chair
Daniel Lipinski (Illinois) Ralph M. Hall (Texas) Chairman Emeritus
Donna Edwards (Maryland) James Sensenbrenner (Wisconsin)
Frederica Wilson (Florida) Frank D. Lucas (Oklahoma)
Suzanne Bonamici (Oregon) Randy Neugebauer (Texas)
Eric Swalwell (California) Michael T. McCaul (Texas)
Dan Maffei (New York) Paul Broun (Georgia)
Alan Grayson (Florida) Steven Palazzo (Mississippi)
Joseph Kennedy III (Massachusetts) Mo Brooks (Alabama)
Scott Peters (California) Randy Hultgren (Illinois)
Derek Kilmer (Washington) Larry Bucshon (Indiana)
Ami Bera (California) Steve Stockman (Texas)
Elizabeth Esty (Connecticut) Bill Posey (Florida)
Marc Veasey (Texas) Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming)
Julia Brownley (California) David Schweikert (Arizona)
Mark Takano (California) Thomas Massie (Kentucky)
Robin Kelly (Illinois) Kevin Cramer (North Dakota)
Jim Bridenstine (Oklahoma)
Randy Weber (Texas)
Chris Collins (New York)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Note: Gabrielle Giffords (D) served on this committee, prior to her retirement. Her replacement, Ron Barber (D), did not replace her on the committee.

Committee legislation

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Subcommittees

Space

Jurisdiction: all matters relating to astronautical and aeronautical research and development including: national space policy, including access to space; sub-orbital access and applications; National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its contractor and government-operated labs; space commercialization, including the commercial space activities relating to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce; exploration and use of outer space; international space cooperation; the National Space Council; space applications, space communications and related matters; earth remote sensing policy; civil aviation research, development, and demonstration; research, development, and demonstration programs of the Federal Aviation Administration; and space law.[3]

Environment

Jurisdiction: all matters relating to environmental research; Environmental Protection Agency research and development; environmental standards; climate change research and development; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including all activities related to weather, weather services, climate, the atmosphere, marine fisheries, and oceanic research; risk assessment activities; scientific issues related to environmental policy, including climate change; remote sensing data related to climate change at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); earth science activities conducted by the NASA; other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman; and relevant oversight.[3]

Energy

Jurisdiction: all matters relating to energy research, development, and demonstration projects therefor; commercial application of energy technology; Department of Energy research, development, and demonstration programs; Department of Energy laboratories; Department of Energy science activities; energy supply activities; nuclear, solar, and renewable energy, and other advanced energy technologies; uranium supply and enrichment, and Department of Energy waste management; fossil energy research and development; clean coal technology; energy conservation research and development, including building performance, alternate fuels, distributed power systems, and industrial process improvements; pipeline research, development, and demonstration projects; energy standards; other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman; and relevant oversight.[3]

Research and Technology

Jurisdiction: all matters relating to science policy and science education including: the Office of Science and Technology Policy; all scientific research, and scientific and engineering resources (including human resources), science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; intergovernmental mechanisms for research, development, and demonstration and cross-cutting programs; international scientific cooperation; National Science Foundation, including earthquake programs; university research policy, including infrastructure and overhead; university research partnerships, including those with industry; science scholarships; computing, communications, networking, and information technology; research and development relating to health, biomedical, and nutritional programs; research, development, and demonstration relating to nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology; to the extent appropriate, agricultural, geological, biological and life sciences research; and materials research, development, and demonstration and policy.[3]

Oversight

Jurisdiction: all matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.[3]

Jurisdiction

According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee includes the following:

  1. all energy research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefore
  2. all federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories
  3. astronautical research and development, including resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities
  4. civil aviation research and development
  5. environmental research and development
  6. marine research
  7. commercial application of energy technology
  8. National Institute of Standards and Technology, standardization of weights and measures and the metric system
  9. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. National Science Foundation
  11. National Weather Service
  12. outer space, including exploration and control thereof
  13. science scholarships
  14. scientific research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefore
  15. shall review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to non-military research and development.

Contact

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-6371
Fax: 202-226-0113

See also

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