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Congressional Testimony

Members of SSB committees may be invited to testify before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate about the findings and recommendations of their reports.

On March 2, 2006, the House Science Committee held a hearing on NASA’s FY2007 request for the Science Mission Directorate. Each of the four SSB decadal surveys was represented by someone who participated in the study, although all were testifying in their individual capacities, not as representatives of the SSB or the Academies. The four witnesses were: Joseph Taylor for astronomy and astrophysics, Fran Bagenal for solar and space physics, Wes Huntress for planetary exploration, and Berrien Moore for Earth sciences. The texts of their prepared statements follow. They also are available, along with an archived webcast of the hearing, on the Science Committee’s website [http://www.house.gov/science]. Click on “hearings” on the left menu, then “full committee,” then the hearing listed for March 2, 2006.

During the second quarter, two hearings were held where members of the SSB family testified to Congress. Their prepared statements are reprinted here. First was the June 7 hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Science and Space Subcommittee where incoming Board member James Pawelczyk, and former Board member Peter Voorhees, testified on outside perspectives regarding NASA’s FY2007 budget request. The prepared statements of other witnesses are available at http://commerce.senate.gov. Second was a June 13 hearing where David Black, co-chair of the NRC’s ad hoc Committee on Issues Affecting the Future of the U.S. Space Science and Engineering Workforce, testified to the House Science Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee on behalf of the NRC concerning the findings and recommendations of his committee’s interim report. The prepared statements of other witnesses are available at http://www.house.gov/science.



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7 Congressional Testimony Members of SSB committees may be invited to testify before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate about the findings and recommendations of their reports. On March 2, 2006, the House Science Committee held a hearing on NASA’s FY2007 request for the Science Mission Directorate. Each of the four SSB decadal surveys was represented by someone who participated in the study, although all were testifying in their individual capacities, not as representatives of the SSB or the Academies. The four witnesses were: Joseph Taylor for astronomy and astrophysics, Fran Bagenal for solar and space physics, Wes Huntress for planetary exploration, and Berrien Moore for Earth sciences. The texts of their prepared state- ments follow. They also are available, along with an archived webcast of the hearing, on the Science Committee’s website [http://www.house.gov/science]. Click on “hearings” on the left menu, then “full committee,” then the hearing listed for March 2, 2006. During the second quarter, two hearings were held where members of the SSB family testified to Congress. Their prepared statements are reprinted here. First was the June 7 hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Science and Space Subcommittee where incoming Board member James Pawelczyk, and former Board member Peter Voorhees, testified on outside perspectives regarding NASA’s FY2007 budget request. The prepared statements of other witnesses are available at http://commerce.senate.gov. Second was a June 13 hearing where David Black, co-chair of the NRC’s ad hoc Committee on Issues Affecting the Future of the U.S. Space Science and Engineering Workforce, testified to the House Science Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee on behalf of the NRC concerning the findings and recommendations of his committee’s interim report. The prepared statements of other witnesses are available at http://www.house.gov/science. 6