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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia, Chairman
MARK O. HATFIELD, Oregon
JAMES A. McCLURE, Idaho
THAD COCHRAN, Mississippi JIM SASSER, Tennessee
ROBERT W. KASTEN, JR., Wisconsin DENNIS DECONCINI, Arizona
ALFONSE M. D'AMATO, New York DALE BUMPERS, Arkansas
WARREN RUDMAN, New Hampshire FRANK R. LAUTENBERG, New Jersey ARLEN SPECTER, Pennsylvania TOM HARKIN, Iowa
PETE V. DOMENICI, New Mexico BARBARA A. MIKULSKI, Maryland
CHARLES E. GRASSLEY, Iowa HARRY REID, Nevada
DON NICKLES, Oklahoma
PHIL GRAMM, Texas
JAMES H. ENGLISH, Staff Director
MARY A. DEWALD, Chief Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
J. BENNETT JOHNSTON, Louisiana, Chairman
MARK O. HATFIELD, Oregon
THAD COCHRAN, Mississippi
PETE V. DOMENICI, New Mexico HARRY REID, Nevada
ARLEN SPECTER, Pennsylvania
GARY C. BARBER
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1990
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met at 2 p.m., in room SD-192, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. J. Bennett Johnston (chairman) presiding.
Present: Senators Johnston, Hatfield, McClure, and Domenici.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
OFFICE OF ENERGY RESEARCH
STATEMENT OF DR. JAMES F. DECKER, ACTING DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF
ENERGY RESEARCH, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Senator JOHNSTON. The subcommittee will come to order.
This afternoon we will hear the fiscal year 1991 budget request of the Office of Energy Research, which is one of the largest basic research activities in the Federal Government with total funding in the current year of about $2.4 billion. The fiscal year 1991 request for appropriations is for $2.7 billion, an increase of over $300 million.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. James F. Decker, Acting Director of Energy Research in the Department of Energy. Dr. Decker is also the Deputy Director and I believed he served as Acting Director several years ago.
Dr. Decker, we look forward to hearing your presentation today, especially your request for the high energy physics program, the superconducting super collider, nuclear physics, basic energy sciences, magnetic fusion, global warming, climate change, human genome project as well as other very interesting important programs. Your full written statement will be incorporated in the record and we would like to hear your summary of each of these programs. Please proceed:
STATEMENT OF JAMES F. DECKER
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee:
It is a pleasure to appear here today to present the FY 1991 budget request
for the programs supported by the Office of Energy Research (ER). These programs are: High Energy Physics, the Superconducting Super Collider, Nuclear Physics, Basic Energy Sciences, Magnetic Fusion Energy, Biological and
Environmental Research, Energy Research Analyses, University and Science
Education, University Research Instrumentation, Multiprogram Energy
Laboratories - Facilities Support, and supporting program direction.
Funding for these programs in FY 1991 is being requested under the two
appropriations shown in Table 1, Energy Supply R&D and General Science and
The total FY 1991 budget request for ER's programs is $2.7 billion,
an increase of $302 million over the FY 1990 appropriation of $2.4 billion.
In his February 7, 1990, testimony before the House Committee on Science,
Space, and Technology, Dr. Allan Bromley, Director of the Office of Science
and Technology Policy, noted that, "federal support for basic research is an
essential investment in the nation's scientific and technological future."
This request reflects the Administration's commitment to the key role played
by science in enhancing the economic and technological well-being of the
United States, as well as the quality of our lives.
It also reflects our
continuing commitment to excellence in the research programs supported by the
Office of Energy Research.
I would like to discuss the programs under the
General Science and Research appropriation first, followed by those under the
Energy Supply R&D appropriation.