Congressional Foundations of the BES Program
Congress established the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program through the following authorization legislations:
These laws created and promulgated the BES program, and annual appropriation laws provide funding and guidance for the program's activities. In the Congressional budget process, the BES program is governed by the four Congressional Committees shown in the table below. Each Committee contains a subcommittee that specifically considers the BES portion of the President's Budget Request. To hunt for additional legislative information on the internet, visit the Library of Congress' Thomas server.