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Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

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I.C.20. Issue Files -- Science and Technology, 1985-1992

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Extent: .2 linear ft. (7 files)

Box: 48

Contents: Correspondence, reports, articles, legislation.

Arrangement: Alphabetically by topic.


Science and Technology issue files focus on the Space Station Freedom, and U.S. competitiveness in aerospace technology. Most the files contain discussion on appropriations for the space program, specifically for the manned Space Station Freedom and the Superconducting Supercollider Project. Many members of Congress felt these programs were unnecessary and much too costly; the Supercollider Project alone asked for $ 8 billion. With the end of the Cold War, many believed that the United States was no longer in competition with the Soviets and should focus on projects more relevant to current affairs on the planet. Some scientists also held that funding could be spent more wisely on individual research and smaller projects. Proponents of the funding stressed the need for the U.S. to retain worldwide leadership and expertise in aerospace technology and to maintain an edge in competitiveness overall. Too, these projects provided jobs and furthered scientific discoveries.

With many science and technology-based corporations in Delaware, such as Hercules and ILC Dover, Carper considered both sides of the competitiveness issues. Often, Delaware corporations or their subsidiaries produced components of these projects, such as rocket boosters for space shuttles, designed at Hercules in Utah. Carper often tried to support the interests of his constituency; however, as a fiscal conservative, he also strove to keep the budget and deficit down. Carper was firm in his resolve to not overspend, certainly not on projects that did not appear to have a real and lasting effect on the majority of Delawareans and citizens in the United States at large.

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citation and reference information:

Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

1979 - 1993
(bulk dates 1982 - 1992)

Manuscript Collection Number: 399
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas R. Carper, 1992, 1998-1999
Extent: 84 linear ft. and oversize material
Content: Legislation, correspondence, reports, documents and publications, memoranda, speeches, photographs, audio-visual material, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 - December 1999 by Rebecca J. Altermatt with assistance from Rob Costello; edited by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.

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