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Reported to House amended (10/29/1987)

(Reported to House from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology with amendment, H. Rept. 100-413)

Superconducting Super Collider Project Authorization Act of 1987 - Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to enter into a cooperative agreement with various governmental and private entities for participation in a research and development program for a Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in accordance with the Department of Energy's invitation for site proposal, dated April 1987.

Directs the Secretary to submit annually to certain congressional committees the results of his review of basic and applied superconductivity research and technology. Prescribes guidelines for determining the overall ranking of each proposal in the SSC site evaluation process.

Directs the Secretary to select a project manager for the SSC project within six months of the date of enactment of this Act.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) ascertain international interest in SSC funding; and (2) implement consultations with certain congressional committees regarding specified aspects of foreign SSC funding and assistance.

Prohibits the Secretary from entering into any agreement to manage, control, or support the operation of the SSC facility unless the Secretary: (1) reports in writing to certain congressional committees that no other source can reasonably provide such needed assistance; and (2) simultaneously publishes such information in the Federal Register.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1988 through 1990 for the SSC program.

Directs the President to: (1) submit as part of the proposed budget request to the Congress a two-year authorization and appropriation request for the SSC program for each fiscal year subsequent to fiscal year 1988 through the end of its operation; (2) propose funding for the SSC program in a way that supports and does not diminish other science and space research activities; and (3) treat the SSC funding requirement as an incremental addition to the ongoing Federal support for certain Federal civilian science budgets.

Requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (within the Executive Office of the President) to include a financial plan regarding Federal civilian science facilities and programs within the budget justification documents accompanying the President's proposed request to the Congress.

Requires the Secretary to transmit, within 30 days after receiving a report of the Best Qualified List of sites, a report to certain congressional committees containing the Best Qualified List of sites.

Requires the Congressional Budget Office to review: (1) within 60 days after enactment of this Act a certain SSC cost estimate (published by the Department of Energy's Central Design Group), and to report to certain congressional committees regarding the adequacy of such cost estimate; and (2) within 60 days of completion of a site-specific design by the Department (subsequent to site selection) the cost estimates for such design, and to report to certain congressional committees on the adequacy of such estimates.