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September 29, 2022

Chairwoman Stevens Applauds House Passage of SBIR and STTR Extension Act

(Washington, DC) – Today, the House passed S. 4900, the SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022. S. 4900 reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, and related pilot programs. The SBIR and STTR programs are administered by various federal agencies and provide competitive awards for domestic small businesses to conduct research and development projects that have the potential for commercialization. “The …  Continue Reading 

September 28, 2022

Chairman Beyer Introduces Bill to Address Methane Super-Emitters in Oil and Gas Operations

(Washington, DC)—Today, the Methane Super-Emitter Strategy Act of 2022 was introduced to the House of Representatives. The bill addresses a finding of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s investigation into oil and gas sector methane leaks and June 8, 2022 hearing on the same topic, which determined that oil and gas companies are failing to address super-emitting leaks. These leaks are known as a primary driver of methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Chairman …  Continue Reading 

September 28, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Introduces Bill to Address Research Gaps in Methane Emission Monitoring

(Washington, DC)—Today, the Methane Emissions Research Act was introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill would create a pilot study at the Environmental Protection Agency to use direct measurements to quantify methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure in the United States. The bill addresses knowledge gaps that were identified by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s investigation into oil and gas sector methane leaks earlier this year, as well as a …  Continue Reading 

September 27, 2022

Science Committee Leaders Send Letter to FCC on Orbital Debris Mitigation Standards

(Washington, DC) – Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA), and Ranking Member Brian Babin (R-TX) sent a letter to Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the FCC's potential consideration of new regulations for orbital space debris at its upcoming open Commission meeting. The letter is a follow …  Continue Reading 

September 26, 2022

Chairman Beyer Statement on NASA DART Mission

(Washington, DC)—Today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, successfully carried out the first-ever planetary defense test mission. The Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) mission demonstrated kinetic impactor technology to affect the asteroid Dimorphos’s speed and trajectory. Dimorphos is part of the double-asteroid system Didymos.    “I’m excited …  Continue Reading 

September 21, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Senate Ratification of Kigali Amendment to Reduce HFCs

(Dallas, TX)—Today, the U.S. Senate passed the minimum threshold of 67 votes needed to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The Kigali Amendment commits the United States to join global governments in phasing down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. HFCs are greenhouse gases that have a global warming potential over 1,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide and are commonly used for cooling and refrigeration. The phase-out of HFCs is expected to …  Continue Reading 

September 15, 2022

Science Committee Leaders Urge Transparency in FAA Investigation of Blue Origin Booster Failure

(Washington, DC) – Today, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ranking Member Brian Babin (R-TX) led a letter to Acting Administrator Billy Nolen of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the FAA’s investigation into the booster failure experienced this Monday by Blue Origin’s New Shepard-23. In the letter, the Subcommittee leaders assert the seriousness of the situation and note the …  Continue Reading 

September 14, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds President Biden Actions to Advance U.S. Bioeconomy

(Washington, DC)— On Monday, President Biden signed an Executive Order on advancing biotechnology and biomanufacturing innovation for a sustainable, safe, and secure American Bioeconomy. Today the White House is hosting a Summit on biotechnology and biomanufacturing. The bioeconomy represents the intersection of products and services that come from biological resources. In August, Chairwoman Johnson’s Bioeconomy Research and Development Act became law as a provision within the …  Continue Reading 

September 12, 2022

Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chair Beyer Statement on Blue Origin New Shepard-23 Booster Failure

(Washington, DC)--Today, Blue Origin’s commercial suborbital launch vehicle, New Shepard-23 (NS-23), which launched from its launch site in West Texas, suffered a booster failure that caused the vehicle’s crew escape system to activate. The vehicle, which was reportedly carrying science payloads, was uncrewed and no humans were on board. However, the same booster design is used for the company’s commercial launches with humans, with six such crewed launches being carried …  Continue Reading 

September 12, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Speaks at 60th Anniversary Celebration of President Kennedy’s Speech that the U.S. would Go to the Moon

(Houston, TX) – Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson joined NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, other NASA officials, and Congressional colleagues at Rice University to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s speech announcing America’s intent to land humans on the Moon.  “Hello, I am Eddie Bernice Johnson, and I have the pleasure of chairing the Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. So, this is a great day for us, and …  Continue Reading 

September 09, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Arrives in Ohio to Join President Biden at Groundbreaking of New Intel Chip Factory

(Licking County, OH) – Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson arrived in Ohio to attend the groundbreaking of Intel’s newest U.S. manufacturing site. “It is incredible to see the CHIPS and Science Act already reaping benefits across the country, including solidifying Intel’s decision to invest in its first new U.S. manufacturing site in 40 years,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “Chip shortages continue to impact Americans across the …  Continue Reading 

August 28, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Arrives in Florida with Science Committee Colleagues to Attend Launch of Artemis I

(Cape Canaveral, FL)—Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson arrived in Florida with several Science, Space, and Technology Committee Members to attend the launch of Artemis I, which is slated for Monday morning. “As a dedicated supporter of our space exploration program, I am very delighted to be here in Florida to attend the launch of the Artemis I mission,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “This test flight will bring us one step closer to our return to …  Continue Reading 

August 26, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds EPA’s Proposal to Designate PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Substances under Superfund

(Dallas, TX) – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to designate two of the most prevalent PFAS—perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)— as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund. Listing these PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” under Superfund would provide increased transparency around releases of PFAS and help …  Continue Reading 

August 15, 2022

21 House Science Members Call for Robust DOE Office of Science Budget

(Washington, DC) – Last week, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Bill Foster (D-IL), and 19 other Members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology issued a letter to the Biden Administration calling for a robust budget request for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science in Fiscal Year 2024 and beyond, consistent with the landmark CHIPS and Science Act that President Biden …  Continue Reading 

August 12, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates House Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act

(Washington, DC)— Today, the House passed H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act. The Inflation Reduction Act is historic legislation that will lower costs for families, create millions of good-paying jobs, deliver the most significant action on climate in history, and dramatically reduce the deficit. The bill includes transformative funding for scientific infrastructure and operations at the Department of Energy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.   …  Continue Reading 

August 09, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates President Biden Signing the CHIPS and Science Act into Law

(Washington, DC)— Today, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law.   “Today, President Biden signed into law the most significant investment in American science, technology, and innovation in over a decade,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “We saw the critical need to revitalize support for our scientific enterprise and we answered it. With the enactment of the CHIPS and Science Act, we have the resources and support …  Continue Reading 

August 04, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Oil and Gas Operators Joining the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0

(Washington, DC) – Last month, three major U.S. oil and gas operators – ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, and Pioneer Natural Resources – announced their decision to join the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0. The OGMP 2.0 framework, a voluntary initiative overseen by the UN Environment Programme in collaboration with governments, environmental organizations, and oil and gas companies, represents the gold standard for methane emissions measurement and reporting in the oil and …  Continue Reading 

July 29, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson and Congresswoman Lofgren Applaud House Passage of Wildfire and Drought Package

(Washington, DC) – Today the House passed H.R. 5118, the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act, which includes provisions to address the effects of extreme drought and wildfire conditions that are being exacerbated by a warming climate. This comprehensive package of 49 bills includes language from Science Committee bills including H.R. 6012 the Wildfire Grid Resiliency Act, H.R. 8449 the Fire Ready Nation Act, H.R. 5781 the Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program …  Continue Reading 

July 28, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates Passage of the CHIPS and Science Act

(Washington, DC)— Today, the House passed the CHIPS and Science Act. The CHIPS and Science Act includes provisions that make historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackle supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolster America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthen America’s economic and national security at home and abroad. “Today marks the beginning of a revitalized and stronger future …  Continue Reading 

July 28, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Urges Support of the CHIPS and Science Act on House Floor

(Washington, DC)— Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) spoke on the House floor during consideration of H.R. 4346, the CHIPS and Science Act, which includes transformative, bipartisan legislation from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) floor statement as prepared for the record is below. I stand before you today to strongly urge support for the CHIPS and Science Act. The CHIPS Act and the bipartisan Science, …  Continue Reading 

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