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July 30, 2021

Science Committee Members Stansbury and Kim Lead in Introducing Bipartisan Partnerships for Energy Security and Innovation Act

(Washington, DC) - To ensure that research and technology development carried out by our National Laboratories and other programs stimulates cutting-edge innovation and local economic development, Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury (D-NM), the newest member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, introduced the Partnerships for Energy Security and Innovation Act (H.R. 4863) with Congresswoman Young Kim (R-CA) and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member Frank …  Continue Reading 

July 30, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on La Porte TX Facility Chemical Leak

(Washington, DC) - On Tuesday night, a facility in La Porte, Texas began leaking 100,000 pounds of acetic acid, killing two and sending 30 workers to the hospital. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has deployed a team to the incident site. The CSB, tasked with investigating chemical incidents and relaying recommendations to industry and to and regulatory agencies, currently has a backlog of 19 site investigations. The chair of the CSB is currently the only member. …  Continue Reading 

July 27, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Celebrate Successful Markup of Five Bipartisan Innovation Bills

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a full Committee markup on H.R. 4609, the "National Institute of Standards and Technology for the Future Act of 2021," H.R. 3858, the "National Science and Technology Strategy Act of 2021," H.R. 4588, the "Regional Innovation Act of 2021," H.R. 4606, the "Energizing Technology Transfer Act," and H.R. 4599, the "Steel Upgrading Partnerships and Emissions Reduction Act." "I am very excited to report these five …  Continue Reading 

July 26, 2021

Representatives Foster and Obernolte Urge OSTP Examine Nation’s Lab Biosafety Policies

(Washington, DC) - Last week, Chairman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Ranking Member Jay Obernolte (R-CA) of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight sent a letter to Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Lander requesting a review of the adequacy and implementation of their oversight policies for life sciences dual use research of concern and federally-funded research on potential pandemic pathogens. The OSTP advises the President and others within the Executive Office of …  Continue Reading 

July 23, 2021

Science Committee Members Ross and Meijer Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Facilitate Commercial Application of Clean Energy Technology

(Washington, D.C.) - Earlier this week, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (D-NC) was joined by Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI) to introduce H.R. 4606, the Energizing Technology Transfer Act, bipartisan legislation that will leverage federal resources to grow technology transfer programs and public-private partnerships to address climate change. Specifically, this legislation would allow universities and private sector companies the opportunity to capitalize on the Department of Energy's research to …  Continue Reading 

July 21, 2021

Science Committee Members Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize NIST

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Research and Technology Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Mike Waltz (R-FL) along with Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced the NIST for the Future Act. The NIST for the Future Act is a comprehensive reauthorization of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). "NIST is a critical agency that supports U.S. …  Continue Reading 

July 21, 2021

Science Committee Member Rep. Wild Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Create Regional Innovation Hubs

(Washington, DC) - This week, Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) introduced the Regional Innovation Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation to bolster American technology leadership by creating new regional hubs of innovation. The bill would incentivize collaborative partnerships between local governments, colleges and universities, private industry, non-profits, and community organizations to promote and support regional technology hubs in places like the Greater Lehigh Valley. Rep. Wild is a …  Continue Reading 

July 20, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Nomination of Dr. Laurie Locascio to Lead NIST

(Washington, DC) - On Friday, July 16, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Laurie E. Locascio, Ph.D. for Under Secretary for Standards and Technology at the Department of Commerce and Director of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). "I'm pleased to congratulate Dr. Locascio on her nomination for Under Secretary for Standards and Technology at the Department of Commerce and Director of NIST," said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). "With an impressive …  Continue Reading 

July 19, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Emphasize Continued Need for Effective Spectrum Management after Release of GAO Report

(Washington, DC) - Today the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report, Spectrum Management: Agencies Should Strengthen Collaborative Mechanisms and Processes to Address Potential Interference. The report, which was requested by Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas in December of 2019, examined how spectrum interference concerns were treated during the design of the Federal Communications Commission's 24 GHz spectrum auction, how the National Aeronautics and …  Continue Reading 

July 19, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Introduce Legislation to Advance Engineering Biology Research

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) along with Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced the Bioeconomy Research and Development Act of 2021. This legislation would establish a National Engineering Biology Research and Development Program to advance engineering biology research. The bill would also expand the number of engineering biology researchers; accelerate the translation and commercialization of engineering biology; and improve interagency planning and …  Continue Reading 

July 01, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on House Passage of the INVEST in America Act

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) released the following statement after voting to pass the INVEST in America Act-a $715 billion bipartisan plan to rebuild and reimagine our nation's infrastructure, while also creating good-paying jobs and addressing the climate crisis. "As the senior Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was proud to support the INVEST in America Act on the floor today," said Chairwoman Johnson. "This bill will …  Continue Reading 

June 30, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Announcement of NASA’s Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers Directors

(Washington, DC) - Today, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson named Vanessa Wyche, to serve as the director of the agency's Johnson Space Center. Janet Petro was named director of the agency's Kennedy Space Center. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "Administrator Nelson has selected two exceptional women to lead the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers. I am confident that Vanessa Wyche, a 31-year NASA veteran, will be an invaluable asset as the United States …  Continue Reading 

June 28, 2021

Science Committee Leaders Celebrate Passage of Legislation to Fund American Science and Innovation at NSF and DOE

(Washington, DC)-Today, the House passed H.R. 2225, the National Science Foundation for the Future Act by a vote of 345-67 and H.R. 3593, the Department of Energy Science for the Future Act by a vote of 351-68. The United States has long been a beacon of excellence in science and engineering," said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) "We are at a time of markedly increased global competition in research and development. However, while we should be cognizant of our increasing global …  Continue Reading 

June 16, 2021

Chairwoman Sherrill Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Redefine NOAA Chief Scientist Qualifications, Guidelines

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) of the Subcommittee on Environment introduced the NOAA Chief Scientist Act with Congressman Randy Feenstra (R-IA). Under current law, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Chief Scientist is appointed by the president and given a broad outline of their duties, but details on the qualifications of who would be eligible to serve as Chief Scientist or how the Chief Scientist establishes standards within NOAA's …  Continue Reading 

June 15, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates Successful and Bipartisan Committee Markup on Delivering for the Future

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a full committee markup on H.R. 2225, the "National Science Foundation for the Future Act" and H.R. 3593, the "Department of Energy Science for the Future Act." The full Committee voted to favorably advance both bipartisan bills. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has been working diligently for over a year with the …  Continue Reading 

June 14, 2021

Chairs Johnson and Foster Applaud Administration Pledge to Provide 500 Million U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines for Global Distribution

(Washington, DC) - Last week, the United States and G-7 Leaders announced the commitment to provide more than one billion safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to accelerate global coverage. As part of this effort, the Biden Administration announced that the United States will provide 500 million doses. This is the world's largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a single country. "Getting vaccinated is the clear path forward towards ending the COVID-19 pandemic," said Chairwoman …  Continue Reading 

June 14, 2021

Science Committee Members Introduce Legislation to Create a National Strategy for Science and Technology

(Washington, DC) - Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Members Congresswoman Deborah Ross (D-NC) and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Ranking Member Michael Waltz (R-FL) were joined by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) to introduce legislation establishing a national strategy for science and technology. H.R. 3858, the National Science and Technology Strategy Act of 2021 directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy …  Continue Reading 

June 10, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds EPA Decision to Re-examine Trump Administration National Ambient Air Quality Standards

(Dallas, TX) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it would reconsider the previous administration's decision to retain the particulate matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (PM NAAQS) in December 2020. This decision reflects the current scientific and technical evidence that indicates the current standards do not adequately protect public health and welfare. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "I am pleased to see that …  Continue Reading 

June 07, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on May 2021 Record-Breaking Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels

(Dallas, TX) - Today, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego released the May 2021 atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements. The data collected show the highest level of atmospheric carbon dioxide since accurate measuring began 63 years ago. These measurements, taken at NOAA's Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, are instrumental in allowing us to determine how much …  Continue Reading 

May 28, 2021

Committee Leaders Introduce Surface Transportation Research & Development Act of 2021

(Washington, DC) - Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) along with Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Michael Waltz (R-FL) of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology introduced the Surface Transportation Research and Development Act of 2021. This legislation will support research and development to accelerate progress toward a safer and more efficient, equitable, and resilient …  Continue Reading 

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