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January 24, 2022

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Celebrate James Webb Space Telescope Reaching Orbit

(Washington, DC) – Today, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) successfully reached its final destination at the second Lagrange point (L2). Over the next five months of commissioning, JWST will align its optics and calibrate its scientific instruments before the telescope begins collecting data. The main goals of Webb’s mission include searching for the first galaxies formed in the universe, observing the formation of stars, building our understanding of the evolution of …  Continue Reading 

January 12, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Interagency Task Force on Release of Scientific Integrity Report

(Dallas, TX) – Yesterday, the Scientific Integrity Fast-Track Action Committee (SI-FTAC) released a report entitled “Protecting the Integrity of Government Science.” SI-FTAC is an interagency task force of the National Science and Technology Council that was created in response to President Biden’s Presidential Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking, which was issued on January 27, 2021. SI-FTAC’s …  Continue Reading 

January 10, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on NOAA Assessment of U.S. Climate in 2021

(Dallas, TX) – Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that 2021 ranked as the fourth-warmest year on record, and that December 2021 was the warmest December ever recorded. NOAA also announced, “Last year, the U.S. experienced 20 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters that killed at least 688 people—the most disaster-related fatalities for the contiguous U.S. since 2011 and more than double last year’s …  Continue Reading 

December 25, 2021

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Celebrate Successful Launch of James Webb Space Telescope

(Washington, DC) – Today, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) successfully launched from the European Spaceport located near Kourou, French Guiana. Throughout the next month, the telescope will undergo its complex deployment process as it travels nearly one million miles to its destination in space. The main goals of Webb’s mission include searching for the first galaxies formed in the universe, observing the formation of stars, building our understanding of the evolution of …  Continue Reading 

December 20, 2021

Chairwomen Johnson and Sherrill Congratulate NWS Director Louis Uccellini on Retirement

(Washington, DC) – On January 1, 2022, Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will retire after over 40 years in public service. Dr. Uccellini has been at NWS for the past three decades and has served as its Director for the past nine years.     “I’d like to extend my best wishes to Dr. Uccellini on his …  Continue Reading 

December 16, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Release of IARPC Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026

(Dallas, TX)—Yesterday, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) released the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. The IARPC Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 addresses the most pressing Arctic research needs that require a collaborative approach and can advance understanding of the Arctic and climate change, inform policy and planning decisions, and promote the well-being of Arctic and global communities. The priorities of the Arctic Research Plan were identified by Arctic …  Continue Reading 

December 14, 2021

Science Committee Members Tonko and Ellzey Introduce Bipartisan Microelectronics Research Legislation

(Washington, DC) – Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Jake Ellzey (R-TX) today introduced the bipartisan Microelectronics Research for Energy Innovation Act (Micro Act) that would empower the Department of Energy to drive up research and development of microelectronics.   “Manufacturing microelectronics has proven an essential industry in the push to establish a 21st century economy,” said Representative Tonko. “Investing in this innovative technology will …  Continue Reading 

December 08, 2021

Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Leaders Beyer and Babin Statement on House Passage of NASA Enhanced Use Lease Extension Act of 2021

(Washington, DC) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5746, the NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2021. H.R. 5746 extends Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL) authority to NASA to effectively lease any underutilized, non-excess property owned by the Federal Government, and under NASA’s jurisdiction, to private sector entities, state and local governments, academic institutions, and other Federal agencies. Under its EUL authority, NASA may retain lease revenues and …  Continue Reading 

December 07, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Passing of NASA Senior Advisor Mark Geyer

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mark Geyer, senior advisor to National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) associate administrator Bob Cabana, and former center director at the Agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, passed away. Mr. Geyer began his NASA career at Johnson Space Center in 1990 and later served as its 12th director. “I offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Geyer’s wife, Jackie, and his family and friends,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson …  Continue Reading 

December 03, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Launches Inquiry on Oil and Gas Sector Methane Leaks

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent letters to ten oil and gas companies operating in the Permian Basin, to understand whether each company’s existing Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programs possess the capability to achieve wide-ranging, quantifiable emission reductions in oil and gas infrastructure methane leaks. The Committee is assessing whether additional policies and research may be required to support a stronger Federal role in …  Continue Reading 

November 19, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates House Passage of the Build Back Better Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House passed H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. The Build Back Better Act makes critical investments in our Nation's research enterprise that will help us address the climate crisis, rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic, promote innovation, and renew and repair our research infrastructure. The bill includes transformative funding for operations at the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Aeronautics …  Continue Reading 

November 17, 2021

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Statement on Space Debris Event from Russian ASAT Test

(Washington, DC) - On Monday, the U.S. Department of State confirmed that the Russian Ministry of Defense had performed an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons test, which created a dangerous field of space debris, threatening the International Space Station (ISS), the safety of the ISS crew, and other satellites and spacecraft operating in low earth orbit. The crew of the ISS were forced to carry out emergency safety procedures and take shelter in their crew capsules to reduce the risk from a …  Continue Reading 

November 10, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Joins Congressional Delegation to United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26)

(Washington, DC) - This week, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland on behalf of the United States House of Representatives. In Glasgow, the delegation is participating in bilateral meetings, panel discussions, and other engagements with global leaders on top climate priorities. The Chairwoman is joined by House Science, Space, and Technology Members Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), …  Continue Reading 

November 08, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Asks OSTP Director Lander to Protect Spectrum Access

(Washington, DC) - On Friday, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to Dr. Eric Lander, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, recommending that he issue a charge to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to report on strategies for protecting and enabling spectrum access and quality for science and operational applications. As demand for spectrum for mobile applications has increased …  Continue Reading 

November 04, 2021

Chairs Johnson, Beyer, and Stevens Statement on Release of Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020

(Washington, DC) - Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee for a Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020 released a new consensus study, "Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s." This report, also referred to as "Astro2020," is the seventh decadal survey in astronomy and astrophysics, and it presents the science goals and recommendations for the investments and activities in ground- and space-based astronomy …  Continue Reading 

November 02, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Bold Commitments to Tackle Methane Emissions

(Washington, DC) - Today, President Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Regan took bold steps towards cutting methane emissions. This morning, President Biden, along with the President of the European Commission, launched the Global Methane Pledge with the support of 100 nations, to reduce worldwide emissions of methane by 30% by 2030. Additionally, the EPA proposed a new Clean Air Act rule to sharply reduce pollution from the oil and natural gas industry, …  Continue Reading 

October 29, 2021

Western Science Committee Dems Introduce Comprehensive Authorization Bill to Improve U.S. Preparedness, Resilience & Response to Wildfires

The National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act will identify & invest in R&D; coordinate wildfire science efforts across federal government's science agencies (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, introduced H.R. 5781, National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act, a comprehensive science authorization bill that will …  Continue Reading 

October 20, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Lancet Health and Climate Change Global Report

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal, released its annual report: The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. The report, now in its sixth year, tracks the impact of climate change on human health. This year's report also details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for recovery investments to help build equitable mitigation and adaptation solutions to climate change. Among other important findings, the report highlights the inequities in …  Continue Reading 

October 20, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Asks EPA Administrator Regan to Review Toxic Substances Control Act Systematic Review Methodology

(Washington, DC) - Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan regarding concerns that the uncertainty surrounding the Systematic Review framework for risk evaluations conducted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could undermine confidence in the chemical risk assessments currently being developed by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution …  Continue Reading 

October 18, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Release of EPA’s PFAS Roadmap to Address Forever Chemicals

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its PFAS Strategic Roadmap to strengthen our approach to addressing PFAS. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of human-made chemicals that are found in a wide range of consumer products. A growing body of evidence has shown that these "forever chemicals" have been linked to adverse health outcomes such as cancer, infertility, impaired childhood development, and thyroid disease. The Roadmap is built …  Continue Reading 

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