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November 15, 2019

Science Committee Chairwoman Issues Subpoenas to EPA

(Washington, DC) - After eight months of delayed and insufficient responses in providing the Committee with information necessary for the oversight of the IRIS program and its review of the chemical formaldehyde, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) today issued two subpoenas to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These subpoenas follow a final request sent to the EPA on October 29 to hold a transcribed interview with Mr. David Dunlap; the response of the Office of Children's Health …  Continue Reading 

November 13, 2019

Committee Members Seek Answers from DOE on Sole-Source Award for Production of High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium

(Washington, DC) -Today, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee's Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Ralph Norman (R-SC) along with Energy Subcommittee Chairman Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Ranking Member Randy Weber (R-TX) sent a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry and Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette requesting information about the process under which the DOE selected and funded an award to Centrus Energy …  Continue Reading 

November 08, 2019

Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act is Signed into Law

(Washington, DC) - This afternoon, The White House announced that President Trump signed H.R. 1396, the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the legislation in the House of Representatives. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) was the lead sponsor in the Senate. "I am thrilled to hear that the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act has been signed into law by the President," said Chairwoman Johnson. "This bill was long overdue, and I would …  Continue Reading 

November 05, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on the Formal Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, President Trump formally notified the United Nations that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) statement is below. "For years, I have expressed my disapproval of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. It is embarrassing that the U.S. has now formally abandoned not only this international agreement but the Americans who are dealing with the very real …  Continue Reading 

October 29, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Sends Final Request to EPA on Integrated Risk Information System Program

(Washington, DC) - This morning, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent one final letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, seeking relevant documents and transcribed interviews with EPA staff. It was a follow-up to numerous previous requests related to the decision to remove formaldehyde and nine other chemical assessments from its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program outlook. The deadline for the EPA to fully cooperate is November 5. …  Continue Reading 

October 23, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Reiterates Concerns to FCC Over Interference with Accuracy of Weather Forecasts

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to follow up on a September 30, 2019, request for information to which the Committee has yet to receive a response. That letter requested any technical analysis conducted or reviewed by the FCC on out-of-band emissions limits under consideration for the 24.25-24.75 GHz spectrum band to be discussed at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference 2019, …  Continue Reading 

October 17, 2019

Senate Passes Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Senate considered and passed the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act. This bill awards the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest civilian honor, to Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Christine Darden, and all the women computers, mathematicians, and engineers at NASA, and its precursor organization the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), who devoted their talents in service to the United States from the 1930s to the …  Continue Reading 

October 15, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Congratulates Nobel Laureates

(Washington, DC) - Over the last week, the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine as well as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, established in 1968 in memory of Alfred Nobel, were announced. Each year, thousands of nominators submit candidates for the Nobel Prize and winners are announced in October. The list of Honored Laureates consists of: Dr. James Peebles, Physics Dr. Michel Mayor, Physics Dr. Didier Queloz, Physics Dr. John Goodenough, Chemistry Dr. M. …  Continue Reading 

October 10, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Follows Up on Investigation Into Reported Directives Regarding Hurricane Dorian

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Department of Commerce (Commerce) Secretary Wilbur Ross to follow up on the Department's involvement in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) actions surrounding claims that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama. Though the Committee has yet to receive any responsive materials from Commerce, NOAA's Acting Administrator, Dr. Neil Jacobs did agree to meet for a briefing with Science …  Continue Reading 

September 30, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Seeks Response to 5G Spectrum Studies

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai requesting any technical analysis that the FCC has conducted or reviewed on out-of-band emissions limits under consideration for the 24.25-24.75 GHz spectrum band to be discussed under Agenda Item 1.13 at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), slated to begin October 28. Attached to the letter are two studies prepared by NOAA and …  Continue Reading 

September 26, 2019

House Passes STEM Opportunities Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House of Representatives considered and passed Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) legislation H.R. 2528, the "STEM Opportunities Act" under suspension of the rules. This bill addresses the underrepresentation of women and racial and ethnic minority groups in research careers at institutions of higher education and at Federal laboratories. "This bill has been a long time coming," said Chairwoman Johnson. "Women already comprise 50 percent of the …  Continue Reading 

September 25, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson’s Statement on IPPC Ocean and Cryosphere Special Report

(Washington, DC) - Earlier today, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. This is the third special report to be released out of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment and is the first report to focus exclusively on the impacts of climate change on the world's oceans and ice. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "The findings of the IPCC Special Report on the …  Continue Reading 

September 19, 2019

House Passes Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House of Representatives considered and passed under suspension of the rules H.R. 1396, the "Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act." This bill, cosponsored by 314 Members of Congress, awards the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest civilian honor, to Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Christine Darden, and all the women computers, mathematicians, and engineers at NASA, and its precursor organization the National Advisory Committee for …  Continue Reading 

September 19, 2019

Committee Members Introduce Minority Serving Institution STEM Achievement Act

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) along with Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL) introduced H.R. 4372, the "MSI STEM Achievement Act." H.R. 4372 directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research to better understand the challenges minority serving institutions (MSIs) face, their contributions to the STEM workforce, and effective approaches to enhancing their capacity to compete for Federal STEM education and research funds. The bill also ensures …  Continue Reading 

September 16, 2019

Committee Leaders Demand Answers from EPA on Agency’s Efforts to Systemically Weaken the Role of Science

Washington, D.C. - Leaders of the Energy and Commerce and Science, Space, and Technology Committees sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler today demanding answers for the Agency's ongoing attempts to undermine and discredit the role of science. In October of 2018, EPA disbanded the panel of independent science experts that typically supports the work of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The Committee leaders are concerned …  Continue Reading 

September 12, 2019

Committee Leadership Continues to Investigate Reported NOAA Directives Concerning Hurricane Dorian

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Environment Subcommittee Chair Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Acting Administrator, Dr. Neil Jacobs, requesting information related to NOAA's involvement in the actions surrounding claims that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama. The House Science, Space, and Technology …  Continue Reading 

September 11, 2019

Committee Launches Investigation into Commerce Department’s Involvement in NOAA Actions Regarding Hurricane Dorian

(Washington, DC) - Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting information related to the Department's involvement in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) actions surrounding claims that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama, as well as requesting a briefing with Department of Commerce employees who may have been involved in any …  Continue Reading 

September 10, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson’s Reaction to Reported Threats by Commerce Secretary to Fire NOAA Officials Following Hurricane Tweets

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, the New York Times reported "Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency's Birmingham office contradicted President Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "I am extremely disturbed by the directive that NOAA leadership sent on September 6, which threatens the integrity and …  Continue Reading 

September 05, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Voices Concerns Over White House Video of Altered Hurricane Forecast Map

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to President Donald Trump questioning the contents of a video released yesterday afternoon by the White House Twitter account. In the video, the President was shown holding an out-of-date forecast of Hurricane Dorian that appeared to have been modified to suggest a forecasted impact to Alabama. "In times of emergency, the American public need to have confidence in the information being provided by the White …  Continue Reading 

July 31, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Introduces ARPA-E Reauthorization

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) along with Energy Subcommittee Chairman Conor Lamb (D-PA) introduced H.R. 4091, the "ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019." H.R. 4091 would authorize a substantial increase in ARPA-E's authorization level, starting with the FY 2020 House Energy & Water Appropriations mark of $428 million, and then rising to $1 billion in FY 2024. This level is consistent with the original recommendations of the National Academies for …  Continue Reading 

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