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January 15, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Congratulates President-elect on Assembly of Diverse and Distinguished Science Team

(Washington, DC) - Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced his selection of Dr. Eric Lander as Presidential Science Advisor-designate and as nominee for Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a position the President-elect is elevating to Cabinet-level. Additionally, he announced the following individuals will join his science team: Dr. Alondra Nelson, OSTP Deputy Director for Science and Society Dr. Frances H. Arnold and Dr. Maria Zuber, Co-Chairs of the …  Continue Reading 

January 15, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Requests an Investigation into “Climate Change Flyers”

(Washington, DC) - Last night, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson requesting an investigation on a series of papers entitled the 'Climate Change Flyers'. These flyers published last week, bore the seal of the Executive Office of the President and copyright notice of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) without permission or approval from OSTP leadership. The so-called 'Climate Change …  Continue Reading 

January 14, 2021

NASA Announces 2020 Tied for Hottest Year on Record

Washington, DC) - Today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their annual assessment of global temperatures and climate conditions. NASA's analysis found that 2020 tied with 2016 as the hottest year on record, while NOAA's analysis identified 2020 as the second hottest year by .04 degrees Fahrenheit. This follows the release of new data from Copernicus Climate Change Service, a program of the European …  Continue Reading 

January 12, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on the Publication of So-Called ‘Climate Change Flyers’

(Washington, DC) - Last week, a series of papers entitled the 'Climate Change Flyers' were published by senior administration officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a non-governmental website. These flyers make a wide range of disputed claims to undermine widely accepted facts about climate science. The series of papers bore the copyright of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the official White House seal without permission or …  Continue Reading 

January 08, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Urges President-Elect Biden to Prioritize Rollback of EPA Rule to Undermine Federal Scientific Policymaking on Day One of Presidency

(Washington, DC)-Yesterday, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to President-Elect Biden urging his Administration to prioritize rolling back the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information" rule, which was finalized this Wednesday. The rule would prohibit the Agency from properly considering scientific studies in its regulatory process that do not make …  Continue Reading 

January 05, 2021

Lucas and Johnson Bill Will Improve STEM Education in Rural Communities

(Washington, DC) - House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) released a bill today to improve science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science (STEM) education in rural communities. The Rural STEM Education Research Act addresses iniquities faced by rural students that make it harder to access quality STEM education. These are driven by a wide variety of challenges, including shortages of …  Continue Reading 

January 05, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Introduce Legislation to Increase Diversity in the STEM Workforce

(Washington, DC) - Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced the STEM Opportunities Act. This legislation will support policy reforms, research, and data collection to identify and lower barriers facing women, minorities, and other groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies and research careers. Similar legislation has been introduced every …  Continue Reading 

January 05, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Voices Objections to Final Rule Undermining Federal Scientific Policymaking

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the pre-publication version of the "Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information" final rule, which was signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on December 30. The final rule would prohibit the Agency from properly considering scientific studies in its regulatory process that do not make their underlying data publicly available for …  Continue Reading 

January 05, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Introduce Legislation to Support Early-Career Researchers During and After Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced H.R. 144, the Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act. This legislation creates a new postdoctoral fellowship program at the National Science Foundation to help support career researchers whose employment opportunities have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. The goal of this fellowship program would be to prevent the …  Continue Reading 

December 21, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates Passage of Robust Energy Policy in FY21 Omnibus

(Dallas, TX) - Today, the House of Representatives considered and passed legislation providing further funding for Fiscal Year 2021. Included was the Energy Act of 2020 which supports and directs the Department of Energy to conduct comprehensive clean energy research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities that will be key to achieving meaningful carbon pollution reduction targets as quickly as possible and supporting a clean energy economy. These policies are strongly …  Continue Reading 

December 17, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson Voices Support for Biden Energy and Environment Nominees

(Dallas, TX) - This evening, President-elect Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts. Governor Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of the Department of EnergyMichael Regan, Environmental Protection Agency AdministratorBrenda Mallory, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental QualityAdministrator Gina McCarthy, National Climate AdvisorAli Zaidi, Deputy National Climate Advisor Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Jonson (D-TX) made the following …  Continue Reading 

December 16, 2020

House Passes Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Preserve Apollo Landing Site Heritage

(Washington, DC) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Senate companion bill to H.R. 3766, the "One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act." H.R. 3766 was introduced in July 2019 by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairwoman Kendra Horn (D-OK), and Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Ranking Member Brian Babin (R-TX). The Senate companion, S. 1694, that passed the House …  Continue Reading 

December 09, 2020

Academies Report Shows NASA Must Improve Diversity in University Leadership Initiative Program

(Washington, DC) - Today, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine's (NASEM) Committee to Assess NASA's University Leadership Initiative released a new consensus study report entitled, "Assessing NASA's University Leadership Initiative." This report was initiated by a provision in H.R. 5666, the NASA Authorization Act of 2020, directing NASA to review an aeronautics University Leadership Initiative (ULI) program. The University Leadership Initiative was created by NASA to …  Continue Reading 

December 08, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Applaud Passage of AI Initiative in Final NDAA Conference Report

(Washington, DC) - Today, the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report passed the House floor. Included was an amendment to create a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative to accelerate and coordinate Federal investments and facilitate new public-private partnerships in research, standards, and education in artificial intelligence in order to ensure the United States leads the world in the development and use of trustworthy artificial intelligence systems. This …  Continue Reading 

December 03, 2020

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Re-elected to Serve as Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman

(Dallas, TX) - Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) was unanimously re-elected to serve as the Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee for the 117th Congress by the House Democratic Caucus. Congresswoman Johnson is the first African American and the first female Chair of the Science Committee. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "I am thrilled and honored to have been re-elected to serve as the Chairwoman of the …  Continue Reading 

December 03, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on 2020 Lancet Countdown Report

(Dallas, TX) -Today, The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal, launched its 2020 Countdown on Health and Climate Change Global Report and U.S. Policy Brief. The annual report and brief, which the Lancet has released since 2016, tracks the impact of climate change on human health. This year's brief highlights the role of climate change in exacerbating health inequities and injustices. It provides recommendations such as transitioning to healthy, sustainable agricultural practices, removing …  Continue Reading 

December 02, 2020

Chairwomen Johnson and Sherrill Statements on 50th Anniversary of EPA

(Washington, DC) -In the 1960s, the deterioration of America's environment, and its impacts on human health, were at the forefront of public discourse. To address these concerns, President Nixon proposed a plan to Congress in early 1970 that would consolidate federal environmental research, monitoring, and enforcement duties into one agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the EPA and the confirmation of William Ruckelshaus by …  Continue Reading 

November 24, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Biden Administration Pledge to Elevate Climate Issues

(Dallas, TX) - Shortly after being declared the presumptive winner of the 2020 presidential election, President-elect Joe Biden released the incoming Administration's four top priorities on his transition website, which included addressing climate change. Yesterday, the Biden transition team named former Secretary of State John Kerry to serve as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, a newly established position, that would have a seat on Biden's National Security Council (NSC). This is the …  Continue Reading 

November 23, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson Questions David Legates Appointment to New Senior-Level NOAA Role and Detail to USGCRP

(Dallas, TX) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Neil Jacobs, questioning the creation of a new senior-level position within NOAA and the immediate appointment of David Legates to serve in that role as a Schedule C appointee. Congressional Committees were not given advance notice of the …  Continue Reading 

November 21, 2020

Chairwomen Johnson and Horn Statement on Successful Launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite

(Washington, DC) - Today the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Earth observing satellite will monitor sea level and collect atmospheric data to improve our understanding of our changing climate. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is a joint U.S.-European mission named to honor former director of NASA's Earth Science Division, Dr. Michael Freilich, who passed away this summer. This is the first international satellite mission to study the …  Continue Reading 

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