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December 12, 2019

Committee Chairs to Wheeler: “Instruct all staff at EPA to cooperate with the OIG”

"You must ensure that Agency employees cooperate with the Inspector General's independent investigations, as required by law" (Washington, DC) - Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler concerning efforts by …  Continue Reading 

December 11, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Express Concern Over Reported Harassment at NSF

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. France Córdova expressing their concern over recent incidents of harassment at NSF. In the letter, the Chairwoman and Ranking Member request to meet with Dr. Córdova to discuss the steps NSF is taking to address this issue and how the agency will prevent such problems from occurring in the future. "As leaders on …  Continue Reading 

December 11, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Urges Department of Homeland Security to Reassess BioDetection 21 Program

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Acting Assistant Secretary Gary Rasicot urging him to address concerns pertaining to the deployment of a new biodetection system called BioDetection 21 (BD21). BioWatch is the nation's existing biodetection program that provides early warning of a bioterrorist attack. Since the program's creation, BioWatch has cost $1.6 billion …  Continue Reading 

December 10, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Request GAO Evaluation on Spectrum Interference Issues

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller Gene Dodaro requesting an evaluation of how the Federal government, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) resolves spectrum interference issues and ensures that the spectrum is available to meet critical needs. Additionally, the …  Continue Reading 

December 10, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Seeks Outstanding Information from Department of Commerce on Hurricane Dorian Investigation

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a follow up letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on the Department's involvement in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) actions surrounding claims that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama. This letter follows up on the Chairwoman's September 11 and October 10 requests for information. "To date, we have received no responsive materials from the Department that would address the …  Continue Reading 

December 10, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Senator Coons Honor Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Awardees

(Washington, DC) - Last night in the U.S. Capitol, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and the Sloan Foundation honored Dr. Christine Darden, Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former NASA mathematician, data analyst, and aeronautical engineer. Katherine Johnson and her family and the families of Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were also recognized at the event. The event celebrated the passage of bipartisan legislation, introduced by Chairwoman …  Continue Reading 

December 09, 2019

House Passes Bipartisan Science Legislation

(Washington, DC) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered and passed five bipartisan Science, Space, and Technology Committee bills under suspension of the rules. "I am very pleased that today the House considered and passed five bipartisan Science Committee bills," said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). "These bills work to address U.S. competitiveness; ensure that traditionally underrepresented groups help drive U.S. innovation; and to find ways to detect online …  Continue Reading 

November 27, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on the Loss of William Ruckelshaus

(Washington, DC) - Earlier today, William D. Ruckelshaus, the first Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and former Deputy Attorney General, passed away. Mr. Ruckelshaus is largely credited with helping shape the EPA in the early 1970s. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "I am deeply saddened to learn that today we lost the 'father of the EPA,' William Ruckelshaus. As the first Administrator of the EPA and later as the Administrator …  Continue Reading 

November 22, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Responds to Science Committee Minority Members’ Letter of Concern

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) replied to a letter she received yesterday from the Republican Members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. The Chairwoman's letter reaffirms that the Science Committee's agenda under her leadership has and will continue to be constructive, bipartisan, and address strategies to maintain American competitiveness. A signed copy of the letter to Ranking Member Lucas can be found here, and the text is below. …  Continue Reading 

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 

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