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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 In the video, the President was shown holding an out-of-date forecast of Hurricane Dorian that appeared to have been modified to suggest a forecasted impact to Alabama.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 

July 20, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

(Washington, DC) - Today marks 50 years since humankind first walked upon the surface of the moon. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "In the morning of July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin lifted off from NASA's Cape Kennedy. That day, millions watched in awe as NASA launched Apollo 11's Saturn V rocket and began the long journey to accomplish the goal set by President Kennedy less than 10 years earlier, to land a man on the …  Continue Reading 

July 18, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Demands EPA Explain Removal of Formaldehyde Assessment from IRIS Program Outlook

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler demanding responses 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-cutting short reviews already in process. Despite numerous opportunities over the past five months, the EPA has failed to provide a reasonable …  Continue Reading 

July 16, 2019

Committee Leaders Introduce Legislation to Preserve Apollo 11 Moon Landing Sites

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced H.R. 3766, the "One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act" with Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics' Chairwoman Kendra Horn (D-OK) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Brian Babin (R-TX). This bill would require that all licenses issued by the U.S. government for space operations have requirements concerning preservation of the Apollo landing sites. The bill also contains a …  Continue Reading 

July 12, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Seeks Information on Implementation of FACA Executive Order

(Washington, DC) - Following President Trump's July 14, 2019, Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent letters to the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric …  Continue Reading 

July 11, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson’s Statement on Stalled White House Climate Panel

(Washington, DC) - According to recent media reports, the proposed White House panel within the National Security Council (NSC) that would conduct a review of climate science has been indefinitely delayed. In February 2019, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee, along with the Chairmen of the Armed Services, Energy & Commerce, and Natural Resources Committees wrote to President Trump to express concerns about the proposed panel. …  Continue Reading 

July 11, 2019

Chairwomen Johnson and Horn React to the Reassignment of NASA’s Gerstenmaier and Hill

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) leadership reassigned Mr. William H. Gerstenmaier from his post as Associate Administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. He will now serve as special assistant to NASA's Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard. Mr. William Hill, who served with Gerstenmaier as Deputy Associate Administrator of HEO, was also reassigned to now serve as a special advisor to NASA's Associate …  Continue Reading 

June 26, 2019

Committee Chairs Again Request Information from EPA on Decision to Halt Post-Hurricane Harvey Air Pollution Monitoring

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Subcommittee on Environment Chair Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), and Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) sent a third letter to Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting all pertinent documents and correspondence in relation to the decision making process that prevented the NASA Atmospheric Tomography Mission from participating in the post-hurricane response …  Continue Reading 

June 19, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson’s Statement on Clean Power Plan Replacement Rule

(Washington, DC) - Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final text of the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), which serves as a replacement of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. This rule establishes new emission guidelines for states as they develop plans to limit and address greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired electric generating units (EGU). Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "The Trump …  Continue Reading 

June 19, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Request Federal Studies of Frequency Spectrum Proposed for 5G Communications

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine requesting all studies and analyses conducted by NOAA and NASA regarding the impacts of the FCC's proposed 5G transmissions in the 24 GHz band and the adjacent 23.8 GHz band; a timeline of events; and all documents and communications pertinent to the analyses and recommendations on 5G …  Continue Reading 

June 11, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Rep. González-Colón Introduce the Vera Rubin Survey Telescope Designation Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) introduced H.R. 3196, the "Vera Rubin Survey Telescope Designation Act." H.R. 3196 would designate the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a National Science Foundation and Department of Energy funded telescope that is currently under construction on a mountaintop site in northern Chile, as the "Vera Rubin Survey Telescope." Dr. Vera Rubin, a renowned …  Continue Reading 

June 07, 2019

Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chair Horn Comments on Opening the ISS to Commercial Opportunities

(Washington, DC) - Earlier today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that it will open the International Space Station (ISS) for commercial business and private astronaut missions with the goal of increasing the supply and demand of a low Earth orbit economy. This includes opportunities for commercial activities to be conducted on the ISS, the use of an ISS port for commercial module attachment, and partnership with industry to develop free-flying commercial …  Continue Reading 

June 05, 2019

Committee Members Celebrate House Passage of Ocean Acidification Legislation

(Washington, DC) - This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1237, the "COAST Research Act of 2019"; H.R. 1716, the "Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2019"; H.R. 1921, the "Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2019"; and H.R. 988, the "NEAR Act of 2019." These four bills address ocean acidification, the gradual decrease in oceanic pH due primarily to the absorption of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide by seawater, by reauthorizing and updating the Federal Ocean …  Continue Reading 

May 28, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Supports Sustained Funding of EPA’s Children’s Health Research

(Washington, DC) - Since 1997, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants program and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), housed within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have co-funded a number of Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers across the United States. These programs are now in jeopardy and are beginning to shutter, as EPA has not taken or solicited applications for their …  Continue Reading 

May 16, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Requests Recovery of Scott Pruitt’s Unethical Travel Costs

(Washington, DC) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report on former Administrator Scott Pruitt's travel costs, wrapping up one of over a dozen federal investigations of the former Administrator's tenure. The Inspector General (IG) report found that former Administrator Pruitt accrued $123,942 in improper first- and business-class travel accommodations. Furthermore, 16 of the 40 trips analyzed in the report included travel to or stops …  Continue Reading 

May 15, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Urges EPA Administrator Wheeler to Reinstate CASAC Review Panel

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to reinstate the Particulate Matter (PM) review panel of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Last October, Administrator Wheeler disbanded the Particulate Matter panel, which included two dozen researchers across relevant scientific disciplines assembled to inform air pollution standards. Instead, CASAC itself - a …  Continue Reading 

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