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October 11, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Congratulates 2021 Nobel Laureates

(Dallas, TX) - Over the last week, the 2021 Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Peace as well as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, were announced. Each year, thousands of nominators submit candidates for the Nobel Prize, and Laureates are announced in October. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "Every year I am inspired by the groundbreaking accomplishments made by each of the individuals nominated for the Nobel …  Continue Reading 

October 08, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Start of National Academies Study on Advancing Anti-Racism in STEM Organizations

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) opened its call for nominations to build an interdisciplinary committee of distinguished individuals that will conduct a consensus study on "Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations." The study, which was requested by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson in 2020, will review the literature on bias and racism in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics …  Continue Reading 

September 28, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Urges Swift Consideration of President’s Nominee Christopher Frey as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development

(Washington, DC) - Last week, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Christopher Frey to serve as Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD). The ORD is a non-regulatory office within EPA that conducts leading-edge research and development that underpins the Agency's decisions. "I was pleased to see President Biden's announcement of his intent to nominate Dr. Christopher Frey to serve as Assistant …  Continue Reading 

September 27, 2021

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Congratulate NASA on the Successful Launch of Landsat 9

(Washington, DC) - Today, Landsat 9, a joint National Aeronauts and Space Administration (NASA) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) satellite mission, successfully launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The Landsat program is the longest-running spacecraft series for acquisition of satellite imagery; it's 49 years of providing continuous imagery of Earth's land surface has transformed the field of Earth science. Landsat data, which are free and available to the public, have …  Continue Reading 

September 22, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds President Biden’s Assembly of PCAST Members

(Washington, DC) - Today, President Biden announced the 30 members of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). "The President's announcement today of the 30 esteemed members of PCAST is a testament to the Biden Administration's commitment to ensuring our nation remains competitive and will continue to lead the world in science and technology," said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). "I am extremely pleased to learn that this group of distinguished …  Continue Reading 

September 21, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on the Passing of Former Chairman Sherwood Boehlert

(Washington, DC) - Last night, former New York Congressman and House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert passed away. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) statement is below. "Last night, my friend and former colleague Congressman Sherwood Boehlert passed away. Congressman Boehlert served as Chairman of the House Science Committee from 2000-2006. We served on opposite sides of the aisle, but I had no better partner in advancing legislation to strengthen the U.S. scientific …  Continue Reading 

August 25, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on State of the Climate in 2020 Report

(Dallas, TX) - Today, the American Meteorological Society published the 31st annual State of the Climate Report, led by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In the report, scientists conclude that in 2020, greenhouse gases concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere were the highest on record and global sea level rose to a new record for the ninth consecutive year-among other major findings. This annual report is an international collaboration, with the work …  Continue Reading 

August 18, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds EPA Decision to Ban Chlorpyrifos on Food

(Washington, DC) - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos on food. Chlorpyrifos is an agricultural pesticide that has been found to be neurotoxic to children and developing fetuses. The ban is a response to an order from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals directing a revocation of allowable residue levels in food. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson made the following statement: "I applaud Administrator Regan's decision to ban the use of …  Continue Reading 

August 17, 2021

Congresswomen Johnson and Lofgren Congratulate National Ignition Facility on Major Milestone Toward Fusion Ignition

(Washington, DC) - Today, Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) in Livermore, CA announced that an experiment at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) "made a significant step toward ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules (MJ). This advancement puts researchers at the threshold of fusion ignition, an important goal of the NIF, and opens access to a new experimental regime. The experiment was enabled by focusing laser light from NIF - the size of three football fields - onto a …  Continue Reading 

August 10, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Call for Standards to Avoid Spectrum Interference

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), along with Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), sent letters to the Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressing concerns about out-of-band emission (OOBE) limits to protect the integrity of global weather forecasting, satellite-based climate measurements, and ground-based radio astronomy observations in the 23.6-24 GHz band. "We urge the FCC to modify section 30.203 of its rules to fully conform …  Continue Reading 

August 09, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Calls for Strengthened Climate Action after IPCC Report Release

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report titled, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. A topline finding from authors of the report is that human influence has unequivocally warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land. The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle, and this report is the first of three working group reports that lead up to the release of the IPCC's Synthesis Report in 2022. "This report is a call to …  Continue Reading 

July 30, 2021

Science Committee Members Stansbury and Kim Lead in Introducing Bipartisan Partnerships for Energy Security and Innovation Act

(Washington, DC) - To ensure that research and technology development carried out by our National Laboratories and other programs stimulates cutting-edge innovation and local economic development, Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury (D-NM), the newest member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, introduced the Partnerships for Energy Security and Innovation Act (H.R. 4863) with Congresswoman Young Kim (R-CA) and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member Frank …  Continue Reading 

July 30, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on La Porte TX Facility Chemical Leak

(Washington, DC) - On Tuesday night, a facility in La Porte, Texas began leaking 100,000 pounds of acetic acid, killing two and sending 30 workers to the hospital. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has deployed a team to the incident site. The CSB, tasked with investigating chemical incidents and relaying recommendations to industry and to and regulatory agencies, currently has a backlog of 19 site investigations. The chair of the CSB is currently the only member. …  Continue Reading 

July 27, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Celebrate Successful Markup of Five Bipartisan Innovation Bills

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a full Committee markup on H.R. 4609, the "National Institute of Standards and Technology for the Future Act of 2021," H.R. 3858, the "National Science and Technology Strategy Act of 2021," H.R. 4588, the "Regional Innovation Act of 2021," H.R. 4606, the "Energizing Technology Transfer Act," and H.R. 4599, the "Steel Upgrading Partnerships and Emissions Reduction Act." "I am very excited to report these five …  Continue Reading 

July 26, 2021

Representatives Foster and Obernolte Urge OSTP Examine Nation’s Lab Biosafety Policies

(Washington, DC) - Last week, Chairman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Ranking Member Jay Obernolte (R-CA) of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight sent a letter to Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Lander requesting a review of the adequacy and implementation of their oversight policies for life sciences dual use research of concern and federally-funded research on potential pandemic pathogens. The OSTP advises the President and others within the Executive Office of …  Continue Reading 

July 23, 2021

Science Committee Members Ross and Meijer Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Facilitate Commercial Application of Clean Energy Technology

(Washington, D.C.) - Earlier this week, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (D-NC) was joined by Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI) to introduce H.R. 4606, the Energizing Technology Transfer Act, bipartisan legislation that will leverage federal resources to grow technology transfer programs and public-private partnerships to address climate change. Specifically, this legislation would allow universities and private sector companies the opportunity to capitalize on the Department of Energy's research to …  Continue Reading 

July 21, 2021

Science Committee Members Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize NIST

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Research and Technology Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Mike Waltz (R-FL) along with Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced the NIST for the Future Act. The NIST for the Future Act is a comprehensive reauthorization of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). "NIST is a critical agency that supports U.S. …  Continue Reading 

July 21, 2021

Science Committee Member Rep. Wild Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Create Regional Innovation Hubs

(Washington, DC) - This week, Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) introduced the Regional Innovation Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation to bolster American technology leadership by creating new regional hubs of innovation. The bill would incentivize collaborative partnerships between local governments, colleges and universities, private industry, non-profits, and community organizations to promote and support regional technology hubs in places like the Greater Lehigh Valley. Rep. Wild is a …  Continue Reading 

July 20, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Nomination of Dr. Laurie Locascio to Lead NIST

(Washington, DC) - On Friday, July 16, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Laurie E. Locascio, Ph.D. for Under Secretary for Standards and Technology at the Department of Commerce and Director of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). "I'm pleased to congratulate Dr. Locascio on her nomination for Under Secretary for Standards and Technology at the Department of Commerce and Director of NIST," said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). "With an impressive …  Continue Reading 

July 19, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Emphasize Continued Need for Effective Spectrum Management after Release of GAO Report

(Washington, DC) - Today the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report, Spectrum Management: Agencies Should Strengthen Collaborative Mechanisms and Processes to Address Potential Interference. The report, which was requested by Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas in December of 2019, examined how spectrum interference concerns were treated during the design of the Federal Communications Commission's 24 GHz spectrum auction, how the National Aeronautics and …  Continue Reading 

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