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February 28, 2022

Chairwomen Johnson and Sherrill Call for Action After IPCC Report Release

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report titled, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. The report details the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities on both a global and regional scale. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the limits of the natural world and humans to adapt to climate change. The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle, and this report is the second of …  Continue Reading 

February 24, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Justice Department Decision to End the China Initiative

(Washington, DC) — Yesterday, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen announced that the Justice Department is ending the China Initiative. The China Initiative, which began in 2018, has been criticized for engaging in racial profiling against researchers of Asian descent, and recent high-profile cases have resulted in dismissals and acquittals. Assistant AG Olsen announced that the DOJ will move forward with a more holistic approach to confront the greatest threats to research …  Continue Reading 

February 15, 2022

Chairs Johnson and Sherrill Statement on Interagency Sea Level Rise Report

(Washington, DC) --Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with several federal agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released the 2022 Interagency Sea Level Rise Technical Report. The report provides an update on sea level rise projections across the U.S. and its territories; the last sea level rise report was released in 2017. Among other key findings in the report, the …  Continue Reading 

February 07, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Request Details of White House Investigation of OSTP Director Lander’s Misconduct

(Washington, DC) – Today, Politico published an article outlining allegations of inappropriate behavior by Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Eric Lander. The article references an internal investigation conducted by the White House and disciplinary measures taken in response to the finding that Dr. Lander violated the Executive Office of the President’s Safe and Respectful Workplace Policy. In response, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking …  Continue Reading 

February 04, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson and Commerce Secretary Raimondo Look Toward Continued Partnership with America COMPETES

(Washington, DC) – Today, the House passed the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength Act of 2022. The America COMPETES Act makes historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackles supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolsters America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthens America’s economic and national security at home and abroad. …  Continue Reading 

February 04, 2022

Science Committee Members Celebrate Transformative Investments for Science and Innovation with House Passage of the America COMPETES Act

(Washington, DC) – Today, the House passed the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength Act of 2022. The America COMPETES Act makes historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackles supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolsters America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthens America’s economic and national security at home and abroad. …  Continue Reading 

February 04, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates House Passage of the America COMPETES Act of 2022

(Washington, DC) – Today, the House passed the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength Act of 2022. The America COMPETES Act makes historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackles supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolsters America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthens America’s economic and national security at home and abroad. …  Continue Reading 

February 04, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement at Press Conference on the America COMPETES Act

(Washington, DC) – Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Committee Chairs for a press conference on the America COMPETES Act of 2022, which includes transformative, bipartisan legislation from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) statement is below. It is a pleasure to be here with Speaker Pelosi and my fellow Committee Chairs, who have played important roles in bringing the …  Continue Reading 

February 02, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Floor Statement on House Consideration of the America COMPETES Act

(Washington, DC) – Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) spoke on the House floor during consideration of H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act of 2022, which includes transformative, bipartisan legislation from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) floor statement as prepared for the record is below. It is an honor to stand before this body today to speak in support of H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act of 2022. …  Continue Reading 

February 01, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Testifies Before House Committee on Rules in Support of America COMPETES Act

(Washington, DC) – Today, House Committee on Rules is considering H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act of 2022. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology testified in support of the America COMPETES Act of 2022, which includes transformative, bipartisan legislation from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) statement for the record is below. Chairman McGovern, Ranking …  Continue Reading 

January 27, 2022

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Statement on NASA Day of Remembrance

(Washington, DC) – Today, on NASA’s Day of Remembrance, we honor the NASA heroes who lost their lives while advancing our nation’s discovery and exploration of space. “NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance is an important time of reflection," said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). "As we look to the future and our ambitious goals in human space exploration, we must never forget the past-- the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our …  Continue Reading 

January 26, 2022

Signals from the Scientific Community: Support for NSF, DOE, and NIST Provisions in the America COMPETES Act of 2022

(Dallas, TX) – Yesterday, the House posted text of the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength Act of 2022. The America COMPETES Act of 2022 includes a historic investment to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackles supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolsters America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthens America’s economic and national security at …  Continue Reading 

January 25, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Joins House Leadership in Unveiling America COMPETES Act of 2022

(Dallas, TX) – Today, the House posted text of the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength Act of 2022. The America COMPETES Act of 2022 includes a historic investment to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackles supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolsters America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthens America’s economic and national security at …  Continue Reading 

January 24, 2022

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Celebrate James Webb Space Telescope Reaching Orbit

(Washington, DC) – Today, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) successfully reached its final destination at the second Lagrange point (L2). Over the next five months of commissioning, JWST will align its optics and calibrate its scientific instruments before the telescope begins collecting data. The main goals of Webb’s mission include searching for the first galaxies formed in the universe, observing the formation of stars, building our understanding of the evolution of …  Continue Reading 

January 12, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Interagency Task Force on Release of Scientific Integrity Report

(Dallas, TX) – Yesterday, the Scientific Integrity Fast-Track Action Committee (SI-FTAC) released a report entitled “Protecting the Integrity of Government Science.” SI-FTAC is an interagency task force of the National Science and Technology Council that was created in response to President Biden’s Presidential Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking, which was issued on January 27, 2021. SI-FTAC’s …  Continue Reading 

January 10, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on NOAA Assessment of U.S. Climate in 2021

(Dallas, TX) – Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that 2021 ranked as the fourth-warmest year on record, and that December 2021 was the warmest December ever recorded. NOAA also announced, “Last year, the U.S. experienced 20 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters that killed at least 688 people—the most disaster-related fatalities for the contiguous U.S. since 2011 and more than double last year’s …  Continue Reading 

December 25, 2021

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Celebrate Successful Launch of James Webb Space Telescope

(Washington, DC) – Today, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) successfully launched from the European Spaceport located near Kourou, French Guiana. Throughout the next month, the telescope will undergo its complex deployment process as it travels nearly one million miles to its destination in space. The main goals of Webb’s mission include searching for the first galaxies formed in the universe, observing the formation of stars, building our understanding of the evolution of …  Continue Reading 

December 20, 2021

Chairwomen Johnson and Sherrill Congratulate NWS Director Louis Uccellini on Retirement

(Washington, DC) – On January 1, 2022, Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will retire after over 40 years in public service. Dr. Uccellini has been at NWS for the past three decades and has served as its Director for the past nine years.     “I’d like to extend my best wishes to Dr. Uccellini on his …  Continue Reading 

December 16, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Release of IARPC Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026

(Dallas, TX)—Yesterday, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) released the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. The IARPC Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 addresses the most pressing Arctic research needs that require a collaborative approach and can advance understanding of the Arctic and climate change, inform policy and planning decisions, and promote the well-being of Arctic and global communities. The priorities of the Arctic Research Plan were identified by Arctic …  Continue Reading 

December 14, 2021

Science Committee Members Tonko and Ellzey Introduce Bipartisan Microelectronics Research Legislation

(Washington, DC) – Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Jake Ellzey (R-TX) today introduced the bipartisan Microelectronics Research for Energy Innovation Act (Micro Act) that would empower the Department of Energy to drive up research and development of microelectronics.   “Manufacturing microelectronics has proven an essential industry in the push to establish a 21st century economy,” said Representative Tonko. “Investing in this innovative technology will …  Continue Reading 

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