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July 28, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Cybersecurity Issues for Civil and Commercial Space Systems

(Washington, DC) – Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics is holding a hearing titled, "Exploring Cyber Space: Cybersecurity Issues for Civil and Commercial Space Systems"   Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX), opening statement as prepared for the record is below.   Good morning,   Thank you, Chairman Beyer, for holding today’s hearing on cybersecurity for civil …  Continue Reading 

July 27, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds House Passage of 8 House Science Bills

(Washington, DC) – This week, the House of Representatives passed 8 bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. “The Science Committee is committed to finding solutions with science at the forefront to address the challenges facing Americans,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. “I am pleased the House passed bipartisan legislation this week that will support STEM students and researchers, ensure Americans have …  Continue Reading 

July 27, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Prepares for House Consideration of CHIPS and Science Act

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Senate passed the CHIPS and Science Act and the House plans to consider the bill this week. The CHIPS and Science Act includes provisions from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology that make historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackle supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolster America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthen America’s economic …  Continue Reading 

July 26, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Biden Administration on Launch of Heat.gov

(Washington, DC)—Today, the Biden Administration launched Heat.gov through the interagency National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) which is developed by NOAA and the CDC. Extreme heat has caused the greatest number of weather-related deaths since 1992 and was responsible for the highest number of weather fatalities in 2021. Heat-related morbidity and mortality can be significantly prevented with access to extreme heat education, preparation, and measures. By becoming …  Continue Reading 

July 20, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement in Response to Senate Motion to Proceed on Semiconductor Chips and R&D Priorities

(Washington, DC)— Last night, the Senate agreed to a motion to proceed on science and innovation legislation that includes provisions on semiconductor chips and research and development priorities. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. “The legislation that moved forward in the Senate last night, H.R. 4346, represents months of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations. The majority of this bill is made up of bipartisan provisions that started in the …  Continue Reading 

July 11, 2022

Science Committee Leaders Johnson, Lucas, Beyer, and Babin Celebrate First Image from James Webb Space Telescope

(Washington, DC) – This evening President Biden unveiled the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) first full-color scientific image. Webb, the largest and most complex observatory ever launched into space, has been preparing to begin its science work over the last six months. The image release marks the beginning of Webb’s science operations. JWST is an international collaboration among the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), …  Continue Reading 

June 30, 2022

Chairwoman Sherrill Applauds NOAA's Climate Ready Coasts Initiative

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will administer funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to address the climate crisis and increase coastal communities’ resilience to climate change. Over the next five years, the Climate Ready Coasts initiative will invest $1.467 billion to build costal resilience, restore costal habitats, and advance climate data and services.   …  Continue Reading 

June 30, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on SCOTUS Decision that Undermines EPA Authority

(Dallas, TX)—Today, the Supreme Court narrowed EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants in its decision in West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In January 2022, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) joined Chairs Pallone (D-NJ), Castor (D-FL), and over 190 Members of the House and Senate, in submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on this case, expressing support for EPA’s ability, which was provided by …  Continue Reading 

June 29, 2022

Science Committee Members Introduce Bill to Build a Strong and Diverse Chip Workforce

(Washington, DC)—Yesterday, Subcommittee on Research and Technology Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) introduced H.R. 8251, the Creating Helpful Initiatives to Produce Personnel in Needed Growth Industries or, the CHIPPING IN Act of 2022. Chairwoman Stevens was joined by Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), and Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) in introducing this legislation. The CHIPPING IN Act will support the growth, retention, and development of a diverse, flexible, and …  Continue Reading 

June 21, 2022

Chairwomen Johnson and Stevens Congratulate Dr. Arati Prabhakar on Her Nomination to Serve as OSTP Director

(Washington, DC) — Today, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and, once confirmed, as the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. Dr. Prabhakar previously served as the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). “We are delighted to congratulate Dr. Arati Prabhakar …  Continue Reading 

June 17, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Joins DOE Secretary Granholm to Congratulate Lennox International on First Next-Generation Heat Pump

(Dallas, TX) — Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) joined Department of Energy Secretary Granholm for the announcement that American heat pump manufacturer Lennox International became the first manufacturer to make a next-generation heat pump that has passed laboratory performance testing for the Department of Energy’s Residential Cold Climate Heat Pump Challenge. These heat pumps will heat homes better and more efficiently than current technologies. “As …  Continue Reading 

June 16, 2022

Science Committee Members’ Statement on Release of Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia GAO Report

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia. The report was originally requested in April 2020 by 11 Members of Congress including Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Environment Subcommittee Chair Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL), Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL), and Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL). …  Continue Reading 

June 08, 2022

Science Committee Majority Staff Report Finds Oil and Gas Sector Fails to Quantify and Address Super-Emitting Methane Leaks

(Washington, DC) – Today, during the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's hearing, “Detecting and Quantifying Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector,” a Majority staff report on the oil and gas sector’s approach to addressing methane emissions was submitted for the record. The staff report, “Seeing CH4 Clearly: Science-Based Approaches to Methane Monitoring in the Oil and Gas Sector,” assesses the sector’s use of Methane …  Continue Reading 

June 07, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Congratulates Kenneth Graham on Selection to Serve as NWS Director

(Dallas, TX) – Today, Kenneth Graham has been selected as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and as the 17th Director of NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS). Mr. Graham was selected by the Administrator of NOAA and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Rick Spinrad, and approved by the Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “I welcome and congratulate Mr. Kenneth Graham on his selection as …  Continue Reading 

May 23, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Release of NOAA's Annual Greenhouse Gas Index

(Dallas, TX)—Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI) for 2021. In the Index, NOAA found that pollution has caused a 49% increase in trapped heat in the atmosphere since 1990. Methane emissions in 2021 alone were estimated to be 15% greater than from 1984-2006. The AGGI is based on thousands of samples collected globally from NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, and tracks increases in the warming …  Continue Reading 

May 20, 2022

Chairwoman Stevens Reflects on Michigan Field Hearing on the Future of the Electric Vehicle Workforce

(Pontiac, MI) - Today, Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) hosted a Research and Technology Subcommittee hearing at the Oakland County Commission Chambers in Pontiac, Michigan. The hearing, entitled, “Building a Workforce to Navigate the Electric Vehicle Workforce,” gave Members an opportunity to explore the workforce needs for the automotive mobility and electrification industry in order to position the United States at the center of growth for electric vehicles …  Continue Reading 

April 22, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Earth Day

(Dallas, TX)— Every year on April 22, communities around the world celebrate Earth Day, a day dedicated to bringing attention to the health and protection of the environment. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. “Since its founding, Earth Day has been a day of activism. Today, as we celebrate our remarkable planet, we also join together in the fight to protect our environment. After another year of severe storms, wildfires, and flooding, it is …  Continue Reading 

April 20, 2022

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Statement on Release of Decadal Survey on Planetary Science and Astrobiology

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Committee on Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey released a new consensus study, “Origins, Worlds, and Life: A Decadal Strategy for Planetary Science and Astrobiology 2023-2032.” The report defines 12 priority science questions across three scientific themes – origins, worlds and processes, and life and habitability – to help identify …  Continue Reading 

April 19, 2022

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Applaud Biden-Harris Administration’s Commitment to Setting Peaceful International Norms in Space

(Washington, DC)—Yesterday, Vice President and National Space Council Chair, Kamala Harris, visited Vandenberg Space Force Base in California where she announced the United States’ commitment “not to conduct destructive, direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile testing.” Vice President Harris also announced that the United States is seeking to establish this commitment as a new international norm for responsible behavior in space, and called on other nations to …  Continue Reading 

April 14, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on EPA IRIS Release of Draft Formaldehyde Assessment

(Dallas, TX)— Today, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program issued its draft risk assessment on formaldehyde. The draft assessment concludes that there is a causal relationship between formaldehyde exposure and myeloid leukemia. The public comment period on the assessment is open until June 13, at which point the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will conduct a review. After a 2010 NASEM report on …  Continue Reading 

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