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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 

July 19, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Introduce Legislation to Advance Engineering Biology Research

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) along with Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced the Bioeconomy Research and Development Act of 2021. This legislation would establish a National Engineering Biology Research and Development Program to advance engineering biology research. The bill would also expand the number of engineering biology researchers; accelerate the translation and commercialization of engineering biology; and improve interagency planning and …  Continue Reading 

July 01, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on House Passage of the INVEST in America Act

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) released the following statement after voting to pass the INVEST in America Act-a $715 billion bipartisan plan to rebuild and reimagine our nation's infrastructure, while also creating good-paying jobs and addressing the climate crisis. "As the senior Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was proud to support the INVEST in America Act on the floor today," said Chairwoman Johnson. "This bill will …  Continue Reading 

June 30, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Announcement of NASA’s Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers Directors

(Washington, DC) - Today, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson named Vanessa Wyche, to serve as the director of the agency's Johnson Space Center. Janet Petro was named director of the agency's Kennedy Space Center. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "Administrator Nelson has selected two exceptional women to lead the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers. I am confident that Vanessa Wyche, a 31-year NASA veteran, will be an invaluable asset as the United States …  Continue Reading 

June 28, 2021

Science Committee Leaders Celebrate Passage of Legislation to Fund American Science and Innovation at NSF and DOE

(Washington, DC)-Today, the House passed H.R. 2225, the National Science Foundation for the Future Act by a vote of 345-67 and H.R. 3593, the Department of Energy Science for the Future Act by a vote of 351-68. The United States has long been a beacon of excellence in science and engineering," said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) "We are at a time of markedly increased global competition in research and development. However, while we should be cognizant of our increasing global …  Continue Reading 

June 16, 2021

Chairwoman Sherrill Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Redefine NOAA Chief Scientist Qualifications, Guidelines

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) of the Subcommittee on Environment introduced the NOAA Chief Scientist Act with Congressman Randy Feenstra (R-IA). Under current law, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Chief Scientist is appointed by the president and given a broad outline of their duties, but details on the qualifications of who would be eligible to serve as Chief Scientist or how the Chief Scientist establishes standards within NOAA's …  Continue Reading 

June 15, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates Successful and Bipartisan Committee Markup on Delivering for the Future

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a full committee markup on H.R. 2225, the "National Science Foundation for the Future Act" and H.R. 3593, the "Department of Energy Science for the Future Act." The full Committee voted to favorably advance both bipartisan bills. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has been working diligently for over a year with the …  Continue Reading 

June 14, 2021

Chairs Johnson and Foster Applaud Administration Pledge to Provide 500 Million U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines for Global Distribution

(Washington, DC) - Last week, the United States and G-7 Leaders announced the commitment to provide more than one billion safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to accelerate global coverage. As part of this effort, the Biden Administration announced that the United States will provide 500 million doses. This is the world's largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a single country. "Getting vaccinated is the clear path forward towards ending the COVID-19 pandemic," said Chairwoman …  Continue Reading 

June 14, 2021

Science Committee Members Introduce Legislation to Create a National Strategy for Science and Technology

(Washington, DC) - Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Members Congresswoman Deborah Ross (D-NC) and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Ranking Member Michael Waltz (R-FL) were joined by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) to introduce legislation establishing a national strategy for science and technology. H.R. 3858, the National Science and Technology Strategy Act of 2021 directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy …  Continue Reading 

June 10, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds EPA Decision to Re-examine Trump Administration National Ambient Air Quality Standards

(Dallas, TX) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it would reconsider the previous administration's decision to retain the particulate matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (PM NAAQS) in December 2020. This decision reflects the current scientific and technical evidence that indicates the current standards do not adequately protect public health and welfare. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "I am pleased to see that …  Continue Reading 

June 07, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on May 2021 Record-Breaking Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels

(Dallas, TX) - Today, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego released the May 2021 atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements. The data collected show the highest level of atmospheric carbon dioxide since accurate measuring began 63 years ago. These measurements, taken at NOAA's Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, are instrumental in allowing us to determine how much …  Continue Reading 

May 28, 2021

Committee Leaders Introduce Surface Transportation Research & Development Act of 2021

(Washington, DC) - Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) along with Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Michael Waltz (R-FL) of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology introduced the Surface Transportation Research and Development Act of 2021. This legislation will support research and development to accelerate progress toward a safer and more efficient, equitable, and resilient …  Continue Reading 

May 27, 2021

Committee Leaders Request GAO Review of Cybersecurity Risks at NASA

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), along with Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Don Beyer (D-VA), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Brian Babin (R-TX) sent a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of the cybersecurity risks to the sensitive data associated with the National Aeronautics and Space …  Continue Reading 

May 27, 2021

Committee Leaders to Introduce Bipartisan Department of Energy Science for the Future Act

(Washington, DC) - Tomorrow, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Subcommittee on Energy Chairman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), and Subcommittee on Energy Ranking Member Randy Weber (R-TX) will introduce the bipartisan Department of Energy Science for the Future Act. The bill provides comprehensive policy guidance and funding authorization for the major research programs stewarded by the Department of Energy's (DOE) …  Continue Reading 

May 26, 2021

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Statement on GAO Report on NASA Lunar Program

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, "NASA Lunar Programs: Significant Work Remains, Underscoring Challenges to Achieving Moon Landing in 2024." The report was the result of an Appropriations request for GAO work on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) lunar programs. NASA has initiated eight programs as part of its goal of returning humans to the surface of the Moon by 2024. The report evaluated NASA's progress on its …  Continue Reading 

May 25, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Results of the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress

(Washington, DC) - Today results were released from the 2019 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 4, 8, and 12 assessments in physical science, life science, and earth and space sciences. The NAEP, also known as The Nation's Report Card, is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of student proficiency in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, U.S. history, civics, and geography. The National Center for Education …  Continue Reading 

May 20, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Urges Americans to Prepare for 2021 Hurricane Season as NOAA Releases Hurricane Outlook

(Washington, DC) - Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released its outlook for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict another active season with a sixty percent chance of an above-normal season. Last year, the storm activity reached historic levels with 30 named storms and record high costs of storm related damages. The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30. "We must ensure Americans are …  Continue Reading 

May 19, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Request DOE Briefing on Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Granholm to request a briefing on the Colonial Pipeline Company ransomware attack. The cyberattack on the company prompted a temporary shutdown of 5,500 miles of pipeline. "The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has broad authority over "all energy research, development, and demonstration" along with the "commercial application of …  Continue Reading 

May 18, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Congresswoman Bonamici Celebrate House Passage of Ocean Acidification Legislation

(Washington, DC) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1447, the "Coastal and Ocean Acidification Stressors and Threats (COAST) Research Act of 2021". This bipartisan legislation addresses 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 Acidification Research and Monitoring Act. The bill was introduced in the House by Congresswoman Suzanne …  Continue Reading 

May 18, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Statement on Passage of Legislation to Strengthen U.S. STEM Pipeline

(Washington, DC)-Today, the House passed H.R. 210, the Rural STEM Education Research Act; H.R. 144, the Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act; H.R. 204, the STEM Opportunities Act; H.R. 2027, the MSI STEM Achievement Act; and H.R. 2695, the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act. Each of the bills will help make significant advancements to improve and strengthen the U.S. STEM pipeline. "We are proud that the House has passed five bipartisan bills addressing different aspects of our …  Continue Reading 

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