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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 

May 15, 2019

Chairwomen Johnson and Horn Question Funding Plan for NASA’s Accelerated Moon Landing Program

(Washington, DC) - In late March, Vice President Mike Pence announced a new presidential directive to NASA to return humans to the surface of the moon by 2024, accelerating the mission timeline by 4 years. In order to fund the acceleration of this mission, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released an amendment to the President's FY 2020 NASA budget proposal requesting that Congress appropriate an additional $1.6 billion for the first year of this program, now named Artemis. …  Continue Reading 

May 13, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Subcommittee Chairwoman Stevens’ Statement on U.S. Absence from Amending the Basel Convention

(Washington, DC) - Last week, governments of 187 countries agreed to add plastic waste to the Basel Convention, a treaty created in order to regulate the transfer of hazardous materials from one country to another in an effort to protect human health and the environment from the effects of hazardous wastes. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI), made the following statement. "We are disappointed but …  Continue Reading 

May 07, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson’s Statement on IPBES Biodiversity and Ecosystems Assessment

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a summary for policymakers of the most comprehensive global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystems ever completed. The full report, which is expected to be published later this year, provides a comprehensive picture of the connection between economic development and its impact on nature. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. …  Continue Reading 

May 07, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Introduce STEM Opportunities Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) together introduced H.R. 2528, the STEM Opportunities Act. This legislation requires more comprehensive demographic data collection on the recipients of federal research awards and on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty at U.S. universities; the development of consistent federal policies, such as no-cost award extensions, for recipients of federal research …  Continue Reading 

April 30, 2019

Subcommittee Chairwoman Haley Stevens Introduces American Manufacturing Leadership Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, Research and Technology Subcommittee Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI), along with Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH), Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), introduced H.R. 2397, the American Manufacturing Leadership Act (AMLA). This legislation strengthens our nation's largest investment in advanced manufacturing - the Manufacturing USA Program. Manufacturing USA has made great strides in …  Continue Reading 

April 24, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson's Statement on 20th ALA “State of the Air” Report

(Washington, DC) - Today, the American Lung Association (ALA) released their annual "State of the Air" report. For the past 20 years, the ALA has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile this report. Top-line findings: More than 4 in 10 people in the United States - more than 141.1 million people - lived in counties with unhealthful levels of either ozone or particle pollution, an increase since last year's report. Unhealthy spikes in particle pollution are becoming …  Continue Reading 

April 22, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Earth Day

(Washington, DC) - 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. "On Earth Day we not only celebrate the magnificence and beauty of our planet, but we also recognize a day of activism. Every Earth Day is a rallying call for increased environmental protections. "Now that we are experiencing the ravages of …  Continue Reading 

April 10, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds First Image of a Black Hole by Event Horizon Telescope Team and NSF

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Event Horizon Telescope researchers in coordination with the National Science Foundation announced that they have succeeded in capturing the first ever image of a supermassive black hole. The Event Horizon Telescope project links telescopes around the globe allowing scientists a new way to study distant objects in the universe. The black hole observed in the image is found at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of our sun. …  Continue Reading 

April 03, 2019

Chairwomen Johnson and Sherrill Question EPA Decision to Shift Formaldehyde Assessment from IRIS to TSCA

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting a briefing on the decision to discontinue the EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program's assessment on formaldehyde. This comes after their March 20 announcement that formaldehyde will be assessed under the Toxic Substances Control Act …  Continue Reading 

March 13, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Request Delay of 5G Spectrum Auction

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent letters to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O'Rielly, Brendan Carr, Jessica Rosenworcel, and Geoffrey Starks with concerns about the FCC's plan to auction radio frequency spectrum for 5G wireless communications tomorrow. The frequency spectrum being considered has a potential for signal interference with Earth observation sensors for …  Continue Reading 

March 11, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Trump’s FY 2020 Budget Request

(Washington, DC) - Today, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement. "President Trump and his Administration have once again rejected reality with this FY20 budget request. This request proposes unreasonably deep cuts to many of the nation's federal science agencies, including a 12 percent cut to NSF, 31 percent cuts to both the EPA and NIST, and a 60 percent cut to DOE's advanced energy programs, …  Continue Reading 

March 11, 2019

Space Subcommittee Chair Horn Congratulates SpaceX and NASA on Successful Crew Dragon Demo-1 Mission

(Washington, DC) - On Feb. 28, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Crew Dragon capsule for its Demo-1 flight test. The capsule carried about 400 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station and a dummy named Ripley, which was fitted with sensors to record what astronauts can expect to experience throughout their mission. Three days after the launch, the spacecraft docked autonomously to the International Space Station. After detaching early Friday morning, the capsule …  Continue Reading 

March 07, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on the Passing of Chairman Ralph Hall

(Washington, DC) - Earlier today, former Texas Congressman and Science Committee Chairman Ralph Hall passed away. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) statement is below. "Of all the people I've met and enjoyed serving with during my time in Washington, Ralph Hall was a true friend. My friendship with Congressman Hall dates back to our time serving together in the Texas State Legislature in the 1970s. From the first time we met to that last time I visited him at his home in Rockwall, …  Continue Reading 

March 06, 2019

Science Committee Chairs Question Decision to Halt NASA Air Pollution Monitoring in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) with Environment Subcommittee Chair Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) and Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)sent letters to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and Texas' Commission on Environmental Quality Toxicology Division Director Michael Honeycutt requesting all documents prepared or received in relation to the decision making process that prevented the NASA …  Continue Reading 

March 04, 2019

Members Urge EPA to Complete Formaldehyde Health Assessment, Open Investigations on Compliance with Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy, and Political Appointee’s Potential Ethics Violation

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) joined with Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Ed Markey (D-MA), in sending letters to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and EPA's Scientific Integrity Officer Francesca T. Grifo, Ph.D., asking that EPA complete and release its long-awaited …  Continue Reading 

February 28, 2019

Committee Chairs Question Rationale for Proposed NSC Climate Change Panel

(Washington, DC) - Today, four House Committee Chairs sent a letter to President Trump expressing concerns and raising questions about recent reports that the National Security Council (NSC) plans to assemble a secret panel to counter the scientific consensus on climate change and question its impacts on the national security of the United States. The letter was sent by Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Natural Resources …  Continue Reading 

February 27, 2019

Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Introduce Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act

(Washington, DC) - In recognition of Black History Month, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) andRanking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) today introduced H.R. 1396, the "Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act." This bill awards the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest civilian honor, to Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Christine Darden, and all the women computers, mathematicians, and engineers at NASA, and its precursor organization the National Advisory Committee …  Continue Reading 

February 15, 2019

House Committee Leaders Request Extension of Public Comment Periods Affected by the Government Shutdown

(Washington, D.C.) - Eight House Committee leaders sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney today requesting an immediate extension of public comment periods, hearings and meetings that were affected by the government shutdown earlier this year. The letter was signed by Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Homeland Security Chairman Bennie …  Continue Reading 

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