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April 21, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on the Case for a Federal Climate Service

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Environment is holding a hearing titled, "Working Towards Climate Equity: the Case for a Federal Climate Service." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Thank you, Chairwoman Sherrill, for holding this important hearing today. Good morning and thanks to all our witnesses for being here. As we heard at last month's climate hearing, climate change …  Continue Reading 

April 21, 2021

Chairwoman Sherrill Opening Statement for Hearing on the Case for a Federal Climate Service

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Environment is holding a hearing titled, "Working Towards Climate Equity: the Case for a Federal Climate Service." Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Environment, Rep. Mikie Sherrill's (D-NJ), opening statement for the record is below. Good morning, and welcome to the first Environment Subcommittee hearing of the 117th Congress. I would also like to welcome Ranking Member Bice to the …  Continue Reading 

April 15, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on the Future of American Innovation

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is holding a full Committee hearing titled, "Reimagining Our Innovation Future." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Good morning and welcome to today's hearing. And welcome to our distinguished panel of witnesses. I look forward to hearing your expert insights on how we can ensure continued United States leadership in science and technology and harness our …  Continue Reading 

March 25, 2021

Chairman Bowman Opening Statement for Hearing on Research and Development Needs for Sustainable Building Technologies

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Energy is holding a hearing titled, "Building Technologies Research for a Sustainable Future." Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy Rep. Jamaal Bowman's (D-NY), opening statement for the record is below. Good afternoon, and thank you to all of our witnesses who are joining us virtually today to discuss the importance of sustainable buildings research. This is a critical component of fighting …  Continue Reading 

March 25, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Research and Development Needs for Sustainable Building Technologies

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Energy is holding a hearing titled, "Building Technologies Research for a Sustainable Future." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Good Afternoon and thank you Chairman Bowman for holding this hearing today, as well as to all of our witnesses for being here. The sustainability of our buildings is a topic that touches on every American …  Continue Reading 

March 24, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on R&D Pathways to Sustainable Aviation

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics is holding a hearing titled, "Examining R&D Pathways to Sustainable Aviation." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Good morning. I would like to begin by welcoming Chairman Beyer as the new Chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee for the 117th Congress. I also want to welcome back Ranking Member Babin and all …  Continue Reading 

March 24, 2021

Chairman Beyer Opening Statement for Hearing on R&D Pathways to Sustainable Aviation

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics is holding a hearing titled, "Examining R&D Pathways to Sustainable Aviation." Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Rep. Don Beyer's (D-VA), opening statement for the record is below. Good morning, and welcome to our distinguished witnesses. Thank you for being here. I also want to welcome our new and returning Subcommittee Members to our first Space …  Continue Reading 

March 18, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Research Needs for a Secure and Resilient Grid Following the Texas Blackouts

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is holding a full Committee hearing titled, "Lessons Learned from the Texas Blackouts: Research Needs for a Secure and Resilient Grid." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Just one month ago on Valentine's Day, Winter Storm Uri descended on Texas and broke cold temperature records across the state. Forty-eight percent of the electricity generation capacity for the …  Continue Reading 

March 17, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Rebuilding the Federal Scientific Workforce

Good morning. I would like to begin by welcoming back Chairman Foster as the Chairman of the Investigations & Oversight Subcommittee for the 117th Congress, and by welcoming Ranking Member Obernolte to the Subcommittee. I look forward to working with both of you on a vigorous oversight agenda to strengthen federal scientific research and promote the advancement of American science and technology. The subject of today's hearing is critically important for the future of research and …  Continue Reading 

March 17, 2021

Chairman Foster Opening Statement for Hearing on Rebuilding the Federal Scientific Workforce

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight is holding a hearing titled, "Brain Drain: Rebuilding the Federal Scientific Workforce." Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, Rep. Bill Foster's (D-IL), opening statement for the record is below. Good morning, and thank you to all of our Members and panelists for joining us today for this Subcommittee hearing on brain drain from the …  Continue Reading 

March 12, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on the Impacts of the Climate Crisis

(Dallas, TX) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is holding a full Committee hearing titled, "The Science Behind Impacts of the Climate Crisis." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Good morning and welcome to the first climate change hearing of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the 117th Congress. I want to thank our esteemed panel for joining us today. Our communities are already dealing with the …  Continue Reading 

March 09, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Markup of H.R. 144

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. As Science, Space, and Technology Committee Members heard from a panel of experts in a hearing last month, the U.S. research enterprise has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been a significant drop in research productivity over the last year, with researchers in experimental fields, including those who collect data at field sites and from certain research facilities being particularly …  Continue Reading 

February 26, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Floor Statement on HR 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

I rise today in strong support of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores a year ago, researchers across the nation and across many fields of science and engineering jumped into action. The nation's STEM talent redirected brainpower and resources to combating the pandemic, and thanks in large part to these efforts, we now have some positive news about our fight against COVID. However, important scientific work remains to be done in this effort. The …  Continue Reading 

February 25, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on COVID-19 and the U.S. Research Enterprise

(Dallas, TX) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is holding a full Committee hearing titled, "Building Back the U.S. Research Enterprise: COVID Impacts and Recovery." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Good morning and welcome to today's hearing. I want to thank our distinguished panel for joining us today. This week our Nation passed yet another heart wrenching milestone. More than half a million of our friends, …  Continue Reading 

February 19, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on COVID Vaccine Science and Uptake

(Dallas, TX) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is holding a full Committee hearing titled, "The Science of COVID-19 Vaccines and Encouraging Vaccine Uptake." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Good morning and welcome to the first hearing of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the 117th Congress. We have an accomplished set of Members on our Committee who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to …  Continue Reading 

February 18, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Full Committee Organizational Meeting

(Dallas, TX) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is holding an organizational meeting to adopt the Committee Rules for the 117th Congress. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. I'd like to first welcome all the old and new Members to the Committee. Members who have been on this Committee before know that I always say: the Science, Space, and Technology Committee is the committee of the future. The things that we …  Continue Reading 

September 30, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Addressing the Compound Crises of Extreme Weather, Social Injustice, and the Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Environment is holding a hearing titled, "Coping with Compounding Crises: Extreme Weather, Social Injustice, and a Global Pandemic." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Thank you, Chairwoman Sherrill, for holding this important hearing today. Good morning and thanks to all our witnesses for being here. We are in an unprecedented moment in our …  Continue Reading 

September 30, 2020

Chairwoman Sherrill Opening Statement for Hearing on Addressing the Compound Crises of Extreme Weather, Social Injustice, and the Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Environment is holding a hearing titled, "Coping with Compounding Crises: Extreme Weather, Social Injustice, and a Global Pandemic." Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Environment, Rep. Mikie Sherrill's (D-NJ), opening statement for the record is below. Good morning, and welcome to this Environment Subcommittee hearing on Coping with Compound Crises: Extreme Weather, Social Injustice, and a …  Continue Reading 

September 23, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson Floor Statement on the Consideration of H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) spoke on the House floor during consideration of H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. H.R. 4447 includes 16 bipartisan bills contributed by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) floor statement is below. The threat of climate change is one of the most urgent threats we face. Today, as I speak, vast portions of the west coast of our Nation are consumed …  Continue Reading 

September 23, 2020

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Data Management during COVID-19

(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight is holding a hearing titled, "Data for Decision-Making: Responsible Management of Data during COVID-19 and Beyond." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D-TX) opening statement for the record is below. Thank you, Chairman Foster, and thank you to our panel of witnesses for appearing before the Subcommittee today. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed 200,000 lives in the …  Continue Reading 

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