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Dec 2, 2004 Press Release
Representatives Bart Gordon, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Mark Udall wrote to EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt, requesting information about the role of a chemical industry trade association in an EPA pesticide exposure study proposal. The Members pointed out the threat that a conflict of interest existed. (December 2, 2004)

Nov 30, 2004 Article
A letter to EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt from Representatives Bart Gordon, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Mark Udall concerning the structure and conduct of the proposed "longitudinal field measurement study of infant and toddler aggregate exposure to pesticides and persistent pollutants," also known as the "Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study" (November 30, 2004)
Nov 30, 2004 Article
Representatives Bart Gordon, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Mark Udall write EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt to express concern that a cooperative research agreement with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents a conflict of interest.  The agreement allowed the ACC to serve as principal investigator on the Agency's proposed Children's Health Environmental Exposure Research Study, even though the Council represents the industry that might be subject to regulation as a result of the study. (November 30, 2004)
Oct 26, 2004 Press Release
Rep. Bart Gordon, Ranking Democrat on the Committee on Science, released a report on the failure of the Bush Administration and the Republican leadership in Congress to harness science and technology toward the solution of the Nation’s pressing problems. Rep. Gordon’s overall grade for the Republicans’ efforts in science and technology was a "D".  (October 26, 2004)
Jul 9, 2004 Press Release
The House passes the Manufacturing Technology Competitiveness Act; Democrats lament how little it does to actually solve problems for manufacturing firms. (July 9, 2004)
Jun 22, 2004 Article

In May of 2004, Ranking Member Bart Gordon convened a roundtable in his district  to highlight the malign influence posed by the expanding use of methamphetamine. As Mr. Gordon noted in a memorandum to other Members of the Committee, "That event highlighted issues where more research, more knowledge or more tools would be useful to law enforcement or social services providers.

Jun 16, 2004 Press Release
Democrats on the Science Committee try to do more on the Manufacturing Technology Competitiveness Act, but are thwarted by White House pressure on Committee Republicans. (June 16, 2004)
May 26, 2004 Article
Members wrote to the Director of the Office of Management  and Budget to criticize guidance to agencies on the conduct of peer reviews for agency data collections (May 26, 2004)