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Tonko Picks Up Second House Committee: Science, Space and Technology

Adds roles on Science Committee Research & Tech, Environment subcommittees to his E&C committee leadership

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Washington, January 30, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON – One of a small handful of engineers in Congress, Congressman Paul Tonko was selected today to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, including on its Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Environment. These appointments come in addition to his elected leadership role on the Energy and Commerce (E&C) Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change and service on several other E&C subcommittees. As part of his work on the Science Committee, Tonko plans to continue his push to enact the Scientific Integrity Act, a bill that sets a high standard for keeping public scientific research independent from political or special interest meddling.

“Our Capital Region is a perfect example of smart, decisive investment at the horizons of science creating great jobs and unprecedented opportunity,” Tonko said. “The cutting-edge research programs overseen by the House Science Committee have a long track record of delivering incredible advances in clean energy, public health, mobile computing, advanced manufacturing and job and business creation that have transformed our lives for the better. We have empowered America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses to deliver those achievements to the world’s consumers through SBIR, STTR and other effective programs. I am excited to work with our new Democratic majority on the committee to propel these visionary programs forward for researchers, workers and businesses throughout our Capital Region and beyond.”

The Research and Technology subcommittee has jurisdiction over non-defense federal scientific research and development. Specifically, the committee has partial or complete jurisdiction over the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Fire Administration among others. The Subcommittee on Research and Technology has jurisdiction and investigative authority over matters related to research and development, engineering, advanced manufacturing, education and multiple other arenas in the nation’s science policy.

The Environment subcommittee oversees all matters relating to environmental research and standards, climate change, and weather. The committee has jurisdiction over related agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), and certain remote sensing data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

This will be Tonko’s fifth term serving on the Science, Space and Technology committee.

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