Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Lamar Smith

Full Committee Hearing - EPA’s Carbon Plan: Failure by Design

2014/07/30

EPA’s Carbon Plan: Failure by Design

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Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing - A Review of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

2014/07/29

A Review of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

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Full Committee Markup - H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013

2014/07/25

The Committee will meet to consider the following measure, or for other purposes:

H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013                  -H.R. 2996 as introduced                                     -H.R. 2996 ANS

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Full Committee Event - Live from the International Space Station

2014/07/24

The downlink will be webast live HERE.

A live downlink with astronauts:

  • Dr. Steve Swanson, Astronaut, Commander-Expedition 40, International Space Station
  • CDR G. Reid Wiseman (USN), Astronaut, Flight Engineer-Expedition 40, International Space Station
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House Passes Two Committee Bills

2014/07/22

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved two bipartisan Science, Space, and Technology Committee bills to help make federal research and development (R&D) more effective and efficient.

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “Research and development conducted at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) national labs and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) keep us on the cutting edge of global technological capabilities. Improving communication between the DOE labs and the private sector will help speed ideas and products created in the labs to the market. Further, measurement science conducted at NIST contributes to industrial competitiveness by supporting the technical infrastructure for advancements in nanotechnology, global positioning systems, materials sciences, cybersecurity, health information technology and a variety of other fields.”

The House passed the following measures:

  • The Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014 (H.R.5120), Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.). The Department of Energy’s national laboratory complex supports basic and applied research across the United States.  These state-of-the art facilities have led to scientific discoveries, but currently the process to move early-stage research from the laboratories towards commercialization is lagging. This legislation provides the laboratories increased flexibility to more efficiently partner with the private sector.
  • The NIST Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 5035), sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.).  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories, founded in 1901. NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.  H.R. 5035 updates and codifies programs at NIST to help the agency fulfil its important mission.

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Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing - Policies to Spur Innovative Medical Breakthroughs from Laboratories to Patients

2014/07/17

Policies to Spur Innovative Medical Breakthroughs from Laboratories to Patients

Hearing Charter

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Subcommittee Explores Policies to Encourage Medical Breakthroughs

2014/07/17

Washington, D.C. - The Subcommittee on Research and Technology today convened a hearing to explore current policy options to incentivize breakthrough advances in disease treatments. Members heard from a distinguished panel that included one of the first scientists to sequence the human genome and a Nobel Laureate in medicine.

Subcommittee Chairman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.): “As a cardio-thoracic surgeon and medical professional, I know firsthand there are many complexities surrounding the human body. And understanding human disease is one of the most challenging problems facing the scientific and medical communities. The creative drive of American science is the individual investigator, and I have faith they will continue to tackle, understand and contribute original approaches to these problems.”

An industry that did not exist 30 years ago, U.S. biotechnology has brought new products and processes to the international marketplace, including more than 300 biotech drugs and vaccines, with potential for many more advances. Modern advances have also converged to create new research fields that further biomedical science.

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “National Science Foundation (NSF)  research could help us better understand conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and many other neurological disorders. Countless lives have unfortunately been lost to these diseases.  And the economic impact and physical and emotional toll they can put on families can make them even more devastating. Efficient and effective use of NSF funding geared toward basic research will help us better understand medical conditions and lead to medical breakthroughs that benefit both doctors and patients alike.”

Medical science has benefited enormously from fields as diverse as applied mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, molecular biology, and chemistry. More importantly, basic science research results from NSF funded research will be the future experimental tools for hypothesis-based data-driven research for medical science researchers.

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act, supports basic research that has the potential to improve the daily lives of Americans. The FIRST Act increases funding for subjects such as mathematics, physical sciences, biological sciences, computer sciences, and engineering for Fiscal Year 2015. The FIRST Act, which was successfully reported out of Committee in May, includes a $270 million increase for Fiscal Year 2015 over current NSF spending for these important subject areas. Witnesses today discussed additional policies to spur more innovation and investment for medical breakthroughs.

The following witnesses testified today:Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of HealthDr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President and Carson Family Professor, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller UniversityDr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering, Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley; and Director, Synthetic Biology Engineering Research CenterDr. Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, J. Craig Venter Institute, Synthetic Genomics, Inc., and Human Longevity, Inc.

For more information about the hearing, including witness testimony and the hearing webcast, visit the Science, Space, and Technology website.

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Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Environment Joint Hearing - Status of Reforms to EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System

2014/07/16

Status of Reforms to EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System

Hearing Charter

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SST Oversight Subcommittee Letter to DOC Inspector General Todd Zinser

2014/07/16

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SST Oversight Subcommittee Letter to NCSU Chancellor Dr. Woodson

2014/07/15

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Membership

Jim Bridenstine

OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

Mo Brooks

ALABAMA's 5th DISTRICT

Paul Broun

GEORGIA's 10th DISTRICT

Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

Ralph Hall

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Frank Lucas

OKLAHOMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Cynthia Lummis

WYOMING

Thomas Massie

KENTUCKY's 4th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Bill Posey

FLORIDA's 8th DISTRICT

Dana Rohrabacher

CALIFORNIA's 48th DISTRICT

David Schweikert

ARIZONA's 6th DISTRICT

Jim Sensenbrenner

WISCONSIN's 5th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Steve Stockman

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT