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Bonamici to Continue Serving on House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

February 1, 2019
Press Release
Congresswoman will continue work to protect environment, advocate for oceans on Environment and Oversight Subcommittees

 

WASHINGTON, DC [02/1/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici announced that she will serve on two subcommittees on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee: Environment, and Investigations and Oversight.

 

“I look forward to bringing science back to the Science Committee and working with my colleagues to restore the Committee to its rightful role of advancing and supporting research and scientific discovery,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Like many parts of the country, Northwest Oregon is experiencing the harmful effects of climate change, including changes to ocean chemistry, increased air pollution, severe wildfires, and more extreme weather events. As a member of the Environment Subcommittee, I will advocate for meaningful action on climate change and stronger environmental protections for our oceans and estuaries. I will continue to hold this Administration — particularly the Environmental Protection Agency — accountable for its failure to protect human health and the environment.

 

“Unfortunately, over the past several years the Republican majority seemed to ignore science and failed to provide any meaningful oversight of the Trump Administration. As a member of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, I look forward to finally holding accountable the agencies within the Committee’s jurisdiction. The Administration’s dismissal and disrespect of scientists needs to end. It is harmful to our planet and our communities.”

 

Bonamici has been a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee since 2012. During the 114th and 115thCongresses, she served as the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on the Environment.

 

Bonamici has repeatedly led efforts to hold the Trump Administration accountable for its attacks on science, the environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She led 97 of her colleagues in opposing Acting Administrator Wheeler’s plans to eliminate the EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor, and spoke out against the nomination of Acting Administrator Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to lead the EPA. She has defended science by testifying at the EPA, and called on NOAA to address harassment of women scientists.

 

Bonamici has led efforts to highlight the alarming science on climate change. After the Administration tried to bury the Fourth National Climate Assessment by releasing it on a holiday weekend, she shared climate findings from the assessment every day on Twitter for six weeks. Then she led 96 members in calling on President Trump to act on climate change and take heed of the findings of the Assessment. Along with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Bonamici led 42 of her colleagues in sending a letter earlier this week to Acting Administrator Wheeler urging him to read the National Climate Assessment.

 

As Co-Chair of the House Oceans Caucus and Congressional Estuary Caucus, Bonamici has also been a leader on protecting the health of our oceans. She has called for strengthening the federal investment in science and research on changing environmental conditions, introducing legislation on ocean acidification, and passing legislation to address hypoxia and harmful algal blooms. After the Administration rescinded National Ocean Policy, she called for it to be reinstated.

 

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