Press Release

Ranking Member Johnson Applauds Mission of the March for Science

By SpaceRef Editor
April 22, 2017
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Today, science advocates, educators, supporters, and scientists are taking a stance in defense of science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking that have been under attack, and marching on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in addition to hundreds of satellite marches across the globe.
Earlier this week, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), along with all of the Democratic Members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology introduced H.Res. 273, supporting the principles and goals of the March for Science.
Ranking Member Johnson the following statement.
“Though I am disheartened by the fact that there currently is a need to defend the ‘vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments,’ I am thrilled to see such a large and diverse group of people passionate about science, invested in the future of scientific discovery, and committed to the need for science-based policy making.
“Many areas of scientific study have come under pernicious political scrutiny over the past several years, from climate change research to research grants with ‘silly’ or odd sounding titles. There have even been instances of scientists being bullied because of their research. Unfortunately, this trend has worsened over the past several months. Budget plans proposing major cuts to our science agencies; the continued denial of climate change by senior figures in the Administration; and the attempted silencing of federal scientists, among many other anti-scientific actions, are all alarming, unacceptable, and will do serious long term damage to our nation if they continue.
“Science shouldn’t be a partisan issue. I hope that Members on both sides of the aisle are supporting all of the goals of today’s march.
“I am proud to have the opportunity to participate in the March on Science in Dallas, TX and support their official mission, which ‘champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.’”
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