(Washington, DC) – Today, House Science Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) released a joint statement in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and researchers in the United States.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a valuable part of our research community. Their contributions to academia, federal research, and our STEM workforce have been, and will continue to be, a critical source of our scientific success. Recent violence and hostility directed at the AAPI community is unacceptable and antithetical to our values as Americans. It is damaging to the openness and collaboration that are the hallmarks of our scientific enterprise. We strongly condemn the hatred being directed towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and we pledge to continue our bipartisan work to improve diversity and representation in our STEM community.”