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Jul 30, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Frank Lucas and Republican Committee Members sent a letter to Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Chairman Bill Foster requesting an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. 

Jul 26, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Last week, Chairman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Ranking Member Jay Obernolte (R-CA) of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight sent a letter to Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Lander requesting a review of the adequacy and implementation of their oversight policies for life sciences dual use research of concern and federally-funded res

Jul 14, 2021 Opening Statement

Thank you, Chairman Foster for holding today’s hearing. And thank you to our witnesses for your participation.

While this Committee has held a handful of hearings over the last 18 months examining the role of the scientific community in combatting COVID-19, I would be remiss if I did not mention that today’s hearing is the first official effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to explore the origins of this pandemic. I hope we can use today’s hearing as an important first step towards a full Congressional inquiry into the origins of COVID-19.

Jul 14, 2021 Opening Statement

Thank you, Chairman Foster, for holding today’s hearing on principles for investigating the origins of COVID-19. And thank you to our witnesses for appearing before us today.

Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to commend Chairman Foster for his bipartisanship and his willingness to hold the first official House Committee hearing related to the origins of COVID-19. I’m hopeful that this hearing will serve as an example of how Congress can work together to move forward on investigating the origins of this terrible pandemic.

Jun 3, 2021 Press Release

On Thursday, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (SST) Ranking Member Frank Lucas (OK-3) and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Ranking Member Mike Waltz (FL-6) sent a joint letter to White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) Director Eric Lander requesting information on OSTP’s role in President Biden’s review of the COVID-19 origins and the OSTP’s plans for reviewin

May 18, 2021 Press Release
Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) joined Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-AR) on a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), calling on her to cease remote voting measures and return the House of Representatives to regular order. Every committee ranking member and member of Republican leadership joined the letter as signatories. In part, the members wrote:
May 18, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC)—Today, the House passed the following bipartisan Science Committee bills:

May 18, 2021 Bill


H.R. 144, the Supporting Early Career Researchers Act



This bill authorizes the National Science Foundation to establish a two-year pilot program to award grants to highly qualified early-career investigators to carry out an independent research program at the institution of higher education chosen by such investigator, to last for a period not greater than two years.