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(Washington, DC) – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Randy Weber introduced legislation today to improve nuclear energy research.
H.R. 6796, The Nuclear Energy for the Future Act, will help make nuclear energy even safer, more efficient, and more affordable through the development of advanced technologies.
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas has introduced legislation to support the scientific community’s ability to fight the novel coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
H.R. 6599, the Computing Opportunities to Vanquish Infectious Diseases Research Act of 2020 (the COVID Research Act) authorizes critical work being done by the federal research enterprise to successfully combat infectious diseases like COVID-19.
Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller Gene Dodaro requesting an evaluation of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) science and technology (S&T) development priorities that would aid in efficiently and expeditiously implementing its cleanup mission.
H.R. 6084 – Water Power Research and Development Act
H.R. 6097 – Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act
Thank you, Chairwoman Fletcher.
I’ll start by restating an important part of my opening statement: I support Representative Lamb’s intent with this legislation, and I am committed to continuing our discussions on this bill to reach a place of bipartisan agreement.
Thank you, Chairwoman Fletcher.
H.R. 4733, the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act authorizes a research program on the health effects of low dose radiation within DOE’s Office of Science. Currently, key functions of the U.S. nuclear and medical industries are guided by assumption-based radiation dose limits and protections.
Thank you, Chairwoman Fletcher, for the opportunity to speak on these energy bills this morning.
On the Science Committee, we have a responsibility to support the research and development activities that will grow our economy, strengthen our national security, protect our environment, and help maintain U.S. leadership in science and technology for the next generation. This is especially true on the Energy Subcommittee, where our actions can have a direct impact on the future of the U.S. clean energy economy which touches all of these sectors and interests.
Thank you, Chairwoman Johnson, for holding today’s full committee mark-up.
The Science Committee has one of the best track records in Congress for passing productive, bipartisan legislation, and I’m very pleased to see us upholding that tradition this morning. We’ve reached bipartisan agreement on the five energy bills being considered today.
Thank you, Chairwoman Johnson. This morning, I am grateful for another opportunity to discuss our bill, H.R. 5374, the Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act of 2019, which authorizes research, development, and demonstration of innovative geothermal energy technologies at the Department of Energy (DOE).