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Aug 3, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - The Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) was authorized by Congress to create a community-driven modeling system that leverages innovations from the broader weather enterprise. On November 20, 2019, the Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing titled, “A Task of EPIC Proportions: Reclaiming U.S.

Jul 31, 2020 Press Release

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas released a statement today opposing H.R. 7617, the minibus spending package for Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development.

Jul 14, 2020 Opening Statement

Thank you, Chairwoman Johnson. 

As we continue to fight COVID-19, I appreciate that we’re focusing our hearing time on this pandemic. 

Environmental justice, public health, and extreme weather are very serious topics that deserve our attention. It’s well documented that low-income and minority communities are adversely affected by these issues. And while I appreciate the effort to better understand why and how that is, I think the structure and scope of today’s hearing doesn’t give us the chance to focus on potential solutions. 

Jun 24, 2020 Bill

The bill authorizes approximately $26 billion in COVID-19 emergency relief for federal science agencies – such as the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation and others – to award to research universities, independent institutions, and national laboratories to continue working on federally-funded research projects.

Bill text is available here.

Jun 18, 2020 Press Release

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas released a statement today praising the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for significantly reducing expenses in a key satellite observation program. The data, released on June 18, showed a decrease of $735 million for the program’s life-cycle costs.

Apr 30, 2020 Press Release
Yesterday, 11 Members of Congress sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller Gene Dodaro requesting the examination of multiple issues concerning the federal government’s response to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia (state of low oxygen in the water), including how it is helping state and local governments address the problem, what adaptation methods are being emp
Mar 25, 2020 Press Release

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.

Mar 6, 2020 Press Release

Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Acting Administrator, Dr. Neil Jacobs, regarding the upcoming release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC). The EPIC program’s goal is to advance U.S.