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Jan 14, 2020 Opening Statement

Thank you, Chairwoman Johnson. As we start the second session of this 116th Congress, I want to thank you for your leadership. Like many of the hearings we held last year, today’s hearing is an opportunity for a constructive dialogue on the issue of climate change. 

Almost one year ago we held the Science Committee’s first hearing of the Congress titled, “The State of Climate Science and Why It Matters.” We heard testimony from a similar panel of IPCC authors and scientists.

Jan 9, 2020 Opening Statement

Thank you, Chairwoman Johnson. My amendment would add a section to the legislation establishing a commercial space weather data pilot program at NOAA. This amendment is drawn from compromise language agreed to at the end of the 115th Congress by members of this Committee. Let me again be clear that if this amendment is adopted, I am prepared to support the underlying legislation.

Jan 9, 2020 Opening Statement

Thank you, Chairwoman Johnson. This morning, the Committee will mark up H.R. 5260, the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act.

This Committee has held multiple hearings on this important topic. This Congress, the Space and Environment subcommittees held a joint hearing on this topic in October. Members of the subcommittees heard from experts about the potentially severe effects of space weather incidents and how we can best prepare for and mitigate the consequences of these incidents.

Jan 9, 2020 Bill

To improve understanding and forecasting of space weather, and for other purposes.

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Dec 10, 2019 Press Release

Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller Gene Dodaro requesting an evaluation of how the Federal government, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) resolves spectrum interfer

Dec 4, 2019 Opening Statement

Good afternoon Chairwoman Stevens.  I would like to thank you and Chairwoman Fletcher for holding this joint hearing today on the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP). 

As a son of Oklahoma, where - the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain - efforts to reduce the loss of life and property from windstorms is of extreme importance to my family, friends, and neighbors.  Oklahoma is part of an area of the midwest called “tornado alley.” Over the past 10 years, tornados have caused an average financial loss of over $10 billion per year. 

Dec 4, 2019 Opening Statement

Thank you for holding this hearing, Chairwoman Stevens and Chairwoman Fletcher.

I appreciate this committee’s focus on improving forecasting the effects of severe weather events this Congress. Today’s hearing builds on our previous work and examines how we can translate the knowledge gained from improved forecasts and use that to help our constituents better prepare for severe weather events – wind damage in this case.

Dec 4, 2019 Opening Statement

Good afternoon Chairwoman Stevens and Chairwoman Fletcher. Thank you both for holding this joint hearing today. 

I look forward to hearing about the progress the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) has made since its reauthorization in 2015. 

Millions of Americans live in areas vulnerable to hurricanes, tornadoes and other windstorms. 

Due to shifts in population, more than 50 percent of Americans now live on a coast or in tornado alley.

Americans today are more vulnerable than ever to severe weather events.