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Dec 9, 2019 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered and passed five bipartisan Science, Space, and Technology Committee bills under suspension of the rules. 

Dec 5, 2019 Opening Statement

Thank you, Chairwoman Johnson, for holding this hearing today.  I appreciate the opportunity to discuss ways to improve the resources available to Congress for science and technology issues.

Over the last few years, we’ve heard that some members of Congress do not believe they have the resources they need to evaluate science and technology issues.  In response, the Appropriations Committees have taken a number of steps to address these concerns.

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. 

Nov 21, 2019 Press Release

Republican Members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, led by Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), sent a letter to Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today calling for a renewed focus on critical scientific and technological challenges needed to maintain American competitiveness.

Nov 20, 2019 Opening Statement

Good morning Chairwoman Johnson.  I would like to thank you and Vice Chairman Bera for holding this hearing, especially given we are in the middle of flu season. 

In the United States, nearly a million individuals are hospitalized for the flu every year, including more than 48,000 children.  In Oklahoma, since the 2019 flu season began on September 1st, there has been one death and 73 hospitalizations from the flu.  However, these numbers would be far worse if we did not have vaccines.  Vaccination is, by far, the best flu prevention measure we have today.