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(Washington, DC) - Today, Ranking Member Frank Lucas of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology congratulated the thousands of professionals at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for successfully launching the Perseverance Mars Rover and expressed confidence in NASA’s future of crewed exploration on the Moon and Mars.
“The American research enterprise has been deeply impacted by COVID-19 and is facing never-before-seen challenges,” said Ranking Member Frank Lucas of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. “Without targeted and immediate support, we’ll lose valuable R&D and fall behind on scientific and technological progress and could begin losing our STEM workforce pipeline.
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.
As we fight to keep America safe, healthy, and economically stable during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is one certainty: our success depends on science. When faced with a challenge, America’s scientists and engineers have always answered the call and the current crisis is no different. When COVID-19 reached the U.S., they immediately pivoted to apply their knowledge and resources to fight this virus.
This COVID Research Act requires the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake specified actions related to forecasting emerging infectious diseases.
The OSTP, acting through the National Science and Technology Council, must establish an interagency working group to coordinate federal activities concerning infectious disease prediction and forecasting. Among other tasks, the working group must identify challenges in predicting outbreaks and develop a strategic plan to address them.
(Washington, DC) – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas released a statement today on the appointment of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as Acting Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Droegemeier is taking over from Dr. France Córdova whose term has ended. Droegemeier will continue to serve as the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) during this time as the Senate considers the nomination of Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan to lead NSF.