facebook linkedin twitter

Democrats Introduce Bill to Block ‘Trump’s Multi-Agency Assault’ on Science

March 18, 2019 by Dan McCue
Professor Eric Sanford, Ph.D., looks at a Scarlet Sea cucumber with a Leica M125 microscope in the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory on March 10, 2019 in Bodega Bay, Calif. He is looking at it from different vantage points. The image is projected onto the computer screen to the left. (Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Last week, Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced legislation to address a “longstanding concern that has taken on newfound urgency,” political interference with publicly-funded scientific research.

The bill introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., called “Science Integrity Act” strives to make it so that political considerations do not factor into scientific conclusions.

It does so by prohibiting the suppression of scientific findings and by allowing scientists to answer media inquiries about their work without prior agency approval.

“Independent, rigorous scientific research is one of the most powerful tools we have for advancing the public interest and keeping the American people safe,” Tonko said in a joint statement he and Schatz released on Thursday.

“President Trump’s multi-agency assault on environmental standards has hinged on efforts to distort, bury and even rewrite credible public scientific findings, including his absurd denial of the growing climate crisis and efforts to cover up evidence that the American people are being exposed to dangerous toxins,” he said.

“These are challenging and unprecedented times for science,” Schatz said. “And while it’s not the first time it has been under attack, this time feels worse.

“That’s why we need to answer the call of our times and stand up for science,” the senator continued. “Our bill would protect government science from political interference. It would make data and findings off-limits for political appointees and managers, and make sure scientists follow careful processes for review.”

Among those who immediately endorsed the bill was the Union of Concerned Scientists.

In an email appeal to members, Danielle Fox, the organization’s campaign and science network manager, said that “with a new momentum for scientific integrity in Congress, we have a real chance for a legislative solution to stop the onslaught of the Trump administration’s attacks on federal scientists.”

She goes on to urge the union’s members to call on their legislators to sign on as cosponsors of the Act, reminding them that “when science is censored or manipulated, government decisions about our health, safety, and environment suffer.”

“Scientists need to be able to follow their research wherever it leads—without political interference—and share their findings honestly with the public,” Fox’s appeal says. “This legislation makes science-based policy solutions more likely on the full scale of issues that affect our lives, from chemicals in household products to sustainable, affordable food creation.”

In The News

Health

Voting

Congress

Infrastructure Talks Leave Biden's Entire Agenda at Risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's latest leap into the Senate's up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's latest leap into the Senate's up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal comes with even more at stake than his coveted plans for boosting road, rail and other public works projects. The outcome of the infrastructure bargaining,... Read More

July 28, 2021
by Dan McCue
Voters Reject Trump-Endorsed Republican in Texas Special Election

First-term Texas State Rep. Jake Ellzey defeated fellow Republican Susan Wright in a special runoff  election in Texas’s 6th Congressional... Read More

First-term Texas State Rep. Jake Ellzey defeated fellow Republican Susan Wright in a special runoff  election in Texas’s 6th Congressional District Tuesday night, dealing former President Donald Trump a defeat in terms of the enduring power of his endorsement. Ellzey received 53.3% of the vote to... Read More

'This is How I'm Going to Die': Officers Tell Jan. 6 Stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — "This is how I'm going to die, defending this entrance," Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell recalled thinking,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — "This is how I'm going to die, defending this entrance," Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell recalled thinking, testifying Tuesday at the emotional opening hearing of the congressional panel investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Gonell told House investigators he could feel himself... Read More

July 27, 2021
by TWN Staff
New Dems Unveil Second Slate of Policy Task Forces

WASHINGTON -- The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday unveiled three new policy task forces which will focus on rural reinvestment,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday unveiled three new policy task forces which will focus on rural reinvestment, future of work and capitalism, and trade. The second slate of coalition task forces for the 117th Congress join previously announced panels focusing on climate change,... Read More

July 27, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
U.S. Government Digital Currency Gets a Second Look in Congress

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. dollar risks losing its preeminence in international transactions unless the Federal Reserve moves promptly to sponsor... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. dollar risks losing its preeminence in international transactions unless the Federal Reserve moves promptly to sponsor a digital currency, economists told Congress Tuesday. Once again, the main competitive threat to U.S. currency comes from China, according to witnesses at a House Financial... Read More

As Jan. 6 Probe Begins, Dem Vows: 'We Have to Get it Right'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson, didn't realize the severity of the Jan.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson, didn't realize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection until his wife called him. He was inside the Capitol, sitting in the upper gallery of the House, hoping for what he called a... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top