Week in Review 5.20.22

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee newsletter! The SST Newsletter highlights the goings on of the Committee, the hard work of our Members, and a look ahead.

Passed Out of Committee: Four Bipartisan Bills

On Tuesday, the Science Committee held a Full Committee Markup of four bills.

Members passed all four bipartisan bills favorably out of Committee:

- H.R. 7569, the “Energy Cybersecurity University Leadership Act of 2022”

- H.R. 7361, the “National Weather Service Communications Improvement Act”

- H.R. 7289, the “Federal PFAS Research Evaluation Act”

- H.R. 7180, the “Brycen Gray and Ben Price COVID-19 Cognitive Research Act”

You can watch the markup and view the legislation here.

Building a Workforce to Navigate the Electric Vehicle Future

Today, the Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing to discuss the workforce needs for the automotive mobility and electrification industry in order to position the U.S. at the center of growth for electric vehicles. Witnesses provided insights and strategies for meeting clean energy goals while bolstering national competitiveness and ensuring shared prosperity for American workers.

“Michigan remains the preeminent automotive manufacturing hub in our country. Our discussion today will focus on a vital element of continuing this leadership — the workforce. Because let me be very clear — we can develop the most cutting-edge battery technology in the world, but that innovation only translates into economic and environmental benefits through the work of talented men and women who make it happen on the factory floor. “

- Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology

Read the witnesses’ testimonies and watch the hearing here.

ICYMI: House Science Members Introduce Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking

Last week, Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), introduced the Counter Human Trafficking Research and Development Act. This legislation will create a National Counter Human Trafficking Research and Development Initiative at the White House to develop anti-trafficking technologies and accelerate scientific understanding of human trafficking, including tools to better measure the prevalence of human trafficking and to detect and disrupt human trafficking demand.

“The interagency committee and research directed under this Act will help fill knowledge gaps, bring together interdisciplinary teams of scientists, and facilitate the development of standards for improved data sharing with consideration of survivor privacy.”

— Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

“I look forward to working with my good friend Mr. Beyer, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and my colleagues on the Science Committee to move this bill to the House floor as soon as possible.”

— Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)

“There is still much work to be done in our fight against human trafficking, but this bill ensures the necessary resources and infrastructure are available to eradicate this heinous crime.”

— Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

Coming up in Committee

Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Hearing

Subject: “A Review of the Decadal Strategy for Planetary Science and Astrobiology 2023–2032”

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. ET

Place: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building and Online via Zoom

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