Week in Review 7.29.22

Science Committee Democrats
3 min readJul 29, 2022

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.

Congress Passes the CHIPS and Science Act

On Thursday, the House passed the CHIPS and Science Act. The CHIPS and Science Act includes provisions that make historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackle supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolster America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthen America’s economic and national security at home and abroad.

Watch Chairwoman Johnson Speak on the House Floor in support of the CHIPS and Science Act

“The Science Committee provisions in this bill were put together with the needs of each and every American in mind. The CHIPS and Science Act will soon reach the President’s desk for signature and Americans across the nation will be able to experience the benefits of this transformational bill.”

- Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Learn more about the CHIPS and Science Act here.

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds House Passage of 8 House Science Bills

This week, the House of Representatives passed 8 bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

The House of Representatives passed the following bills:

“I am pleased the House passed bipartisan legislation this week that will support STEM students and researchers, ensure Americans have access to reliable communication during weather events, strengthen research on COVID-19 and harmful PFAS chemicals, create more transparency at DOE, bolster scientific integrity, and establish an Office of the Chief Scientist within NOAA. I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working together to pass this bipartisan legislation, and I look forward to seeing their advancement.”

- Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Read the full press release here.

Exploring Cyber Space: Cybersecurity Issues for Civil and Commercial Space Systems

On Thursday, the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing to examine cybersecurity for civil and commercial space systems, including current and potential cybersecurity risks, the status of policies and guidance regarding cybersecurity for space systems, and opportunities for facilitating and strengthening cybersecurity for civil and commercial space systems, among other issues.

“We need to make every effort to understand what further actions can be and should be taken to strengthen cybersecurity for civil and commercial space systems, including commercial space systems that provide mission-critical government data and services. Malicious disruptions to such systems would have significant impacts to critical services, our economy, and the growing $447 billion global space economy, including everything from weather and environmental forecasting to forestry management, communications, space science, and national security.”

- Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA) of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

Read the witnesses’ testimonies and watch the hearing here.

Coming up in Committee

There is no committee activity scheduled for next week.

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Science Committee Democrats

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology